Responsibility

Environmental Impact

Energy. Water. Waste.

As the world’s leading provider of workplace solutions, we are well aware of our environmental responsibilities.

For a number of years we have been investigating our environmental impact and looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and move towards more sustainable ways of working.

We are looking at every area of our environmental impact including energy use, water consumption and waste and are putting in place a robust series of practical measures designed to improve these.

Working with the Carbon Trust.

We work closely with the Carbon Trust and are delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010 and 2011. This award requires an organization to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and actually make real reductions. Unlike other awards it only recognises organisations that have taken steps to cut carbon across their own operations – it does not give credits for purchasing carbon offsets!

With this prestigious award comes a commitment to continue to make year-on-year reductions in our carbon emissions.

Greener Working

We can’t reach our targets without the help of our customers; after all, you’re the people using our centres day in, day out! Your actions have a huge part to play in achieving our targets and we want to make sure you understand what we are doing and how you can help us reduce our environmental impact.

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. For example, 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 for example 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?

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