We recognise our responsibilities to achieve good environmental practice and to continue to strive for improvement in areas of environmental impact. Our approach is to work through education, communication and direct action wherever possible.
The Board is aware of its responsibilities with regard to the environment, receives regular reports on all environmental matters and has nominated Chris Sander, Chief Executive Officer, as the Director responsible for such matters.
Environmental Risk Assessment
Potential areas of risk are identified through the Group’s risk assessment programme and mitigated wherever possible. Key operating businesses undertake quantitative audits which enable a measure of environmental improvement to be made. The Operating Companies have achieved, or are working towards, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System Certification.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Carbon Footprint
The Group is party to a Climate Change Agreement (CCA), is constantly looking for new ways to reduce its carbon footprint and has put various initiatives in place, including continued investment in energy efficient capital equipment and the gradual rollout of passive ultra low energy LED lighting. Furthermore, the majority of cars available to employees as part of the Group’s car scheme are currently subject to a CO2 restriction of 130g/km. The average CO2 of our non-commercial fleet as at the end of 2015 reduced to 104g/km from 108g/km at the end of 2014.