Reducing Environmental Impacts
The attention we give to the environmental impacts from how we run our business is based on a practical approach designed to deliver tangible, long lasting reductions in our energy costs and environmental footprint. We do so on a number of fronts, each of which is described in more detail below.
Alongside this, we work with clients to reduce their energy costs and improve the sustainability rating of their properties, drawing on our core real estate expertise and specialist sustainability experience. For more information, visit our Sustainability Solutions section.
We've been committed to improving the environmental performance of our business for many years now and have built a programme to ensure that this commitment is translated into practice in a clear, embedded way. Read our environmental policy. Our approach has gained us a company wide certification to ISO14001, the leading standard for environmental management, since 2005. Our certification includes external audits of all our offices over a three year rolling programme, providing us with on-going verification that the whole company is moving forward in a coordinated way. At the same time, we have an established suite of management information on environmental impacts and this is used to guide internal decision making on how we run key aspects of our business.
It has been a natural step for us to take this experience of managing and measuring our environmental impacts and adopt bold challenges for reducing our carbon footprint. Our first target was set in 2010, when we became a founding business partner of 10:10, an initiative to reduce carbon footprints that year by 10%. By making our business more efficient and environmentally friendly, we were able to secure a 12% reduction in absolute energy use in the buildings we occupied during the 12 months to September 2010. We are now engaged in our next round of reductions and have adopted a target of reducing carbon emissions by 10% per square metre by December 2018, based upon a 2013 base year and scope.
We are working with others in the property sector to address environmental challenges, principally through our involvement in the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). We are a founding member of the UKGBC, set up in 2007 with a mission to dramatically improve the sustainability of the built environment, and provide input into a number of its policy initiatives, as well as practical assistance with events.
We have taken steps to ensure that the environment is a key feature of our procurement. All paper we use is 100% FSC accredited and environmentally friendly products feature prominently in our stationary consumables. We use a variety of disposal routes for our end of life IT and telecommunications equipment, all of which operate on a charitable basis. We also seek to use environmentally friendly materials in our office fit-outs.