Environment

Aim

Reducing our impact on the environment and making a positive difference benefits the planet, our business, our employees, our customers, and many other stakeholders associated with helping us with our vision to deliver sustainable value.

EMCOR UK is committed to using our expertise and technical knowledge to help minimise our environmental impact and support our stakeholders.

Guiding Principle

EMCOR UK is committed to the protection of the environment and will seek to reduce and mitigate any negative environmental impacts and positively influence our relationship with the environment within our sphere of influence.

Initiatives

EMCOR UK has implemented, and will maintain, ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management systems (EMS) to help deliver effective and systematic environmental management in the delivery of our services across multiple industry sectors.

Goals

EMCOR UK's commitment to enhanced environmental performance is demonstrated though various objectives geared toward increasing our contribution towards sustainability. These objectives are based upon our significant environmental compliance obligations, risks, and opportunities. They include the following:

1. Waste Management

Guiding Principle

EMCOR UK is committed to working with our strategic waste service providers to identify and implement best practices regarding waste management to help us and our customers meet, and where possible, exceed, our legal and moral obligations regarding the waste hierarchy requirements.

Initiatives

EMCOR UK is an Ambassador to the right Waste right Place (rWrP) campaign to promote the Duty of Care requirements regarding the safe handling, storage, and disposal of waste. The campaign is run by the Environmental Services Association (ESA), and supported by the Environment Agency (EA), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), and the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET).

Goals

To help us deliver our commitment regarding rWrP, EMCOR UK subscribes to the following criteria:

  • Evidence that EMCOR UK embraces the principles of rWrP and has an internal programme and policy on waste management.
  • A commitment to promoting best practices with regard to waste management.
  • A commitment to actively engaging with rWrP to promote the campaign.

2. Minimise Transport Impact

Guiding Principle

One of our biggest areas of environmental impact is EMCOR UK's vehicle fleet— 90% of our CO2 emissions are from the use of vehicles. To reduce our impact, we are exploring technological and operational solutions.

Initiatives

We have included fleet use in the scope of our ISO 50001:2011 energy management system (EnMS), which is subject to annual external audits.

Goals

  • To accurately monitor and measure fuel use, mileage, and resultant emissions—and to establish a baseline position from which to set reduction targets.
  • To use telematics, on a trial basis, to highlight opportunities for increased efficiencies in the use of our fleet.
  • To continually review our fleet to help ensure that it reflects the ongoing technological advancements within the automotive industry. This means we operate an efficient fleet that meets both our own objectives and our customers’ expectations.
  • Communicate best practice through driver training and awareness.

3. Energy Reduction

Guiding Principle

Ensuring EMCOR UK minimises the use of energy in our own offices and maximises our operational efficiencies whilst further reducing our carbon emissions.

Initiatives

EMCOR UK sets annual targets through our ISO 50001:2011 (EnMS) helping to ensure continual improvement in energy reduction.

Goals

  • Helping to ensure Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase Two compliance through continued certification to ISO 50001.
  • Achieve a 2% reduction in energy consumption by implementing retrofit technologies, increasing energy awareness through training sessions and events, and implementing an energy champion network across the business.
  • Helping to ensure that any recommendations to customers focus on whole life costs, incorporating carbon and cost reduction.

4. Optimise Water Consumption

Guiding Principle

EMCOR UK acknowledges that by reducing our use of water, we are saving a valuable resource. We will decrease water pollution, increase energy savings, and create more efficient processes for using our water.

Initiatives

EMCOR UK has exceeded our target of 15%, by reducing water consumption by 45%.

Goals

Continue introducing measures to reduce water consumption and enhance resource efficiency at the Surbiton, Eastleigh, and Wilmslow offices.

5. Supporting Our Stakeholders

Guiding Principle

EMCOR UK recognises that we are in a position to support and influence our key partners. We aim to support our customers and supply chain in minimising their environmental impacts by utilising our technical expertise and knowledge of best practices.

Initiatives

EMCOR UK works with a number of external stakeholders. By showcasing our new EnergyWise model, we have identified energy projects since 2015 that have achieved 26,000 MWh of energy savings for our customers.

We are also actively involved in implementing BS 8903 principles, a framework for procuring sustainably, into a number of our customers’ organisations. This demonstrates our ability to add value and innovation in helping them meet their sustainability agendas.

Goals

Continue to support and develop the Supply Chain Sustainability School, a sector-specific school that will consist of workshops, e-learning modules, and training and self-assessments tools for organisations. The school will help address areas of sustainability that are important to our stakeholders.