Aylsham

It’s all green and gold for Barnwell Print

Just Regional
Mar 14, 2017 3 mins read

Just Regional printers Barnwells has been recognised for its exceptional environmental performance by being the first company to receive the Norfolk Carbon Charter at Gold level.

Barnwells of Aylsham, which has been printer for Just Regional since it launched its first magazine in 2008, is the oldest family-run printing company in the UK and consideration for the environment is central to their business from the management down.

In awarding them the highest level of the accreditation, the panel noted how a wide range of measures was behind the reduced footprint they’d achieved, ranging from a bio-mass boiler to energy efficient printing equipment.

They also highlighted the firm’s commitment to engaging with clients, notably through offering the county’s first carbon balanced printing service through the World Land Trust.

The Norfolk Carbon Charter was formally launched on March 7. Speaking at the launch, director Julian Barnwell described how his personal passion lay behind the measures they had taken.

“We are immensely proud to be the first company to achieve the Gold level of the Norfolk Carbon Charter. As a keen scuba diver I’ve seen first hand the impact of climate change to coral reefs and by achieving the gold award we feel this is a conscientious and positive step in making a contribution to safeguarding the environment for future generations. I would encourage all Norfolk businesses to champion the Norfolk charter as a standard for their business, not only is it the correct moral ambition, but it also has an economic benefit.”

The Norfolk Carbon Charter provides independently validated recognition for the work businesses are doing to reduce their energy consumption. This allows companies with genuine green credentials to share their achievements with their customers, staff and suppliers.

The award of the Gold level Charter is reserved for exemplar businesses, where environmental management is fully embedded in their operations and they can evidence significant measures adopted to reduce impacts. All Charter awards follow a fully independent onsite assessment of the business, which is then validated by an expert panel.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee congratulated the business on their achievements, and welcomed the Charter as a valuable support for local businesses, saying: “The Carbon Charter’s success has been founded in assisting businesses to celebrate their own good practice and innovation. The funding available through BEE Anglia opens up this valued endorsement to many more businesses in Norfolk. We know there is a lot of good practice out there and I look forward to awarding many more charter accreditation’s in Norfolk”

Currently assessment for the Carbon Charter is free to eligible businesses, with costs fully covered by the Business Energy Efficiency Anglia project. BEE Anglia is co-financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Businesses interested in the Carbon Charter can find out more details at www.beeanglia.org/charter.

Julian Barnwell and Martin Wilby

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