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Bishop's Stortford-based estate agent Mullucks has started 2020 with a 'green clean' of every aspect of its business.

The firm – part of the Hunters group with a head office at The Guild House in Water Lane and branches in Saffron Walden and Epping – is replacing its fleet of six company cars with electric vehicles and installing charging points outside its offices and at the homes of staff with a car.

It has also signed up to a Forest Carbon-run scheme where the Mullucks contribution will offset an additional 100 tonnes of carbon every year.

Mullucks managing director Daniel Galati in one of the firm's new electric vehicles at its head office in Water Lane (29623797)
Mullucks managing director Daniel Galati in one of the firm's new electric vehicles at its head office in Water Lane (29623797)

Managing director Daniel Galati said: "We wanted to do more than just pay lip service to being environmentally friendly.

"We've taken a long, hard look at the business and investigated every route we can take to make sure that everything we do is genuinely as green as possible. In some cases it might cost a little more, but we think it's worth it.

"In fact, the very nature of estate agency means that some of the changes make perfect sense. For example, in order to visit our clients or value properties for instruction, we carry out a lot of short journeys to premises just a few miles away from our offices several times a day, which means electric vehicles are ideally suited for the job."

Martin Nash with a sustainably-sourced sold board. Picture: Vikki Lince
Martin Nash with a sustainably-sourced sold board. Picture: Vikki Lince

The move comes as global news agencies were repeating environmental warnings confirming that the 10 years to the end of 2019 were the warmest on record, and last year was the second warmest since 1850.

"It's clear that nowadays green issues are in their rightful place at the top of the news agenda. Nobody doubts that now. So, in a small way, we want to do what we can to play our part," said Daniel.

"This even extends to an examination of waste in our offices. Whilst we already separate plastic and paper, we're looking into eco-friendly waste distribution, to ensure that it doesn't go to landfill.

"We've even been experimenting with sourcing our milk delivery differently so that we receive it in glass bottles rather than in plastic containers."

Daniel Galati charging one of the electric cars. Picture: Vikki Lince
Daniel Galati charging one of the electric cars. Picture: Vikki Lince

Other measures include ensuring that all of its publications and for sale boards are recyclable, halving the print run of its magazines by promoting its digital editions and investing in technology to reduce use of paper in its offices, particularly in the area of lettings, which traditionally uses a lot of printed material.

"We wanted to be proactive too, so we're helping to support the creation of new woodlands in the UK in order to mitigate the impact of our greenhouse gas emissions," said Daniel.

"So far, the scheme run by Forest Carbon has planted over seven million trees across the country, in woodlands independently audited and certified under the UK Woodland Carbon Code.

"The trees we've helped plant will not only offset our carbon emissions, but also make a contribution to a wider environmental benefit, as well as being a lasting reminder of why green issues affect us all."



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