We are delighted to have been awarded the Investors in the Environment (iiE) Green Award for the third year running for our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and for continuous ongoing improvements.
What is iiE?
Investors in the Environment (iiE) is a national environmental accreditation scheme. It has been designed to help organisations save time and money, reduce their impact on the environment, and get promoted for their green credentials.
They provide all the help, support, and networking needed to make organisations greener and ensure you get recognition for your eco initiatives. Members’ achievements are highlighted at events, and promoted through e-newsletters and as online articles and case studies.
Upon successful implementation of the iiE criteria, members are awarded with the recognised stamp of certification.
The iiE scheme is unique because organisations must achieve a minimum 2% improvement in resource efficiency over an agreed baseline figure, to secure green accreditation. Other criteria include having a recycling system in place, adopting a travel plan, calculating your organisational carbon footprint and setting targets for carbon reduction.
The iiE accreditation scheme has been created to help offer proof that a business has implemented an effective environmental management plan with the goal of reducing their environmental impact.
The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows businesses to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement.
To help recognise and reward businesses for their efforts towards becoming more environmentally friendly, the iiE have created 3 different awards:
The ‘Green Award’ is the highest achievable level within the iiE and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this standard for the third consecutive year.
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Working Closely with the Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust are the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. With over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites, covering over 26,000 hectares, all over the UK, they protect and campaign on behalf of this country’s woods, plant trees, and restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.
Their vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife.
As part of our Investors in the Environment accreditation process we have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 250m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to reduce our business carbon footprint.
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The Accreditation Process
As part of the accreditation process, the iiE completed an onsite audit whilst requiring us to demonstrate an energy efficiency increase of 2% (minimum) over an agreed baseline.
How Did We Achieve This?
We worked tirelessly towards our green credentials for a number of months with activities ranging from implementing a sustainable procurement policy to eco-driver training and travel planning. Everything that was implemented led to an overall reduction in carbon emissions of 13.51%.
After significant work, we were delighted when we were informed that we had reached the required level and we now plan to mitigate our remaining carbon footprint for the last financial year.
What Does This Mean?
Becoming a member of Investors in the Environment has provided us with a great framework for making environmental improvements, leading to cost savings, as well as offering a great platform for networking and sharing knowledge.
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