Making a positive difference in the environment benefits the planet, our business, our employees, and our customers. We are committed to using our expertise and technical knowledge to help minimise our environmental impact and support our stakeholders.
1. Eliminating waste
We are committed to decreasing the volume and toxicity of the waste and materials we dispose of to conserve and recover as much of the planet’s natural resources as possible.
EMCOR UK diverts waste away from landfill to maximise the benefits of generating energy from waste, and will continue to do so.
- Procure a waste service preferred supplier to help us to achieve our corporate goal for reducing waste across our offices and customers’ sites.
- Work with our chosen supplier to identify opportunities to move our waste up the waste hierarchy.
- Explore circular economy opportunities through in-house training, revised operating procedures, up skilling our employees, and appointing waste champions.
- Work with suppliers to minimise waste arriving on site.
- Improve quality and reporting of waste data.
2. Minimise transport impact
One of our biggest areas of environmental impact is the vehicle fleet we operate. To reduce its impact we are exploring technological and operational solutions.
We have established data relating to miles travelled, average driver numbers, and litres of fuel purchased. We now use this data as a baseline for future initiatives.
- Determine appropriate targets to substantially reduce the environmental impact of the vehicle fleet.
- Identify targets for reducing the impact of commuting and business travel.
- Continually review the fleet to 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.
3. Energy reduction
Reducing consumption of energy at our offices not only reduces costs — which makes us more efficient for our customers—but also contributes to a cleaner environment, preserving resources for future generations.
We developed a baseline in 2012 to help us achieve a systematic energy reduction. We achieved a 19% reduction in 2014, which equates to a saving of 246MWh—in total, a 21% reduction since 2012. We attribute this reduction to the success of our Energy Management System (EnMS), an increased awareness amongst building occupants, a focus on “switch-off,” and the consolidation of our buildings. Our goal is to continue to realise energy reduction year over year.
- Evaluate the scope of our EnMS and make recommendations that align to Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) requirements.
- Achieve a 5% reduction in energy consumption by: nominating energy representatives at each location implementing an incentive scheme to encourage participation; and enhancing data collection.
- Ensure that any recommendations to customers focus on renewable and funded opportunities.
- Continue with annual campaigns that highlight energy efficiency (Climate Week and Earth Hour).
4. Optimise water consumption
We acknowledge that by reducing our use of water we are saving a valuable resource, will decrease water pollution, increase energy savings, and create more efficient processes for using our water.
We have exceeded our target of 15%, by reducing water consumption by 45%.
- Continue introducing measures to reduce water consumption and enhance resource efficiency at the Surbiton, Eastleigh and Cheadle offices.
5. Supporting our stakeholders
We recognise 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.
We work with a number of external stakeholders. By showcasing our new EnergyWise model, we have identified projects that will save in excess of 9,000 MWh of energy 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.
- Develop and launch 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.