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In 2018 GVA set out to improve on last year’s environmental performance. Energy consumption continues to be our biggest environmental impact and we are taking steps to reduce our associated carbon footprint. We decided to target the following environmental objectives; insure that any new or refurbished offices would deliver increased wellbeing for staff and lowered our carbon footprint.
A Sustainability Champions Network was set up to disseminate best practice and market leading ideas able to assist our clients and staff. We continued to purchase renewable electricity contracts and mitigated any remaining carbon by planting trees.
The following GVA offices are being 100% supplied with electricity by Smartest Energy, the leading purchaser and supplier of renewable energy:
In 2018 we set out to harness the enthusiasm of GVA staff for sustainability through an online user group and knowledge share platform. This group grew rapidly to over 100 staff UK wide, sharing best practice and sustainability tips aimed at benefiting our staff and clients.
We continue to partner the Woodland Trust’s Woodland Carbon Scheme helping companies reduce their carbon footprint by locking up carbon emissions through planting trees. As a partner, we are involved in a credible carbon removal scheme operating under the government’s Woodland Carbon Code.
Reduce and offset our operational CO2 emissions
Reduce the environmental impact of our supply chain
Purchase 100% renewable electricity where we control the energy contract (and there is a renewable electricity tariff available)
Set environmental procurement criteria and engage with our supply chain
Specify environmental fit-out criteria, including a minimum rating of Ska Silver on all fit-outs
Continue to run an environmental management system certified to ISO 14001
Enable our colleagues to operate in a way that minimises their environmental impact through education and changing processes
Offset the CO2 from our office energy use and car travel via the Woodland Carbon Scheme
Continue to improve the accuracy of our data and reporting
UN SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
UN SDG 15: Life on Land
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
We are proud to be purchasing electricity from the only supplier in the UK who offers certificate backed 100% renewable electricity Smartest Energy. As a result we are able to report zero carbon emissions for the electricity we purchase in accordance with the GHG protocol, demonstrating our commitment to tackling climate change.
We have been working together to mitigate every kg of CO2 from the energy used in our offices through planting new trees. Through our support, the Woodland Trust projects that increase bio-diversity and help the UK landscape adapt to climate change.
GVA continues to collect, monitor and report its carbon and energy usage. GVA’s carbon footprint is measured on the basis of the Defra Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol.
Carbon (tonnes, UK wide):
Energy (kWh, UK wide):
Karl Mitchell, Director of Fundraising at the Woodland Trust