I’ve been working at Firms Home for simply over a yr now. And after I was given the chance to work with the atmosphere in our Estates group, I jumped on the probability.
The atmosphere is vital to us
All of Companies House’s strategic goals have one factor in widespread: they take into account the atmosphere.
Whether or not it’s delivering an excellent buyer expertise by means of our sensible companies, or ensuring the info on our register evokes belief and confidence, we take into account the atmosphere in all the pieces we do.
“However how do you do that?”, I hear you ask.
We use an Setting Administration System (EMS) which permits us to watch all of our actions in order that we are able to ensure that we’re compliant with all environmental laws. This EMS has held the ISO 14001 standard for 17 years, an internationally recognised atmosphere administration customary.
We’ve made nice strides in the direction of assembly our Greening Authorities Commitments (GGC) and we’re effectively on our option 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 performed up to now
This sensible progress is testomony to the tradition of sustainability at Firms Home and the arduous work put in by the Setting Administration Staff and the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Some nice initiatives have been executed throughout Firms Home contributing to those constructive outcomes:
When you’ve ever been to our headquarters on Crown Manner in Cardiff, you’ll know that it’s a pretty big constructing. And with giant buildings come a number of lights! Step by step, the outdated lights have been changed with extra vitality environment friendly LED bulbs together with sensors to make sure that they don’t keep on longer than required.
These modifications have had a constructive affect on our consumption and forgetting to show the lights off in your manner out the door has turn into a factor of the previous. Simply take a look at the outcomes we’ve had up to now.
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 usually used to see workers within the workplace kitchens grabbing their morning espresso or a cuppa, so you’ll be able to 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 vitality, but additionally scale back the quantity of water we use. No extra guessing how a lot water to place within the kettle!
As with most giant outdated buildings, it takes a number of vitality 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 standard 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 perspective in the direction of enterprise journey. Pre-COVID noticed numerous our workers transfer between workplaces, meet with exterior companion 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 information 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 Manner workplace (earlier than the pandemic, in fact), a number of waste is generated. Now we have a bin for all the pieces! 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 yr 2019 to 2020, Firms Home solely despatched 1.62 tonnes of waste to landfill. The remaining is both recycled or incinerated with vitality 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 excellent push to take away one-time use plastic from Authorities Estates. Firms Home has made nice progress in the direction of attaining this purpose. We have changed all plastic cutlery and cups with extra sustainable alternate options.
On our option to internet zero
If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven us something, it is our skill to adapt to an ever-changing atmosphere.
New methods of working have been rapidly launched to nice impact, and whereas the quick impact on Firms Home’s carbon footprint is unsure, it has supplied a possibility to take inventory of our least-efficient facets.
This can inform our future environmental technique, permitting us to fulfill our Greening Authorities Commitments and proceed our path to internet zero.
Learn extra about our strategy to minimise the negative impacts on our environment.