Caterer’s Ashby HQ certified carbon neutral

Wilson Vale has taken a giant stride towards its net zero target by becoming one of the first catering companies in the UK to achieve certified carbon neutral status.

The firm has introduced a range of measures to reduce emissions at its headquarters in Ashby, including solar panels, a state-of-the-art Daikin heat-pump climate control system and electric car chargers, as part of its ongoing ESG strategy.

The caterer says it now intends to fully electrify its fleet of company vehicles by the end of 2024.

In July Wilson Vale told it was planning to create in excess of 100 jobs this year after forecasting a 25% spike in its gross profits.

The firm already employs over 650 people and works with more than 300 British suppliers.

Graeme Watson, ESG director at Wilson Vale, said: “There are three Scopes for emissions categorised by the UK government for Net Zero commitments. Our environmental projects planned years ago have now put us ahead of the curve, making it relatively easy to become Carbon Neutral for Scopes 1 and 2 with minimal offsetting of our residual carbon emissions.

“We are delighted and proud to have achieved this – it is testament to our strong core environmental ethos since our inception 20 years ago. In future years, the aim is to drive down the few carbon credits required so that our offsetting is as low as it can possibly be.

“On Scope 3, we are looking at more initiatives that we can collaborate on with our supply network and our client sites to tip the scales – virtually all Scope 3 emissions fall out of our immediate control though we can have a positive influencing factor.”

Watson added: “We are excited to have begun our journey to Net Zero, a destination we hope to reach by 2045 and we look forward to continuing our efforts as a green organisation.”

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