The UK Green Building Council has published its second formal internal sustainability report, for the financial year 2013-14.
The report represents the first time the organisation has revisited the objectives set out in its first report, and an assessment of how successful or otherwise it has been in meeting these objectives.
Key highlights include:
- installing a smart meter for the office’s mains power and lighting, resulting in a 37 per cent reduction in year-on-year office energy use
- lobbying its landlord to introduce food recycling facilities across The Building Centre, recycling 4,350kg of biodegradable waste
- opening accounts with several of the most highly rated providers of ethical/sustainable banking, with around 50 per cent of the organisation’s money now deposited with these institutions
- running a staff behaviour change session for the entire team to encourage more sustainable working practices.
Writing in his foreword, UK-GBC Chief Executive Paul King said: “I’m pleased with the progress that we’ve made on a number of fronts and I now feel that as a small committed office we’re functioning in a highly sustainable way, given some of the constraints we face. We are reducing waste, energy use and resource use, setting baselines and amending practices to reduce our impact.
“But of course there’s more we can do, particularly with regards to social aspects of our sustainability as a team and small organisation.”
UK-GBC has also set targets for the current financial year and will focus on making its office environment a more productive, healthier and happy place to work.