I’ve been working at Firms Home for simply over a 12 months now. And after I was given the chance to work with the atmosphere in our Estates crew, I jumped on the probability.
The atmosphere is necessary to us
All of Companies House’s strategic goals have one factor in frequent: they contemplate the atmosphere.
Whether or not it’s delivering an ideal buyer expertise by way of our sensible providers, or ensuring the information on our register conjures up belief and confidence, we contemplate the atmosphere in the whole lot we do.
“However how do you do that?”, I hear you ask.
We use an Surroundings Administration System (EMS) which permits us to watch all of our actions in order that we are able to ensure we’re compliant with all environmental laws. This EMS has held the ISO 14001 standard for 17 years, an internationally recognised atmosphere administration commonplace.
We’ve made nice strides in direction of assembly our Greening Authorities Commitments (GGC) and we’re effectively on our solution to attaining the targets set for 2020 to 2025.
Earlier than the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Firms Home was seeing a downward development with its carbon footprint:
- 1,850 CO2 tonnes, 2017 to 2018
- 1,667 CO2 tonnes, 2018 to 2019
- 1,369 CO2 tonnes, 2019 to 2020
What we’ve completed to date
This sensible progress is testomony to the tradition of sustainability at Firms Home and the laborious work put in by the Surroundings Administration Group and the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Some nice initiatives have been executed throughout Firms Home contributing to those optimistic outcomes:
In the event you’ve ever been to our headquarters on Crown Manner in Cardiff, you’ll know that it’s a fairly large constructing. And with massive buildings come a variety of lights! Progressively, the outdated lights have been changed with extra power environment friendly LED bulbs together with sensors to make sure that they don’t keep on longer than required.
These adjustments have had a optimistic affect on our consumption and forgetting to show the lights off in your method out the door has grow to be a factor of the previous. Simply have a look at the outcomes we’ve had to date.
Our electrical energy related carbon dioxide emissions had been:
- 1,445 CO2 tonnes, 2017 to 2018
- 1,309 CO2 tonnes, 2018 to 2019
- 1,065 CO2 tonnes, 2019 to 2020
We love our scorching drinks at Firms Home. Earlier than the pandemic, we commonly used to see employees within the workplace kitchens grabbing their morning espresso or a cuppa, so you possibly can think about what number of kettles it took to maintain our workforce going.
Now now we have ZIP Taps that present ice-cold or boiling water close to instantaneously. These faucets not solely use much less power, but additionally cut back the quantity of water we use. No extra guessing how a lot water to place within the kettle!
As with most massive outdated buildings, it takes a variety of power to maintain our Crown Manner workplace heat. To decrease our reliance on gasoline, we’ve put in a biomass boiler to energy the heating system by burning wooden pellets, which is extra environment friendly than typical gasoline boilers. We additionally ensure to buy our pellets from respected sustainable sources.
Our gasoline related carbon dioxide emissions had been:
- 97.52 CO2 tonnes, 2017 to 2018
- 95.64 CO2 tonnes, 2018 to 2019
- 89.09 CO2 tonnes, 2019 to 2020
A part of our tradition of sustainability contains our perspective in direction of enterprise journey. Pre-COVID noticed quite a few our employees transfer between places of work, meet with exterior accomplice organisations and so forth. Throughout this time, we launched a brand new journey portal which requested extra questions on whether or not journey was an absolute necessity and the technique of journey wanted.
This platform, together with our ever-improving IT options (like Microsoft Groups, Skype) and knowledge sharing platforms (OneDrive and SharePoint) meant our have to journey for enterprise declined. Pre-COVID, it had decreased by 30%.
Our enterprise journey related carbon dioxide emissions had been:
- 82.62 CO2 tonnes, 2017 to 2018
- 57.32 CO2 tonnes, 2018 to 2019
- 55.44 CO2 tonnes, 2019 to 2020
With over 1,000 folks working at our Crown Manner workplace (earlier than the pandemic, after all), a variety of waste is generated. Now we have a bin for the whole lot! The Environmental Working Group has inspired a tradition of lowering waste and recycling to nice impact.
The quantity of waste we generate is dropping and within the monetary 12 months 2019 to 2020, Firms Home solely despatched 1.62 tonnes of waste to landfill. The remaining is both recycled or incinerated with power reclamation.
Our complete waste was:
- 242.91 tonnes, 2017 to 2018
- 242.22 tonnes, 2018 to 2019
- 215.82 tonnes, 2019 to 2020
Removing of one-use plastic
There was an ideal push to take away one-time use plastic from Authorities Estates. Firms Home has made nice progress in direction of attaining this aim. We have changed all plastic cutlery and cups with extra sustainable options.
On our solution to web zero
If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven us something, it is our capacity to adapt to an ever-changing atmosphere.
New methods of working have been rapidly launched to nice impact, and whereas the rapid impact on Firms Home’s carbon footprint is unsure, it has offered a possibility to take inventory of our least-efficient facets.
This may inform our future environmental technique, permitting us to satisfy our Greening Authorities Commitments and proceed our path to web zero.
Learn extra about our strategy to minimise the negative impacts on our environment.