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“We are delighted we can make use of  our end of ranges, samples and split case goods through Giving World Online," Anthony Wagman, Chief Executive, Quest Personal Care Global Ltd.

 

"It's great to see the range of projects we have helped through Giving World Online and how much difference it makes," Gary Bates, Managing Director, Serif (Europe) Ltd.

 

"We are pleased that by donating this furniture to Giving World Online we are helping good causes and preventing landfill," Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment.

 

“This helps both businesses and communities and is an excellent and unique concept,” Martin Traynor, Chief Executive, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.

 

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news > 26/02/2013 - Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact

Last month, Phil Nicholls, our Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, was busy poring over Giving World Online data, national statistics and benchmarks to produce our first Environmental Impact Assessment.

The Impact Assessment looks at Giving World Online's activities for the period September 2011 to November 2012 for the West Midlands region and breaks down the types of products redistributed; their classification (i.e. inert, hazardous and non-hazardous items); and weight.

By analysing this information and correlating it against nationally recognised benchmarks, Phil has determined that Giving World Online's redistribution of 308 tonnes of West Midlands based surplus stock means that 17.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases has been prevented from being released into the atmosphere.

Human activity accounts for vast amounts of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere. These gases are produced in many different ways, such as transportation, industry, power generation and waste management. The latter, waste management, accounts for about 3% of the total greenhouse gas emissions (measured in tonnes of CO2 equivalent[1]) in the UK. In 2011, UK waste management produced 16.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent from a UK total of 549.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

The emission of these greenhouse gases is having negative effects on the global temperature, which in turn effects the environment, including many factors that affect human health. The UK's Health Protection Agency published a report in September 2012 about the health effects of climate change, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also recently published a fact sheet (Oct 2012) looking at the effects of climate change from a health point of view.

These effects are all very serious, and schemes need to be put into place in order to reduce climate change, and the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause it. Giving World Online is one such important scheme, helping to reduce the items which are sent to landfill, and in turn reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, contributing to an overall picture of global warming. In the West Midlands alone, Giving World has prevented 17.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases from being released.

While this maybe a fraction of the total volume being released, it is a growing and important part of the drive to reduce the negative effect that human activity has on our environment.

If you'd like to receive a full copy of the assessment, please call Phil on 0116 2516205 or email philip@givingworldonline.com

 

[1] There are many gases which are considered "greenhouse gases". These trap heat from the sun in the atmosphere, which is one of the main causes of climate change. Different gases do this to different extents, so when talking about the effects of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions are grouped together and then measured by weight, as if all of the effect was being caused by carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the most well-known greenhouse gases.

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