EIE Group monitors the use of our resources and ensure that our operations do not have a negative impact on the environment. The pending legislation around Carbon Tax, provides a clear directive that we will have to apply a dedicated and practical approach on how to reduce our carbon footprint.
The division have identified three key areas to reduce carbon emissions for electricity, water and waste. Employees have been made aware of the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle initiatives related to these aspects and work with their green team champions to implement related projects. The Go Green competition held in 2011 created a platform to embed the principles on environmental impacts and what we need to do to reduce our environmental risk. In our last financial year we have managed to separate 8.6 tonnes of waste mainly through paper recycling. We partner with our suppliers to assist in the education of our employees on product usage. The ongoing partnership with Food and Trees for Africa, that includes the participation of our staff, have resulted in over 500 trees being planted regionally at disadvantaged schools throughout South Africa.
One of such initiatives is the recycling of waste streams. The efforts from employees have resulted in 8.6 tonnes of waste, mainly through paper recycling being achieved this year. In collaboration with suppliers, we focus on the training of employees on how to separate waste at source. The monitoring of energy, through fuels and electricity is ongoing. We have recently launched Digipen, a forms processing solution which will have a positive environmental benefit through the reduced use of paper and future efficiencies will be realised through fuel and energy savings.
Our divisional Energy Reduction Competition has been launched in March this year and our goal is reduce our use of electricity and fuels by 10% across the business units. Our UK operations are ISO 9001 accredited and received their ISO 14001 certification for the Corby site in June this year. Our SA operations in KwaZulu – Natal have followed suit and will receive accreditation later this year. The Quality Management Systems framework will further enhance our objectives of ensuring legal compliance and continuous improvements in our operating practices.