Arena recognised for commitment to communities
By working closely with customers, technology manufacturer, Toshiba, and CO2balance, Arena has been able to offset the carbon footprint of copy and print devices and invest in community-based projects in Africa. Energy saving cooking stoves provided to Kenyan villages have reduced wood consumption by 50% saving over 4,400 tonnes of CO2, over 3,700 tonnes of wood and 9 hectares of woodland.
Not only has that reduced the time required to gather wood equivalent to nearly 100,000 working hours every year to enable social, educational and economic activity to take place, but the corresponding 60 - 70% reduction in smoke has led to much needed health benefits. Nearly 2, 500 fewer cases of smoke-related illnesses, including asthma, cataracts and respiratory conditions, have been reported in beneficiary villages so far.
FACT: smoke emissions is responsible for nearly 2 million deaths in Africa, more than malaria and Ebola.
Arena started working with Toshiba 25 years ago. Since 2009, a partnership with CO2balance has enabled active support of community-based environmental projects throughout Africa that reduce carbon emissions and deliver a range of positive impacts to thousands of families. Arena customers can even locate where their stoves are located through GPS tracking and receive their own detailed report on a range of positive impacts.
More recently, support of a borehole project in Uganda has supplied over 1.7 million litres of safe, clean water, eliminating the need to boil water, further saving CO2 and time spent collecting firewood, and impacting directly on health.
Arena also help customers embrace emerging technologies in copy and print and electronic document management to transform outdated, paper-based processes that are both efficient and environmentally friendly.
“As we celebrate our 25th year, it is satisfying to know that our own success has benefited others positively,” Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group’s Managing Director explains. “It is important to Arena that we work with organisations that share our positive values and in a way that can enrich our working lives. Through the carbon offsetting scheme, we can deliver so many more far reaching benefits by working together and thinking beyond our own everyday challenges and experiences.”
Paul Chiplen, Sales and Marketing Director for CO2balance comments, “Arena has made a significant contribution to Toshiba’s CarbonZero Scheme, preventing carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere as well as positively impacting the lives of hundreds of people in Kenya and Uganda. I have had the privilege of seeing how the improved cook stoves are making life easier for families in Kenya and so thank Arena and Toshiba for being so supportive of our projects”
Commenting on this achievement, Toshiba TEC UK’s Marketing Director, Jeremy Spencer, stated, "We have always led the way in sustainable practices within the printing solutions sector and I’m delighted that Arena has reached this significant milestone. Carbon Zero was pioneering at the time it was launched and seven years later it continues to act as a stunning example of what can be achieved through a sustainable approach to business. We are pleased to be one of the heavy hitters when it comes to offsetting a significant amount of CO2 and will continue to do as much as we can to enhance our own environmental credentials, and those of Arena’s customers."
View the report, additional statistics and case studies on both community projects here: www.arenagroup.net/page/green-arena