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Dunelm are delighted to announce that they have started their carbon journey with their new carbon partner, Auditel, with the objective of reaching Net Zero by 2050.

With more than 50 years of expertise, Dunelm is a top ground investigation business that offers site investigation services to both large and small clients in the public and private sectors.  We have observed a notable change in our staff’s and clients’ expectations within the past two years.

Clients are now more interested in our dedication to Net Zero and the additional value we can provide to the communities we work with than they were in the past, when their primary concerns were pricing and how securely we could do the job.  Being environmentally conscious is crucial to Dunelm as we are a provider of ground investigation services.  Should we fail to finish our work in a sustainable way, the environment may suffer greatly.

We now think that our vehicles and plant are the main sources of our carbon emissions, but we are eager to find out where we can make improvements in order to reach our carbon neutral target, which is why we have hired Auditel. Over the last year we have seen a significant increase in staff commitment to protecting the environment.  Through our positive intervention system more people are reporting if lights are left on, waste is not segregated correctly or taps are left running.

Throughout 2024 we will be encouraging staff to report more environmental positive interventions and educate them on the positive impact they can have at work and home. The government, public organisations, and major contractors are leading the charge toward Net Zero, but we are eager to show our own dedication as well. Being a small and medium-sized business (SME) can present challenges as we lack the resources that larger organizations do, but we aren’t going to let that stop us.

Our short-term goals centre on what we can accomplish, which includes altering our habits to reduce waste and use less energy.  Our long-term goal is to achieve Net Zero by modernising systems and procedures. Dunelm has already been putting policies in place to lessen its carbon footprint. These include using electric and hybrid cars, buying products responsibly to cut down on waste, renovating existing facilities rather than disposing of them, using eco-friendly welfare units, and purchasing PPE that is carbon neutral. Although we are aware that there is still much work to be done, we are optimistic that we are moving in the right direction.

Julie Adams from Auditel is working with Dunelm and other British Drilling Association (BDA) members as well as the BDA directly to help with the net zero journey. Members like Dunelm and the work and innovations they bring in the construction market is inspirational and leading the way for others. Making real changes in this sector benefits everyone in the supply chain. There is still much to be done but Dunelm is motivating and leading other members on how to start on the net zero journey by understanding and reducing carbon.