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 setting in our Estates crew, I jumped on the probability.
The setting is essential to us
All of Companies House’s strategic goals have one factor in widespread: they contemplate the setting.
Whether or not it’s delivering an amazing buyer expertise via our good companies, or ensuring the information on our register conjures up belief and confidence, we contemplate the setting 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 be certain we’re compliant with all environmental laws. This EMS has held the ISO 14001 standard for 17 years, an internationally recognised setting administration commonplace.
We’ve made nice strides in direction of assembly our Greening Authorities Commitments (GGC) and we’re nicely on our method to attaining the targets set for 2020 to 2025.
Earlier than the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Firms 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 executed thus far
This good progress is testomony to the tradition of sustainability at Firms Home and the onerous work put in by the Setting Administration Crew and the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Some nice initiatives have been executed throughout Firms Home contributing to those optimistic outcomes:
If you happen to’ve ever been to our headquarters on Crown Means in Cardiff, you’ll know that it’s a pretty big constructing. And with giant buildings come numerous 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 Progressively, the outdated lights have been changed with extra power environment friendly LED bulbs together with sensors to make sure that they don’t keep on longer than required.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 modifications have had a optimistic influence on our consumption and forgetting to show the lights off in your manner out the door has change into a factor of the previous. Simply take a look at the outcomes we’ve had thus far.
Our electrical energy related carbon dioxide emissions have 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 recurrently used to see employees 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 power, 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 numerous power to maintain our Crown Means 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 be certain to buy our pellets from respected sustainable sources.
Our gasoline related carbon dioxide emissions have 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 angle in direction of enterprise journey. Pre-COVID noticed a variety of our employees transfer between places of work, meet with exterior associate 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 must journey for enterprise declined. Pre-COVID, it had decreased by 30%.
Our enterprise journey related carbon dioxide emissions have 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 Means workplace (earlier than the pandemic, in fact), numerous waste is generated. We’ve got a bin for all the pieces! The Environmental Working Group has inspired a tradition of decreasing 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
Elimination of one-use plastic
There was an amazing push to take away one-time use plastic from Authorities Estates. Firms Home has made nice progress in direction of attaining this purpose. We have changed all plastic cutlery and cups with extra sustainable options.
On our method to internet zero
If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven us something, it is our capacity to adapt to an ever-changing setting.
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 chance to take inventory of our least-efficient features.
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.