We know that building a more sustainable future for generations to come means acting now to tackle climate risk. That’s why we’re committed to delivering our vision of a net zero carbon future. You can watch our Climate Vision here.
We regularly review our processes, with the aim of reducing business travel, waste and our consumption of energy, water as well as other resources.
We are ESOS compliant and are ISO14001 accredited. Our approach is one of continuous improvement.
We want to play our part in a net-zero carbon future. To mark turning 100 this year, we’re making a pledge to become carbon neutral from 2021, and to halve our carbon footprint* by 2025. We will also be lifetime net zero by 2025 - meaning we’ll have off-set all of our carbon footprint dating back to 1921. And, climate risks will be an integral part of our research, services and advice - and the way that we run our firm.
*Our 2019/20 carbon footprint (before renewable energy) of 1988 tonnes.
Commuting and Business Travel
We have taken a number of steps to reduce our carbon footprint associated with travel. These relate not just to business travel but also our employees’ commutes each day.
Improved video conferencing, tele-conferencing and online meeting facilities have encouraged a reduction in business travel between offices for internal meetings. We do, however, recognise that, as a professional services firm, contact with clients is still an essential element of our service.
We also offer employees a ‘cycle to work’ scheme which allows them to purchase a bicycle at reduced cost. We also provide secure storage and showering facilities. Interest free season ticket loans are available to employees, to encourage the use of public transport, with parking facilities either extremely limited or absent at each of our four offices.
Where possible, we purchase environmentally responsible products from likeminded companies and continuously monitor our energy, water and resource usage.
We have also been able to reduce our (sustainably sourced) paper usage by 20% by the introduction of a new secure printing strategy early in the year.
Recognising the limitations of occupying shared buildings, we work closely with the building management teams and other tenants to improve the overall energy and resource consumption in each of our offices. For example fitting movement sensor lights in each of our four offices.
We manage all business waste according to reduce, re-use, recycle principles. We work closely with our suppliers to continually make improvements to reduce waste. We operate an in-house bottling system in all offices which has completely eliminated the use of plastic bottles (and also the need to transport bottled water).
All offices have segregated recycling facilities in break-out areas. With three of the four offices operating a ‘no individual waste bin’ policy. Old office and IT equipment is disposed through certified environmental waste management services providers.
As with resource usage, we work closely with the building management teams and other tenants to ensure that we successfully reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.