It is essential that waste and pollution created from the activities of the Group meets the needs of the present day, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The techniques for realising environmental improvements are already well advanced in many areas of pollution control and in the development of alternative production methods.
Our delivery methodologies have been designed and developed to ensure that the Group remains, within its sphere of operations, compliant with the standards set in our Environmental Accreditation ISO 14001:2004 and Quality Accreditation ISO 9001: 2008 Certification.
Transport and the disposal of waste from clients’ sites will be conducted in total compliance with legislation. As a registered waste carrier, we strive to ensure that we recycle any waste materials locally where facilities exist, as well as reducing waste by operational means or by use of alternative materials. Opportunities to further reduce wastage are kept under continuous review.
Waste paper generated by office procedures will be collected, stored and transported to recycling centres.
Scrap metals will be transported to recycling centres wherever possible. Fluorescent lighting tubes and luminaires will be disposed of in accordance with the Approved Code of Practice.
Oils and grease, organic solvents, de-greasers, paints and adhesives will be disposed of in accordance with the Approved Code of Practice.
Concrete, brick, wood and waste building materials will be disposed of in accordance with Waste Regulation Authorities Control Systems.
Where we identify that heating and combustion plant are emitting waste gases from their operation that adversely affect the environment, life-cycle process or efficiency, we work closely with our clients in order to recommend and implement modifications to facilitate energy conservation and minimise waste production.
The Group is very aware of the issue of vehicle emissions, and has a robust renewal policy to ensure that we are always using the most modern and fuel-efficient engines, as well as being careful to select appropriate sized vehicles for individual trades. We have also installed vehicle tracking systems and speed restrictors to further reduce our carbon footprint and maintain efficient service delivery. All our vehicles are regularly serviced and inspected throughout their life cycle to ensure that they continue to run efficiently and with minimum emissions.
We recognise the importance of water conservation and all employees are instructed to minimise the use of water wherever possible. Plumbers and all other technicians are trained to reduce water consumption by:
The Group has many years’ experience in dealing with sewerage and waste water from our work in drain clearance and hygiene, which has enabled us to develop methods and procedures to ensure that sewerage and other waste products are safely contained and are never discharged into rivers or other surface water systems.
Any spillages of sewerage in or around the area of our operations are washed down and cleaned with disinfectant and disposed of in accordance with the Group Safety Rules.
The Group strives to comply with the protection of wildlife and flora and is committed to having a minimal impact when carrying out its operations in environmentally sensitive locations. Tree cutting or tree surgery, plant removal or wildlife disturbance will not be carried out without reference to supervisory management, who ensure that all operational procedures are being carried out in accordance with the Statutory Legislation and Codes of Practice.
Any Group purchases we make reflect our desire to protect and improve the environment. This includes a thorough assessment of the provenance of any purchases, including the way products are used, manufactured, transported, and disposed of.
We will, where possible, adhere to the Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO) which is designed to challenge not only the effectiveness of the item we are using, but also its source, style and type of manufacture. The main focus of such procurement is our central purchasing function and its network of supply chain partners. We are working with them to ensure they embrace the same principles as ourselves and clients in procuring for renewable or sustainable resources.
In addition to this, where we can have input into specifications, we focus on whole life costing; for example, the use of low energy light bulbs or higher specification products which - although more expensive to purchase initially - need less frequent replacement, therefore offering both better value for money and less wastage in the longer term.