Multichannel communications business implements low carbon & net zero strategies using grants from the Manufacturing Growth Programme | Manufacturing Growth Programme

Datagraphic is a multichannel communications company, with its production and technology centre in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Datagraphic prints, posts, and presents online, outbound customer mail for leading UK public and private sector organisations. It also produces security print such as cheques and giro paying-in books.

The business started printing cheques over 30 years ago, and has since built on its reputation for professionally handling sensitive and financial data, to be a trusted partner to hundreds of well-known organisations.

Datagraphic wanted to develop carbon footprint processes in line with the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol standards. To support this, the Manufacturing Growth Programme provided grant funding towards two business improvement projects. Their first improvement project was the development of energy-saving plans and ISO 50001. Their second project supported them with a net zero carbon strategy and implementation of the strategy.

“This is a great example of how targeted business support can assist a business with looking at ways in which they can become more efficient with the application of the Quality Standard ISO 50001 to support energy savings and the implementation of Net Zero Carbon Strategies to reduce emissions and continuously support the business with the collection of GHG emissions data within their own business and that of their supply chain and in turn the whole of their value chain.” Michelle Connor, Manufacturing Growth Manager for MGP

As part of the projects, they mapped the flow of electricity throughout the manufacturing site. This helped to focus on the electricity consumption by all the energy-intensive plant and their ancillary equipment. The company are keen to continuously improve as a business and is embedding the Energy Management System into the ISO 50001 standard.

Peter Wells, Head of Sustainability and Commercial Manager at Datagraphic, explains why the business wanted to develop a net zero carbon strategy proactively,

“Our clients, quite rightly, are making sustainability more of a priority when buying goods and services. They expect us to deliver on environmental promises, and to support their needs proactively. Having a clearly defined net zero strategy makes us accountable. It helps us retain market share in this very competitive sector. It also provides opportunities to make operational efficiencies, which are vital as costs in recent years have been rising rapidly.”

The improvement projects have boosted the efficiency of the business in terms of their processes and two new Programmer roles have been created.

Future plans for the business include investigating further ways to be efficient and cut down on emissions.

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