The sustainability challenges facing the removal industry

In an article featured in The Mover magazine, Paul Barnes, a member of Inspire Global Mobility Consulting, looked at a number of challenges that moving companies encounter when implementing sustainability initiatives.

To address these issues, businesses can begin by quantifying their carbon footprint. For instance, they can evaluate their fuel consumption and plastic usage. Once this has been determined, reduction targets should be established, and carbon reduction strategies implemented. For example, non-plastic biodegradable options can replace traditional plastic bubble wrap and padding that protects fragile items during transit. Vans with improved fuel efficiency are viable options for purchase. As electric van technology improves with greater battery ranges, these can further reduce carbon emissions.

Paul Barnes warns against “greenwashing”, the practice of making bold carbon reduction statements of intent without following up with effective actions. Companies also need to be aware of any environmental legislation that affects them.

Paul Barnes acknowledges the existence of numerous worldwide sustainability initiatives, including the Scope 1,2,3 Emissions: EcoVadis – a global platform that evaluates sustainability. Nevertheless, given the varying sizes, locations, and local conditions of companies in the removals industry, it is challenging to establish industry-wide standards for sustainable practices. Nonetheless, if each removals company can assess its sustainability levels and take action to minimize carbon emissions accordingly, then collectively they will contribute towards achieving the government’s zero-carbon emissions target.

For anyone looking for a Liverpool, Merseyside or Southport removals service that is concerned about sustainability issues, contact us at Merseyside Movers & Storers for expert advice on more sustainable home and office removals.