Environmental

TSA is committed to promoting environmental responsibility within the laundry and dry cleaning industry. As an industry, we will:

  • Continue working to reduce the industry’s energy consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Collaborate with international trade associations and other bodies to support sustainability in the wider industry
  • Strive to meet the tough climate change agreement targets
  • Incorporate environmental consideration into everything we do
  • Explore any avenue open to reduce energy consumption across all areas of the supply chain
  • Provide support and platforms to create an inclusive environment so all companies can achieve a benchmarked energy standard

Laundries and Textile Rental Companies

Climate Change Agreement (CCA)

TSA negotiated the Climate Change Agreement with the government to encourage laundries and textile rental services to use energy more efficiently. Participating businesses commit to reducing their energy consumption by 20% before the year 2020. It’s a stringent target for an industrial sector, but the reward is a substantial rebate on the Climate Change Levy tax – 90% for electricity, 65% for gas. Those who don’t meet the target have to buy back carbon, equivalent to a heavy fine.

So far, progress has been impressive. We are proud of the many TSA members who have joined the scheme and are working hard to meet their targets. Already the energy savings made are significant.

Textile rental industry environmental pledge

Textile rental services are by their nature sustainable, since they provide an alternative to disposal and reduce the proliferation of on-premise laundries.

In addition, the industry has made a pledge through the Climate Change Agreement that it will strive to minimise the environmental impact of its operations, committing to ambitious targets for annual improvement as well as long-term environmental goals. The pledge has been welcomed by the Environment Agency.

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It is recognised that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the main agent behind changes in the earth's climate. As a responsible industry committed to a sustainable future, we believe in maintaining a low carbon footprint.

The calculation of our CO2 footprint is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol methodology. This protocol sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change due to emission of greenhouse gases presents a serious challenge for responsible business leaders in the 21st century. Most scientists now agree that rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs), particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), will have a serious impact of many activities of societies and natural ecosystems around the globe. Besides an overall increase in temperature, these impacts may include more intense rainfall, storms, flooding, drought, an increasing sea level, etc.

The UK textile rental industry has signed up to the UK Government's Climate Change Agreement to reduce their energy usage by 25% when we reach 2020.

The European Textile Services Associations (ETSA) and its member companies are committed to contributing to the reduction needed in the coming years. TSA is a National Association member of ETSA and work together with them on projects such as this.

ETSA has established a methodology for calculating the potential global warming impact of two key services:

1. Providing one worker with workwear for one year; and
2. Providing one hotel room with linen for one year.
You can view the full report and results here.