I’ve been working at Corporations Home for simply over a 12 months now. And once I was given the chance to work with the surroundings in our Estates group, I jumped on the probability.
The surroundings is essential to us
All of Companies House’s strategic goals have one factor in frequent: they think about the surroundings.
Whether or not it’s delivering an amazing buyer expertise by way of our good providers, or ensuring the information on our register evokes belief and confidence, we think about the surroundings in all the things 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 will ensure that we’re compliant with all environmental laws. This EMS has held the ISO 14001 standard for 17 years, an internationally recognised surroundings administration customary.
We’ve made nice strides in direction of assembly our Greening Authorities Commitments (GGC) and we’re nicely on our strategy to attaining the targets set for 2020 to 2025.
Earlier than the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Corporations Home was seeing a downward pattern 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 accomplished thus far
This good progress is testomony to the tradition of sustainability at Corporations Home and the laborious work put in by the Surroundings Administration Staff and the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Some nice initiatives have been executed throughout Corporations Home contributing to those optimistic outcomes:
For those who’ve ever been to our headquarters on Crown Approach in Cardiff, you’ll know that it’s a fairly large constructing. And with massive buildings come lots 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 Progressively, the outdated lights have been changed with extra power environment friendly LED bulbs together with sensors to make sure that they don’t keep on longer than required.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 influence on our consumption and forgetting to show the lights off in your method out the door has turn out to be a factor of the previous. Simply take a look at the outcomes we’ve had thus far.
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 sizzling drinks at Corporations Home. Earlier than the pandemic, we recurrently 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 we have now 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 lots of power to maintain our Crown Approach 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 that 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 consists of our angle in direction of enterprise journey. Pre-COVID noticed numerous 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 individuals working at our Crown Approach workplace (earlier than the pandemic, in fact), lots of waste is generated. Now we have a bin for all the things! 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, Corporations Home solely despatched 1.62 tonnes of waste to landfill. The remainder is both recycled or incinerated with power reclamation.
Our whole 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 amazing push to take away one-time use plastic from Authorities Estates. Corporations 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 strategy to internet zero
If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven us something, it is our skill to adapt to an ever-changing surroundings.
New methods of working have been shortly launched to nice impact, and whereas the fast impact on Corporations Home’s carbon footprint is unsure, it has supplied a chance to take inventory of our least-efficient points.
It will inform our future environmental technique, permitting us to satisfy our Greening Authorities Commitments and proceed our path to internet zero.
Learn extra about our strategy to minimise the negative impacts on our environment.