Sustainability Services Seen as Huge, New Growth Area

Companies in related industries are expanding into providing sustainability services and consulting as a new strategic growth area for their business. 

One example is shipping and logistics company DHL, which has introduced sustainability services and consulting in the United Kingdom through a new division called DHL Envirosolutions.

The dedicated waste and recycling unit seems like a natural expansion for the industry, which has the expertise and infrastructure to handle waste materials effectively. If it is successful in the UK, DHL and its competitors may begin offering similar services throughout Europe and in the US.

The division is offering a full array of environmental services to help businesses reduce their carbon footprints and meet targets for waste reductions. DHL is helping clients collect and analyze data for environmental compliance on packaging waste; waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations; and battery compliance.

Other services include scheduled or one-time collections of bulk recyclables, waste material and even hazardous waste.

DHL says it was able to reduce carbon emissions by 11,000 tons for UK hospitality company JD Wetherspoon, while saving about £150,000 ($243,805) a year on landfill tipping fees.

"By working closely with our existing customers, we recognized the potential opportunity for businesses to financially benefit from their waste. DHL Envirosolutions is already working with a number of high street names to help them navigate the complex legislative environment, while also delivering cost savings to their business," says Jos Daalhuizen, business director of DHL Envirosolutions.

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