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UK leaders in secure document automation and production, Datagraphic, is taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of business with a new partnership directly addressing climate change and poverty.

The Chesterfield head-quartered business, which also has a site at Rugby, has selected climate and sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offset its carbon emissions through a range of innovative programmes which improve health, reduce deforestation and the impact of carbon in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Joanne Hawxwell, Business Manager & Head of Sustainability at Datagraphic comments: “Sustainability is a key driving force in our services to businesses enabling them to work in climate conscious and efficient ways by streamlining documentation and reducing paper and ink use. That mind-set is integral in our own business which is why, as well as continuously seeking and implementing ways to reduce our carbon footprint at our two sites we’re now partnering with ClimateCare to off-set any unavoidable emissions.”   

Datagraphic is already leading the way in its own energy use, investing in energy saving systems and working to rigorous environmental management standards.

Now the business will also be supporting ClimateCare’s global programmes including the multiple award-winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water Project, which delivers safe water to more than 4 million people in Kenya, generating significant carbon reductions and enhancing the health of local communities by reducing exposure to waterborne disease. Other projects include the provision of clean cookstoves in Ghana, which significantly improve health while cutting emissions and reducing deforestation.

ClimateCare’s Director of Partnerships, Robert Stevens explains: “We welcome Datagraphic’s action in joining our programme. We are working with a range of organisations, from international corporates, governments and NGOs to deliver innovative projects at an unprecedented scale. Our Climate+Care model helps organisations take a smart approach to addressing their environmental impacts by offsetting their carbon emissions and supporting sustainable development”.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, emissions reduction projects used for offsetting are only allowed to take place in non-annex countries (developing countries and emerging economies). This is to help ensure offsetting causes emissions reductions which are additional to what would otherwise have happened in countries like the UK.

“We are delighted to work with ClimateCare who are experts in this field, with fifteen years’ experience running some of the most innovative and largest carbon offset programmes in the world.

Working with them is helping us understand how we can integrate action to tackle climate change and improve people’s lives around the world.” adds Joanne Hawxwell.

The partnership ensures that Datagraphic’s wider environmental strategy has impact both at home and globally, supporting its ethos of “everything we do makes a difference”.