Targets Identified and Changes Made in 2021/22
With our baseline established by Albert, we set about making changes to our facilities, operations and approach to sustainability.
We identified that our lighting was an area of energy waste and could be improved. We therefore set out to phase in LED lighting across all sites, with the aim of being fully LED by 2025.
Furthermore, we began investigation into what areas could be fitted with sensors (auto on/off switches).
A new hybrid working culture resulted in some areas within our facilities not being used for significant amounts of time, so we therefore implemented zoning procedures to monitor this. Our staff perform regular checks of all our rooms and spaces ensuring air conditioning, lighting and monitors are switched off when unoccupied.
We began the process of reviewing suppliers to make sure their policies were in line with our own and that we are all working towards similar goals.
We identified that our electricity usage was the most significant aspect of our carbon footprint and action needed to be taken.
We began the transition to fully renewable energy across all of our facilities immediately in 2021-22, this subsequently concluding in early 2023.
In addition a review of air conditioning systems took place across all sites. We enquired (and requested) with our landlords if the gas used in the units could be changed to a greener alternative. All of our air conditioning units are serviced 3 times a year.
Single Use Plastics
We immediately began phasing out all single use plastics across our hospitality and office operations, utilising metal straws, biodegradable bin liners and issuing all staff with a reusable metal water bottle.
Procedures were put in place to encourage a reduction in printing (nominal charge for clients to encourage good practice).
In addition a migration from paper documentation to digital was completed in key departments such as Accounts and HR.
Lastly we addressed our paper supply to become more sustainably sourced.
Couriers & Taxis
We switched to requesting push bikes instead of motor vehicles where possible and utilised electric vehicles for journeys further afield.
We encourage staff and clients to utilise public transport where possible instead of a taxi. However, we immediately set out reviewing our suppliers and which of them could support a sustainable approach to taxi usage.