Toshiba TEC has announced that its EPoS terminals and Auto-ID printers will be the first in the UK to be CarbonZero by summer 2011. The company has also announced a channel programme to promote the benefits of the acclaimed co2balance project to its resellers.
The Toshiba Carbon Zero Scheme, in partnership with co2balance, a provider of voluntary carbon offset, is rolling out across the different Toshiba divisions and is managed in line with the internationally recognised "Gold Standard", an independent standards body that verifies voluntary carbon projects.
The system measures the unavoidable carbon produced during the manufacturing and delivery processes and balances it by reducing carbon output elsewhere. In this case, Toshiba TEC will pay for an equivalent amount of energy efficient stoves in Kenya, replacing the need for traditional open fires, meaning a 70% reduction in the use of firewood and the resulting carbon production.
Aside from the carbon reduction benefits, the scheme- managed by co2balance-provides a number of social benefits that improve the lives those living in communities across Kenya including:
Reduced deforestation and degradation of surrounding forests.
Reduced soil erosion and nutrient loss.
Reduced risk of flooding.
Reduced poverty, as the efficient wood stove reduces annual expenditure on cooking fuels.
Reduced adverse health effects associated with indoor air pollution.
Reduced cooking and wood collection time; householders can spend more time on other household tasks, as well as schooling and supervising children.
Reduced exposure of firewood collectors (mainly women and children) to hazards in remote areas.
Reduced burns and injuries from exposure to an open fire.
Toshiba TEC will be holding a number of channel days to promote the Toshiba Carbon Zero Scheme to its resellers and will support them heavily with a new website, mailers, product stickers and information packs.
"The benefits to everyone are immediately obvious and Reflex is proud to promote the Carbon neutral programme. Reflex will also ensure all of our previous installations are retrospectively carbon offset," said Nigel Wilson of Reflex Labels, a major Toshiba TEC reseller. "For customers with large estates, the carbon reduction scheme could benefit both new and existing products."
"Toshiba TEC is very proud to be involved with The African Energy Efficient Stove Project in Kenya. We do take our C02 production responsibilities very seriously," said Paul Reynolds, Senior Manager, Toshiba TEC. "And we look forward to promoting this to our channel," he concluded.