Company has made heavy investment

CMS’ 2028 zero carbon bid accepted for Midlands business pledge

CMS has invested £500,000 in solar panels at its Birmingham site
CMS has invested £500,000 in solar panels at its Birmingham site

Central Mailing Services (CMS) has been accepted into the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge for its bid to cut its scope one and two emissions to zero by 2028.

The plans, supported by a recent investment of £500,000 on solar panels, mean CMS will emit a net zero amount of carbon dioxide equivalent for its own operations far ahead of the business pledge’s own goal of 2041.

CMS director Richard Morrow told Printweek:  “It’s very ambitious, but I believe achievable with the investments we are making.

“It doesn’t make sense to put the handbrake on [sustainability commitments], because every time we move forward and drive efficiency, it doesn’t just benefit us – but benefits our clients as well. 

“So that’s where we are trying to be as aggressive as possible. It’s ambitious, but we want to be that business that’s always pushing forward.”

Though CMS has not settled on a final deadline for its scope three emissions – those caused up and down the supply chain – Morrow said the firm was eyeing up a goal of 2035.

“The key part is that we, as an industry, set realistic goals and keep working towards them: if you don’t start, you’ll never make the first step on the journey.

CMS recently supported its green ambitions with heavy investment, which the firm revealed in early February.

This included a Domino, Anscombe Engineering, and CMS cooperative effort to build a bespoke unit to hold two Domino K600i variable data inkjet presses and LED dryers.

Operating across 6,000sqm of space, CMS also runs printers from manufacturers including Konica Minolta, Xerox, and Eagle.

The West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge is a network of more than 100 organisations, representing nearly 100,000 employees, working to reach net zero emissions by 2041.