Albus Environmental are taking strides to Net Zero

February 19, 2024

Albus Environmental are continuing to make progress on their journey to a more sustainable future in healthcare waste disposal. Through their commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2040, they have launched a carbon reduction programme centred around a fruit tree planting initiative in conjunction with Fruit Nursery Grow, in collaboration with the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale.

Why plant fruit trees?

Each person on average has a deficit of 7-10 tonnes of carbon. An acre of apple trees can absorb 10-20 tonnes of carbon/annum (depending on the age and size of the trees), furthermore they can release 15 tonnes of oxygen into the environment. By planting orchards, and eating in season, we can instantly make a difference by reducing the need to import as much.

The majority of the varieties at Brogdale, Faversham are rare and heritage and are becoming increasingly endangered. The National Fruit Collection boasts the largest collection of fruit trees in the world, with over 2,400 apple varieties alone. It has a rich and interesting history as it was ordered by King Henry VIII during his reign, with the sole purpose being to protect them from extinction.

The objective remains the same today and many of the varieties of apple, pear, cherry and plum are only held in this unique living museum.

The team at Grow play the important part of regenerating the trees by grafting them from cuttings from the collection and through this work they are able to replicate the DNA exactly.

Grow advise Albus which tree varieties from the collection are most suited to the soil and conditions at their chosen planting sites.

 

Supporting local communities

With the support of Albus Environmental, grafting these particular varieties and continuing to grow them will preserve the future of these unique fruits. It is a fact that we have lost over two thirds of our orchards in the UK and by consciously re-planting, not only are we protecting varieties but also providing a diverse and rich habitat for all wildlife.

There is also the humanitarian advantage to planting fruit trees. An improvement in mental well-being is widely documented where there is the provision of a green space. For adults and children alike, being able to enjoy not only the changing seasons, from blossom to fruit but also to enjoy wildlife from the humble ladybird to an endangered butterfly is incredibly precious.

Planting of these native trees and special varieties will ensure that they will be around for future generations to enjoy and to commence the planting programme, stock has been donated to The Francis Crick Institute, the UK flagship for discovery research in biomedicine, for their inner-city community garden in London.

This initiative will be followed by a handful of carefully selected local schools to form part of a wider educational package, a living resource which will beautifully demonstrate seasonality and sustainability allowing our children to enjoy the value of watching nature grow in their own environment.

 

Investing in a Sustainable Future

Albus have remained focused on the roll out of an investment programme with sustainability at the core of everything they do. These developments include the installation of their solar panel array at their Rochester alternative treatment plant; swapping out single-use clinical waste bins and partnering a conservation programme to translocate two white rhino orphans and three young elephant Tuskers to two new homes in South Africa in partnership with The WILDTRUST and The Aspinall Foundation.

“This most recent initiative will contribute to our long-term sustainability objectives and furthermore will benefit the sustainability circle between supplier and customer with the bonus of helping local school communities. We are always looking for sustainable initiatives that deliver value and accountability.”

Henry Farmer, Commercial Director at Albus.

Albus Environmental deliver clinical healthcare waste solutions to a wide range of waste producers in London and the South East of England.

To find out more about Albus Environmental and its services, resources and education on offer from the company, visit: https://albusenvironmental.com/ and https://04energy.co.uk/

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