ENGIE pledges to remove single-use plastics
Supporting its commitment to meeting rigorous waste reduction targets, ENGIE in the UK & Ireland has announced an initiative to remove single-use plastics as part of its ‘Circular Economy’ strategy. The company’s goal is to generate zero waste to landfill from its operations by 2020.
The initiative will see a phased approach as ENGIE works towards elimination of all single-use plastics. Early steps include withdrawal of plastic straws and initiatives to encourage wider use of re-usable cups in ENGIE-managed catering outlets. All such measures are aligned with Public Health England guidance to ensure appropriate Food Hygiene and Safety requirements are maintained.
ENGIE’s wider ‘Circular Economy’ strategy outlines an overarching commitment and approach towards resource recovery and waste management. This is to be achieved through the investigation of closed loop opportunities across ENGIE’s business lifecycle through business development, mobilisation, delivery and demobilisation – working closely with customers and supply chain partners.
Jamie Quinn, Corporate Responsibility and Environment Director of ENGIE UK & Ireland, commented: “Prolonging the useful and useable life of resources has never been more important. With concerns over resource scarcity, a changing climate and increasing population, the perception of waste has changed, with waste now being seen as a resource with an inherent value, and where making the most of resources is everyone’s responsibility.
“The circular economy is seen as preferable to a linear one where maximum value is extracted from resources throughout their lifecycle. The waste hierarchy and minimisation of waste to landfill plays a significant part in our approach. This single-use plastics initiative and the wider strategy focus on how the company addresses these challenges to deliver real benefit for ENGIE and our clients.” he continued.