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  • Environment
    ...respecting our environment

    We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, handling our waste efficiently and increasing our ecological product offer.

    Tour Optimisation Planning (TOP)

    To reduce the 50 million miles per annum travelled by our merchandisers across the Group, by at least 10% over the next two years, therefore leading to a reduction in our carbon footprint.

    We have invested over 1.5 million euros in developing an automated route planning system which creates more efficient routes for our merchandisers to follow. This will lead to a reduction in the total miles travelled between sites whilst optimising machine visits, leading to greater consumer satisfaction. Thanks to TOP, we can work smarter and in a more environmentally friendly way. 

    The system is currently being implemented in the UK where we have seen savings of 10% in fuel usage. TOP will be rolled out across all major countries in Europe during the latter part of 2010 into 2011.

    Environmental Standards

    To reduce carbon emissions and waste we have developed minimum environmental standards across different areas of our business including recycling, transport and machine development.

    We dispose of all our equipment in accordance with the European Commission’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) standards. In addition, where it makes sense environmentally, we extend the lifecycle of our machines via refurbishment and ensure that the majority of machine parts are recycled or reused. We are also investing in more environmental friendly machines that are designed to make recycling easier at the end of their life cycle.

    Where facilities are available, we partner with recycling schemes in the various countries to ensure cups and product containers are recycled.

    Machine Development

    To supply vending machines which use modern production methods and technology in order to increase their energy efficiency. All our new models must have, as a minimum, a 20% reduction in energy consumption versus the previous model. In addition, new machines must have a minimum of 10% recycled materials. We also aim to purchase over 90% of our machines from production companies with ISO14001 accreditation. We use LED-lights instead of traditional lighting to reduce energy consumption.

    Over the last few years we have launched a number of new machines which both meet and exceed our machine development goals including a glass fronted cold drinks machine, the St. Tropez which uses 50% less energy in stand-by mode than the previous machine. And Boston and Santa Fe, the new generation of snack and drinks machines, which use 24% less energy in stand by mode than the previous models.