Written By Guest Writer Coffee & Tea / Libations Oct 11, 2012 Oughtred Coffee & Tea Wins Ecostar Award for Climate Change SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestVICTORIAOughtred Coffee and Tea (Oughtred) is exemplifying the business case for sustainability. Recent recipient of the 2012 EcoStar Award in the category of Climate Action, Oughtred is not only making internal changes to reduce its carbon footprint, but encouraging other organizations to jump on the sustainability bandwagon. Oughtred won this renowned award because of its comprehensive Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) that measures emissions, targets effective reduction strategies and offsets what it cannot reduce. As JP Oughtred (Owner) explains, “Our company shifted gears in 2009 when we set the goal of becoming carbon neutral. What seemed like a lofty target has now become core to how we operate.” The impact of the coffee industry is emissions intensive by nature. Oughtred decided to tighten its environmental practices and develop an in-house Carbon Reduction Program (CRP). After a series of environmental audits and green strategy planning with a local environmental consulting firm, Oughtred initiated various programs to reduce its impact. Amoung these green actions included developing a heat recapture technology at the roastery, drastically shortening green bean shipping routes, and a fuel efficient delivery fleet. The results of Oughtred’s Carbon Reduction Program speak for themselves: a 26% reduction in carbon emissions, 15% decrease in electricity consumption, 66% reduction in propane, 55% reduction in paper use, and a waste diversion rate of 90%. Furthermore, Oughtred was one of the first companies in BC to go carbon neutral, investing in BC based clean energy projects such as ground source heat pumps for elementary schools and a biomass boiler for a greenhouse company. WebsiteAwardsCoffeeEcostartea SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Interesting Locals April 22, 2016 The Caffe Fantastico Story “A full of beans love story for owners Ryan and Kristy Taylor.” It’s a Thursday morning at Caffe Fantastico. You are standing in line ... Read More Coffee & Tea / First Look / Victoria December 23, 2015 Hide + Seek Coffee: A New Coffee Shop in Oak Bay If you are a visitor to Oak Bay village, you may have noticed the papered window in one of the empty stores in the historic Bell Block. In a clean, ... Read More Coffee & Tea August 10, 2015 An Interview with Oughtred Coffee’s Director of Coffee & Co-owner Michael Oughtred Oughtred Coffee & Tea has been roasting and selling coffee in Nanaimo since 1973. Over the years they have grown to serve much of Western ... Read More Coffee & Tea May 25, 2015 Nitro-Infused Coffee is THE Thing This Summer ... Read More Comments are closed.