Successful Implementation of Net-Zero Carbon Strategy and Sustainable Solution Projects

A case study of the work Pro Enviro have completed while working alongside Datagraphic.

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The Successful Implementation of Net-Zero Carbon Strategy and Sustainable Solution Projects at Datagraphic


Client Summary

At Datagraphic, for over three decades, we’ve been helping public and private sector organisations automate and digitally transform manual and repetitive document processes.

Using automation technology, secure IT platforms and efficient high-speed printing and mailing equipment, we annually present millions of people with outbound communications – online and in print – generated from the data within client’s systems. We turn physical inbound paper files into digital information assets teams can access from anywhere: to deliver services and make decisions faster.

Uniquely, we develop software and have secure UK production and document processing centres. Clients benefit from one partner to deliver outbound and inbound communications efficiently and sustainably across many different channels.

Our mission is to be the preferred partner for processing and delivering data and documents in a simple, secure and integrated way. And, to do so in a flexible and considered way that makes work enjoyable, profitable and sustainable for everyone, now and in the future.

Our vision is to help liberate the working lives of our clients, with innovative, secure and sustainable ways to automate and process time-critical communications. It’s our mission to encourage and support low and zero carbon strategies within the company, creating a long-term sustainable business


The Old System

In 2019 the decision was made to implement a ‘greener’ way of operating. This has been achieved through various projects. We started the journey of carbon footprinting by tracking our Scope 1 and 2 emissions using CFAR – Carbon Footprinting, Accounting and Reporting system developed by Pro Enviro. This has helped us record, track and monitor our Scope 1 and 2 emissions. We have also reduced the amount of carbon offsetting we do through Climate care by making real world changes to our own operation. We have started the lengthy process of collecting our Scope 3 emission data and this is presently ongoing.


New System and Rational

In 2019 we made the decision, with the help of Pro Enviro consultants, to improve our system operation. We upgraded several machines and other equipment throughout our operation to more energy efficient a cost effective equipment. These upgrades were completed as part of our process optimisation exercise and have improved our operation significantly. We have reduced our carbon emissions from electricity by 14% in 2020 when compared to 2019.

In 2021 we received our ISO 50001 accreditation, solidifying our commitments to continuously improve our energy management.


Delivering Net Zero Renewable Energy Projects - Reduction in Gas usage:

Through process optimisation and consultancy projects we have made various changes to the operation and how we use natural gas throughout our facilities. Through a series of temperature and heating exercises we have been able to reduce the amount of gas used on site. 


Delivering Net Zero Renewable Energy Projects - Solar Energy:

Installing solar panels was seen as an excellent way to lower the business’ carbon footprint. It is a natural, renewable source which produces little or no emissions when it is converted to electricity.  An investment into 557 solar panels on the roof of its production centre in Rugby, Warwickshire. The panels can generate 226,000kWh a year of green energy - roughly half our current energy consumption.


Project Cost and Savings

As a result of the significant investment in process optimisation and installation of renewable technologies, the company have made a significant reduction in CO2e emissions per unit of production when compared to 2019.

CO2e emission per unit of production at Scopes 1, 2 and partial Scope 3

The impact of the solar installation at our Rugby site and the planned additional installation at our Chesterfield site, will generate more electricity than we currently use, putting us in a carbon deficit and thus allows us to make the claims that we are carbon neutral at scope 1 and 2 of our operation.

The installation of a new server array will reduce our impact on the environment significantly as the new system is more energy efficient and cost effective. Allowing for the secure transfer of more information with a lower carbon footprint.

Datagraphic is now working on the next phase of its sustainability plans and reaching out to suppliers and partners to report on their carbon emissions. Capturing this information will enable us to understand emissions throughout our value chain, which will help the organisation work towards its target to be net zero with Scope 3 emissions by 2035.


Client Details

Contact Name: Peter Wells

Position: Head of Sustainability and Commercial Manager


Telephone: + 44 (0)1788 535383

Address: Datagraphic Rugby office

    Butlers Leap
    CV21 3RQ

Pro Enviro Ltd.

Contact Name: Nersi Salehi

Position: Managing Director


Telephone: 01788 538 150

Address: Pro Enviro Ltd

               8 Davy Court

               Central Park, Rugby


               CV23 0UZ