Posted by: Gareth Dinnage | Sep 12, 2017
Gareth (left) and Nick Dinnage, Seacourt directors, and the Volvo XC90 T8’s Oxford-based green printing company Seacourt has furthered its on-going commitment to sustainable business operations as its directors take delivery of two new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine models.
As one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable print firms, family-run Seacourt has spent 20 years re-engineering its business to bring its impact on the environment to zero – and even beyond. Earlier this year, ClimateCare certified Seacourt as Beyond Carbon Neutral, meaning it actually gives more back to the planet than it takes.
Recently presented with the European Commission’s EMAS Award for Europe’s most sustainable SME, the business is tracked on its environmental impact, including employee and management transport. So when it came to replacing their vehicles, Seacourt directors Gareth and Nick Dinnage needed a car that would be as kind to the planet as they are.
Gareth Dinnage explains why, as a zero-waste, circular-economy business, there was nothing to compare to the petrol-electric Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine: “Energy use and emissions were crucial factors for us, but our cars also need to look great, perform well and be practical for our busy lives. Because our facility is totally powered by renewable energy, including four onsite wormeries to process organic waste, hybrids were the best solution, and once we test drove the XC90s we didn’t need to look any further.”
Seacourt has continually invested in industry-leading technology and processes to achieve a positive impact on the planet – similar to the way Volvo is pioneering sustainability in the automotive industry – and its XC90s have little dependence on fossil fuels, running primarily on recycled energy sourced from Seacourt and Gareth and Nick’s homes.
Over an average working week, Nick’s XC90 runs on 90% renewable energy commuting to and from the office. With more business mileage generated from attending meetings outside of the car’s battery range, Gareth’s XC90 runs on around 70% re-used energy.
Volvo developed its plug-in hybrid XC90 T8 Twin Engine to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and thanks to an efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a powerful electric motor, the XC90 T8 achieves CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, a significant contribution to further reducing Seacourt’s carbon footprint.
“We’re very proud to be driving these cars because they support our commitment to futureproof our business by being sustainable in our operations. They’re real winners in every way – we love them, our customers love them and they’re the perfect eco-friendly business companion, while having the added flexibility and performance of an SUV,” adds Gareth.