Nottingham logistics firm aims to become the sustainability link in the supply chain with new initiative

Nottingham based logistics firm Mitchells of Mansfield, a member of Palletways UK, has taken the next significant step on its decarbonisation journey with the launch of a new customer-facing Carbon Co-op initiative. The new initiative builds on the company's ongoing partnership with climate action platform and B Corp Social Enterprise, Ecologi. Once they join the Carbon Co-op, businesses working with Mitchells of Mansfield will fund the offsetting of emissions generated from each of their consignments by paying a small additional fee.

This fee is calculated by the travelling distance of each consignment and will be paid forward into climate friendly projects around the world through Ecologi, which works with climate projects worldwide that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each business that signs up will join a community 'virtual forest' through Ecologi, where they can track key data such as the CO2 which has been avoided, and the number trees planted as part of the initiative. As an initial welcome gift to each client that join its Carbon Co-op initiative, Mitchells of Mansfield will fund the planting of 50 trees.

Since the launch of the Carbon Co-op, members have collectively funded 782 trees and avoided 10 tons of CO2 - equivalent to eight long haul flights or 24,810 miles driven in a car. In February, Mitchells of Mansfield funded the planting of an additional 175 trees and the offsetting of a further 32.7 tonnes of emissions on behalf of its Carbon Co-op members. Richard Montgomery, Managing Director for Mitchells of Mansfield, said: "We recognise that, while many of our customers want to make greener choices, they can be stretched between other responsibilities and so this isn't always achievable.

"With the launch of our Carbon Co-op, we are taking on the burden of reducing carbon emissions for businesses using our services. This way, they can have peace of mind that their products are not only being transported from A to B safely, but also more sustainably." He continued: "To take this one step further, we are also running a monthly Carbon Free Day, on which we will fund the offsetting of all our customers' CO2 and gift it back to them."

Mitchells of Mansfield first partnered with Ecologi last year to develop a roadmap to become a climate positive company by 2027. As with the Co-op, these plans involve the firm offsetting their annual emissions by funding climate projects and tree planting. Richard said he was 'keen' to take action when he saw Palletways UK had teamed up with Ecologi to heighten its own corporate social responsibility and actively engage with carbon reduction projects and tree planting.

So far, Mitchells of Mansfield has funded some 2,000 trees and avoided 532.5 tons of CO2 - which is equivalent to 409 long haul flights or 1,321,133 miles driven in a car. The progress of the newly launched initiative can be tracked on the Carbon Co-op's community virtual forest. To view Mitchells of Mansfield's progress and goals you can visit its Ecologi virtual forest .

To view Palletways UK's progress and goals you can visit Palletways' virtual forest .

Mitchells of Mansfield is one of over 120 depots that are part of the Palletways UK network, who benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.

Palletways Group, renowned for its industry-leading IT developments and operational systems, comprises 450+ depots and 20 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 24 European countries, including the UK.