Our Green Commitment

In an on-going effort to run an environmentally friendly business we are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. As a training provider reducing paper consumption is the simplest and most obvious way we can make a difference

Did you know?

  • Paper usage in many parts of the word is on the rise. 
  • Over 40 % of commercially harvested trees are for paper production – this is expected to rise to 50%
  • Expanding production and pulp wood harvesting threatens some of the last remaining natural forests and the people and wildlife that depend on them.
  • The world´s paper hunger significantly contributes to climate change.
  • Despite recycling projects, paper accounts for more than half of all solid waste in landfill sites
  • When paper decomposes, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than CO2
  • The paper/pulp industry is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the manufacturing sector.
  • Paper production is the 1/3 most energy-intensive of all manufacturing industries, using over 12% of all energy in the industrial sector
  • The paper industry is responsible for the release of persistent toxic pollutants like chlorine, bleach, mercury, lead and phosphorus into the environment.
  • Plantation trees are planted in perfect rows, sprayed with herbicides and pesticides.
  • These paper trees offer no habitat to wildlife and no benefits to the environment.
  • A tree can only produce, on average, 17 reams of paper
  • Also, producing 17 reams of paper releases 110 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

 

When facing these facts, it is shocking to acknowledge how many reams of paper (enough trees for a small forest) we must have gone through since MSCM started in 1992. Whilst we cannot do anything about the past we can and will make changes going forward. We will endeavour to be as paper-free as possible and will digitise course manuals, documents and correspondence. We will also make on-going contributions to woodland planting organisations with the aim to replenish the trees we have used over the years. Please join us in this endeavour and ‘think before you print’.

 

Author – Lynn Vereenooghe, MSCM Principal

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