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 staff, I jumped on the probability.
The atmosphere is necessary to us
All of Companies House’s strategic goals have one factor in frequent: they take into account the atmosphere.
Whether or not it’s delivering a fantastic buyer expertise by our good providers, or ensuring the info on our register evokes belief and confidence, we take into account the atmosphere in every little thing we do.
“However how do you do that?”, I hear you ask.
We use an Setting Administration System (EMS) which permits us to observe all of our actions in order that we are able to be sure we’re compliant with all environmental laws. This EMS has held the ISO 14001 standard for 17 years, an internationally recognised atmosphere administration normal.
We’ve made nice strides in 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 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 to this point
This good progress is testomony to the tradition of sustainability at Firms Home and the exhausting work put in by the Setting Administration Workforce 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 Means in Cardiff, you’ll know that it’s a pretty big constructing. And with massive buildings come lots of lights! Steadily, the outdated lights have been changed with extra vitality environment friendly LED bulbs together with sensors to make sure that they don’t keep on longer than required.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 influence on our consumption and forgetting to show the lights off in your method out the door has develop into a factor of the previous. Simply have a look at the outcomes we’ve had to this point.
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 frequently 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’ve ZIP Taps that present ice-cold or boiling water close to instantaneously. These faucets not solely use much less vitality, but in addition scale 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 vitality 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 sure 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 individuals working at our Crown Means workplace (earlier than the pandemic, after all), lots of waste is generated. We’ve a bin for every little thing! 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 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 a fantastic 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 option to internet zero
If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven us something, it is our potential 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 can 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.