Agria Pet Insurance has become the UK’s first carbon neutral pet insurer, the company has announced today.
Having worked towards the goal for the past three years, the specialist pet insurer has now achieved official carbon neutral status, certified by environmental consultancy firm, Eco Offset Ltd.
Significant and widespread reductions in Agria’s carbon footprint have made this possible, together with investment in globally registered clean water and conservation projects, of significant environmental importance.
Janet Hughes, Director of Partner Engagement and Strategy at Agria Pet Insurance, has led the company’s sustainability drive over the past few years. She says, “Starting with staff engagement, we have consistently built on our plans to be the most sustainable we can be. From humble beginnings of simple, but effective, solutions – from recycling bins to replacing kettles with hot water taps, we have moved onto greater impact projects which have involved the whole Agria team and our incredible customers, too.
“More than 80% of our customers now have a paperless policy, generating savings, to date, of over 1.5million sheets of paper – and counting. We planted 1,000 Agria trees through our partnership with Trees for Cities, as well as hundreds more, together with our sustainability consultants, Eco Offset Ltd.
“We have now invested in key international projects to not only mitigate and reduce CO2e emissions, but to also have a real impact on the local communities supporting them. Certified by Gold Standard and Verra, our projects are providing clean water in Laos, funding peatland restoration and conservation Indonesia, and protecting biodiversity with the preservation of an environmentally critical area of the Amazon. We are over the moon that every step that our team and our customers have taken has resulted in us becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral pet insurer.”
Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance, says, “Becoming carbon neutral is a significant moment for us. Agria has cared for pets since 1890, so it’s important that we take just as much care of the world we share together. Our incredible Sustainability Team have worked hard and with great passion to help us to become the UK’s first carbon neutral pet insurer, and it’s so inspiring that our customers have been on board too, playing an invaluable part in the process. We’re delighted to have received official certification and are very excited about the future and the great plans we have to continue making a difference.”
You can find out more about Agria’s carbon neutral status and the projects they are supporting here.