Leading furniture logistics, removals and storage firm, Andrew Porter Limited, has been shortlisted for a green business award in recognition of its outstanding environmental practices.
Based in Adlington, Lancashire, the firm has reached the final few in the competition for the Environmental Impact Award in the Red Rose Awards 2012.
Andrew Porter Limited submitted details of its green business practices, which include an investment in bespoke software to help minimise mileage on deliveries and hi-tech vehicle tracking systems which help reduce fuel wastage. Altogether, these technologies save the equivalent of running an extra two vehicles for a year - a total of 100,000 fewer kilometres travelled.
Andrew Porter Limited also refurbishes its vehicles every five years to give them a longer working life and has purchased new exhaust systems to ensure its fleet meets the emissions standards of the new London Emissions Zone.
Across its business relocation and furniture logistics arms Andrew Porter Limited recycles approximately 85% of all waste cardboard, plastic and metal - more than 260 tonnes between 2010 and the end of 2011. In total, 100% items it collects are either reused or recycled.
After a rigorous interview process by the judging panel, Andrew Porter Limited was announced as a shortlisted contender.
"We are very proud to have made it through to the shortlist and for our hard work to be recognised," managing director Tim Aspey said.
"As a logistics company we are very aware of the effect our business can have on the environment through emissions and we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to minimise this impact. We believe the changes we have made so far are industry-leading and show our customers that they can be confident of a high-quality and environmentally-aware service from us."
The winners of the Red Rose Awards 2012 will be announced at a ceremony at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, on 15th March.