Logical Biological is dedicated to fostering sustainability, operating with ethics and integrity, and striving to reduce our environmental footprint. In-fact one of our 6 company values set down as the founding principles of our company is “We do we what we can to reduce our environmental impact.” This principle is deeply embedded in our company culture, influencing our daily activities, and guiding our efforts towards creating a more sustainable future for everyone.

 

Our Carbon Offsetting Journey

Early in 2023 we made a firm commitment to carbon offset all our incoming and outgoing freight and set about measuring our carbon tonnage. Throughout the year this goal expanded, and we increased our commitment to include our carbon tonnage (Scopes 1 & 2) for the following;

  • Freight for all shipments
  • Business Travel
  • Staff Commuting
  • Office Lab equipment (electrical usage etc)
  • Office and Lab Space lighting etc
  • Dry Ice

We opted to work with Native, a US based public benefit and certified B corporation, to ensure our carbon offsets achieve our company’s sustainability goals, which are based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are proud to announce that we have offset our carbon impact and are carbon neutral for the above activities in 2023.

 

Sustainability Projects we are Supporting

We have offset our 2023 carbon footprint by purchasing verified emissions reductions’ credits (VER’s) to support 2 projects for the next 20 years;

  1. Brazil Pastureland Regeneration project

The Brazil Pastureland Regeneration with Native Palm Silvopasture Project works with smallholder farms in Brazil to plant native Macaúba palms in degraded pasturelands. This work will create a silvopasture system that sequesters carbon in the soil, provides shade for grazing livestock, and supports biodiversity, while providing a responsibly grown source of palm. It will remove >900,000 tCO2e over 20 years and have a substantial impact on the community by providing additional income for 100+ farms and jobs for over 300 people.

  1. Mozambique Clean Water project

The Mozambique Clean Drinking Water Project, led by the non-profit Village Water, rehabilitates, installs, and maintains borehole water infrastructure to provide communities with safe, clean drinking water. The project also;

  • builds capacity and offers training at the local level around managing water sources into the future.
  • reduces the risk of waterborne illnesses and the need to boil water for purification, which saves over 95,000 tonnes of firewood annually and reduces CO2 emissions.
  • improves sanitation and hygiene practices in the communities.
  • allows women and girls to spend more time on other activities previously dedicated to collecting water and firewood.

As a result of this project to date, over 36,000 people have access to clean drinking water, and over 98 million litres of drinking water are supplied annually.

 

2023 Sustainable Development Goal Achievements

Reducing inequalities was also part of our 2023 sustainability goals. In February 2023, we sought your insights through our customer satisfaction survey. In response to each completed survey, we made donations to PATH, an international organization dedicated to advancing health equity worldwide. Your participation not only aided our sustainability endeavors but also supported a specific Sustainable Development Goal. We are grateful for your valuable contribution to this vital cause.

Sustainability achievements 2023

Sustainability Programs in the Local Community

We are active members of the local community where we are based, Discovery Park. Annually, we plant Christmas Trees on-site, fostering a green initiative. Additionally, we’ve launched an on-site program for the collection and recycling of printer toner cartridges in Feb 2023.

Christmas Trees growing
Last year’s Christmas Trees

We reuse packaging materials including expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes, dry ice, and cool packs. Over the last 4 years we have re-used 41% of our EPS boxes for our outgoing shipments.

Logical Biological supports volunteer days and we have an annual volunteer day. In March 2023 we volunteered our time to the Kent Wildlife Trust and spent the day at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay, litter picking and clearing sea-buckthorn which dominates the dunes above the bay. To read more please see our blog.

 

Our Sustainability Credentials

In April 2023 we were awarded a Bronze EcoVadis Medal. EcoVadis measures the quality of a company’s sustainability management system and will be planting a tree on our behalf. Our objective is to consistently improve our performance to attain a higher rating in the 2024 assessment.

EcoVadis Bronze 2023

2024 Sustainability Plan

Our 2024 Sustainability Plan is an extension of our achievements from 2023 and we will continue to review our progress, reinforcing our dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. Concentrating on key areas— Environment, Labour and Human Rights, and Ethics — we not only aim to enhance our EcoVadis score significantly, but we are also steadfast in our goal to achieve Carbon Neutrality in 2024 by once again minimising and offsetting all carbon emissions.

Logical Biological is committed to do what we can to reduce our environmental impact and improve our local environment. With this core value in mind some of our team recently enjoyed a blustery day in Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve volunteering for the Kent Wildlife Trust.

 

Covering 615-hectares (1,520-acres), Sandwich and Pegwell Bay is the Kent Wildlife Trusts largest site and is important for breeding, migrating, and wintering birds all year round. It has rich feeding grounds which are a vital stop for migrating birds, some of which cover thousands of miles and come all the way from places like Canada, Russia, and Africa. The area is also home to many internationally important rare plants and animals, such as lizard orchids and sand lizards.

 

Caption: Sea-buckthorn dominate the dunes above Pegwell bay

 

Sea-buckthorn, as we discovered, is a spiny, thicket-forming shrub that grows well in the sand dunes. In-fact it grows so well that it has taken over too much of the reserve and needed cutting back and managing. That is where our team of volunteers came in! Our team spent the day cutting back the shrub and litter picking the cleared area, making it ready for sand lizard to bask in the summer sun and highland cattle to graze.

Caption: Logical Biologicals team of volunteers

 

With the ideal ratio of shrub to dunes being 25:75%, there’s still a way to go, but we definitely made an impact and hope that we played a part in ensuring the vast biodiversity of the area.

Caption: Rubbish and wayward golf balls collected (there’s an adjacent championship links golf course!)

 

Here at Logical Biological we care about reducing our environmental impact. We are lucky to work in a rural location and get to see lots of wildlife around our HQ at Discovery Park. A few days ago, we were able to put our environmentally conscious aims into practice when we saved a Green Woodpecker. We noticed the beautiful bird, caught upside down with its legs tangled in synthetic nesting material high up on the outside of the building.

 

The trapped woodpecker

 

We at Logical Biological will not stand idly by whilst a woodpecker is in distress, so we sprang into action and… called Discovery Park reception! Some heroes arrived with a ladder to retrieve the woodpecker, whilst Logical Biological provided the crucial pair of scissors required in the untangling process.

 

Untangling the woodpecker

 

Although our levels of customer service are second to none, we are not expecting to win awards for our wildlife photography any time soon! However, here is a picture so you can see what a Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) looks like when it is not being saved by the team at Logical Biological.

 

The European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)

 

 

As we move into 2020, one thing we’d like to do at Logical Biological is find a greener way of dealing with polystyrene box waste. The material has fantastic properties making it ideal for use in shipping biological reagents around the world. It is incredibly lightweight, a great insulator and it can withstand some knocking around, so it is no surprise that our industry uses so much of it. The downside is that most EPS boxes are treated as single-use and are destined for landfill or incineration. How can we get rid of them in a way that minimises environmental impact? We’d love to know how people would feel about receiving goods in re-used EPS boxes where it is safe to do so. Any other suggestions on this topic are very welcome! You can contact us on infoATlogicalbiological.com or follow this link to complete the web form.

Logical Biological, December 2019