EMCOR UK Launch New e-Learning Module Designed to Reduce Industry Use of Single Use Plastics

- Collaborating with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, the module looks to inspire UK businesses to implement more sustainable use of plastics -

London, 22 April 2019: EMCOR UK has become the first UK facilities management provider to collaborate with the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School to offer a free e-Learning module aimed at the sustainable use and management of plastics in businesses across the UK. Having put in place its own practises to reduce the amount of avoidable waste created at its managed facilities across the country, EMCOR UK are uniquely positioned to educate other businesses looking to make their organisation more sustainable.

Open to individuals and corporates via the Supply Chain Sustainability School website, the e-Learning module will cover the whole spectrum of plastic use in a typical business - what its properties are and the most common wastages. Awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of single use plastics is already heightened among consumers, who are more knowledgeable and responsible in their approach to the consumption of disposable plastics than ever before. It is hoped that the e-Learning tool will inspire other UK businesses to look at ways to improve their sustainability and recycling practises – in turn giving their customers and stakeholders’ peace of mind when it comes to interacting with a business that is socially responsible.

As part of the EMCOR UK and Supply Chain Sustainability School module, participants can expect to learn how to reduce their business’ use of single use plastics.

EMCOR UK’s four top tips include:

  1. Seeking companywide commitment: The first step must be gaining consensus from the whole business around the mission to eliminate the use of single use plastics every employee across an organisation must be committed or it will not work.
  2. Know where to start: Carrying out an audit and identifying the elements within the business that can be changed (e.g. substituting plastic with plant based/biodegradable/recyclable products, reducing disposables, proposing alternative packaging solutions, or replacing plastic cutlery with alternatives such as stainless steel cutlery or crockery etc.). Without knowing the full extent of plastics, you cannot look to reduce it.
  3. Engaging with supply chain: No business is an island, the suppliers play a vital role to making your business more sustainable overall. Making the whole supply chain sustainable depends on the support and expertise of others as well as your own.
  4. Sharing the learnings: All businesses are in the same boat when it comes to reducing plastic. Make sure that your journey to cut waste does not stop with you and that your business shares its learnings with others. While creating a more sustainable business is commendable, contributing to a healthier planet is even more admirable.

For EMCOR UK, the e-Learning tool is the latest step in its journey to being a more responsible and sustainable UK business. The facilities management leader is also a founding partner of the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School, the organisation with which they collaborated to deliver this e-Learning tool. Last year, EMCOR UK also become the first facilities management company to be assessed against the new international standard for sustainable procurement ISO 20400.

Keith Chanter, CEO, EMCOR UK commented: "The irresponsible use of single use plastics has become one of the most important challenges for our generation to address. While consumer consciousness around wastage is ever increasing, as business leaders, we must look at how we can ensure our organisation and its supply chains are as sustainable as possible so our customers and employees can have the upmost confidence that they are interacting with a responsible business. On this journey to a greener future, we must work together to share learnings about how the use of single-use plastics can be minimised as much as possible. It is all of our issue so we must work together to address it.”

Mark Turner of the School’s delivery partner Action Sustainability said: “We are delighted that EMCOR UK has supported the development of this important new learning e-Learning resource for the School. Reducing and responsibly managing use of plastics is a major challenge facing the FM sector and its many clients. All of our School partners are committed to working collaboratively and EMCOR UK has been at the forefront of this push for industry collaboration since we set up our FM group”.

You can register for the EMCOR UK and Supply Chain Sustainability School - Sustainable Use & Management of Plastics module at: https://www.supplychainschool.co.uk/uk/sustainability/fm/support/e-learning-modules.aspx

To formally launch the module, EMCOR UK will host an interactive workshop on 1st May 2019 tailored to facilities management professionals but open to all interested stakeholders. Held in central London, the workshop is designed to inspire UK businesses to implement sustainable use of plastics. The launch will feature companies leading the plastic agenda, including Marks & Spencer and the Cabinet Office. Additional details and registration available below:

https://www.supplychainschool.co.uk/uk/sustainability/fm/support/supplier-training/883/reducing-and-managing-plastic-waste-with-emcor-uk/