Muntons are keen to take action to protect the environment and we have centred our efforts around carbon footprinting. It could be said that we are a very small operation and have little impact on the planet’s resources. That would be true if we only influenced our own data. Being passionate about environmental protection, however, means that we take the lead in promoting our ethos to both our suppliers and customers. The result is very significant changes to carbon where otherwise action might be delayed.
We continue to take an active lead in promoting low carbon farming with a real possibility of reducing the carbon footprint of farming cereals by at least 50%. Research and funding organisations have responded to our desire to do something now rather than hide behind some perceived uncertainty on climate – that’s what we call Practical Sustainability.
Sustainability for Muntons is very much aligned with the triple bottom line: People, Profit, Planet. Sustainability just for the sake of good PR is not our aim and doesn’t strengthen our business. Our success in winning the Sustainable Manufacturer of the year award in 2011 and being a finalist in 2013 gave us great confidence that our message was being well received. From 2014 our Manufacturing and Sustainability Director has been a judge on the panel so of course we can no longer enter the competition.
Muntons have invested £17m over a ten year period in green initiatives. Our commitment is to re-invest any savings we make through environmental initiatives into further environmentally sound projects. It is not surprising that almost two thirds of our investments have been in energy saving projects. A further third have reduced our transportation emissions associated with moving barley from farm to maltings.
Muntons have found that some projects generate very quick paybacks and are therefore fast tracked for implementation. Our standard expectation for projects is 3 years payback and there are many different sorts of options that fit within this timescale as illustrated in the graphic.