ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Sustainability remains at the core of our business strategy and we recognise the importance of continually improving our environmental performance and managing it effectively.

We do this by ensuring that any carbon emissions and other negative environmental impacts for which we are responsible are reduced as much as possible.

Due to our expanding business and increasing number of global locations, we strive to help our clients and customers reduce their own environmental impacts by being more locally accessible, efficient and flexible. Any initiatives we implement to reduce our environmental impact very often directly benefit our clients and customers too.

Where possible, we enhance our facilities with the latest energy-saving technologies such as LED light fittings, more efficient Building Management Systems and comfort cooling systems.

Our Green Committee regularly meets to discuss ways of implementing and communicating improved energy and environmental efficiency throughout our organisation.

Working with the Carbon Disclosure Project

We continue to demonstrate good environmental stewardship by measuring and reporting our impact on climate change. In our Carbon Disclosure Project (CPD) submissions for 2017, we were once again awarded a strong 'B' rating. In comparison, our industry and sector average and that of the Global 500 is 'C'.

Greener Working

We can’t reach our targets without the help of our customers and employees. Some of the measures we're taking:
  • Replacing lights with low energy lamps and fittings.
  • Installing light sensors where practicable.
  • Ensuring machinery such as boilers and air conditioning are operating efficiently.
  • Ensuring all lighting and heating controls are functioning correctly.
  • Ensuring consistency of approach across centres (operating times and temperature).
  • Ensuring building maintenance staff, contractors and centre managers work closely together as one team.
  • Installing new automatic meters to read electricity and gas accurately.

Little things make a big difference

Greener working is really quite simple; little things can easily be incorporated into our everyday working life and can make a real difference to the environment. Here are five easy tips:
  • Switch off your computer and monitor at night, even while taking a break. Switching off just the monitor will save 70% of the computer's energy.
  • Turn lights off at the end of the day or when a room is not in use. Lighting an office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1000 cups of tea.
  • Turn equipment off when safe and operationally viable to do so. Keeping a mobile phone or laptop charger plugged in continues to use electricity.
  • Think before you print. Only print when absolutely necessary and use the print preview function to make sure you get it right first time.
  • Report leaky taps. A dripping tap can waste up to 140 litres a week.
Many of you will already be doing these — and more — and we'd like to thank you. If you're not, why not give them a try?