Calor Gas, which provides bottled propane and butane to four million UK homes and businesses, aims to recruit half its staff into community volunteering this year and to place all employees in the scheme by 2020.
The ambitious scheme is one of the targets in the company’s three-year responsible business plan.
The company’s main environmental target will be to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, partly by increasing sales of BioLPG into the UK market.
In March Calor became the first UK energy company to supply BioLPG, a type of liquid petroleum gas produced from wastes, residues and vegetable oils.
LPG has a lower carbon dioxide emissions level than other fossil fuels, but BioLPG cuts the carbon dioxide pollution even further, enabling environmentally responsible consumers to minimize their carbon footprint.
Calor’s introduction of BioLPG is part of the carbon dioxide emissions commitment of its parent group, the multinational power supplier SHV Energy, headquartered in the Netherlands. SHV, which has 30 million customers on three continents, has the ambition to create all its energy products from renewable sources by 2040.
The BioLPG innovation is described by Calor as “a new approach to wellbeing”.
The company committed itself to bringing “clean, efficient and modern energy solutions to homes and businesses across Great Britain” when it was formed in 1935.
Today it claims to consider the social, environmental and economic impacts of its activities alongside its long-term profitability.
In line with these objectives Calor says its three-year plan supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and is based on three pillars – Our People, Our Business, Our Planet.
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