What Sustainability Means to Us
Mansfield Pollard was founded in 1866 and has always benefited from a family feel and dedicated teamwork ethic. In 2020, the new owners fully embraced this togetherness and continue to develop the business with a long-term outlook to ensure the next 155 years are as successful as the preceding ones.
With that longer view comes a strong sense of responsibility, caring for employees, providing employment in the local area and valuing our connections within the community. We recognise that a sustainable business must be built around an operating model that renews rather than depletes resources, that balances the will for growth with the need to conserve, and that provides stability whilst adjusting rapidly to changing market conditions.
We Are Carbon Negative
On the 24th February 2021, Mansﬁeld Pollard ofﬁcially became a Carbon Negative business by offsetting signiﬁcantly more CO2e than we currently emit with 1000 tonnes of CO2e offsetting our emissions of 473 tonnes CO2e.
Our Journey So Far
Undertake carbon footprint assessment.
Set short, medium and long term targets.
Take tangible steps to reduce carbon emissions.
Compensate for emissions that can’t be reduced.
A carbon footprint is measure in units of carbon dioxide equivalents (Co2e) and is made up of two parts, direct and indirect. Our 2020 sustainability journey focuses solely on direct emissions as these are under the direct control of Mansfield Pollard. In total, our carbon footprint for the year to August 2020 amounted to 473.48 tonnes of CO2e.
As a business we have pledged to reduce our carbon footprint in the short, medium and long term. As the business grows, it is our intention to intensify the reduction targets based on simple metrics using the base year GHG inventory as a benchmark. In 2021 we aim to decrease our GHG emissions per £million of turnover by a minimum of 10%.
The scope of our operations gives us the opportunity to make substantial positive changes to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next year we will be taking steps to reduce our environmental impact by a combination of examining, auditing, analysing , educating and changing the way we work.
Our chosen carbon offsetting projects include tree planting in the UK and protecting the Amazon in addition to supplying fuel efficient cookstoves for North Darfur Women and are a reflection on the company’s dedication to helping local communities, advancing gender equality and promoting economic development opportunities.
Our 2021 Sustainability Projects
UK Regional Tree Planting Programme & Protecting the Amazon
Using local tree planting specialists to ensure that the correct species of native broad-leaved trees are planted in the Yorkshire Region, Mansfield Pollard intend to organise tree planting events with local schools to educate, engage and inspire the next generation about the importance of the environment and conservation.
Reducing Deforestation in Brazil
The Portel-Pará Reducing Deforestation Projects manages the local land in the form of a “private conservation reserve”, developing and implementing a management plan involviong local settlers living within the project boundaries, who will receive adequate resources, training in forest management and monitoring techniques.
Forest regeneration is a medium-term goal, which will increase the sequestered carbon, improve forest connectivity and the recovery of the local ecosystem.
Fuel Efﬁcient Cookstoves for North Darfur Women
Replacing three stone fires with one EzyStove® represents a huge 40% in wood savings. The stove also reduces smoke particles that are harmful to the eyes and lungs by 70% as well as promotes other socio- economic benefits.
The revenues generated by the sale of the carbon offsets contribute towards the assembly of the stoves, training for women, monitoring and project management alleviating poverty, advancing gender inequality and improving health.