Environmental Facts & Figures...
Some interesting Red Funnel Environmental Facts and Figures
Steam Coffee Company - Coffee Cups
Red Funnel use approximately 480,000 coffee cups a year. They are a foam cup with an exterior paper lining. Some of the reasons that we use them are based on the following facts: -
• Foam foodservice products do not “clog” landfill. Polystyrene foam foodservice products constitute less that 1%, by both weight and volume, of landfill waste.
• Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are not used in their manufacture.
• An average-weight foam cup requires 32% less energy to produce than a comparable paper hot drink cup with cardboard sleeve.
• Plastic-coated paper cups are difficult to recycle due to their multi-layer composition.
• An average-weight paper hot cup generates about 181% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.
• An average-weight paper hot cup with a cardboard sleeve requires about 47%more energy to produce than a comparable foam cup.
• An average-weight paper hot cup with a cardboard sleeve generates 379% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.
• An average-weight cold cup generates 148% more solid waste by weight than a comparable foam cup.
Used Cooking Oil
Red Funnel produces approximately 10,000 litres of used vegetable cooking oil per year. The oil is sent for recycling and is used to produce a Bio fuel.
Red Funnel’s fleet of three ro-pax vessels and three high-speed catamarans are all fuelled with 0.1% low-sulphur marine gas oil. Although more expensive, it has saved many tonnes of sulphur being released into the atmosphere over the last 18 years, which has been good news for the Isle of Wight, Southampton, and people living along Southampton Water. A Red Funnel ro-pax vessel use approximately 430 litres of Low Sulphur diesel per single trip i.e. Southampton to Cowes this not only supplies fuel to the engines to drive the propulsion units but also powers the ferry for all of its services e.g. electricity, heating, hot water, cooking.
Both the ro-pax ferries and Hi-Speed Red Jet services are operated at their most economical engine operation settings.
The main fuel tank for the hi-speed Red Jet operation has recently been replaced with a double skinned storage tank with an inbuilt alarm system. The fuel line from the tank to the Red Jet refuelling point at Town Quay has recently been surveyed with the area at the Red Jet Pontoon being modified. The complete fuel storage and fuel line are subject to a regular maintenance regime.
As a minimum, Red Funnel will recycle up to 20% of its waste (e.g., Paper, cardboard, batteries and fluorescent light tubes) via our approved waste disposal companies. On site cardboard compactors ease the burden for recycling and waste paper is collected from Bugle Street and the Terminals by the recycling company which permits Red Funnel to use its recycling resources to full capacity. Whenever practicable, Red Funnel will ensure that it recycles its waste or the waste is used to produce renewable energy.
The Terminal Toilets are going through a refurbishment programme where the cisterns are of a smaller capacity and use less water and the sinks and urinal flush operate on electrical sensors and reduce water usage.