Culture and Wellbeing
Governance and Ethics
Sustainability in Services
Community and Charity
Energy consumption and its associated carbon emissions are our biggest environmental impact and for many years we have taken big steps to reduce this. In 2017 our strategy to address this impact has involved three clear steps.
Firstly we have driven down carbon emissions generated from our occupied estate, secondly we have purchased renewable electricity contracts and finally we have mitigated our remaining carbon by planting new trees.
The following GVA offices are being 100% supplied with electricity by Smartest Energy, the leading purchaser and supplier of renewable energy:
We replaced our everyday office paper with “carbon captured” paper. Every sheet of this paper supports Woodland Trust projects that increase bio-diversity and help the UK landscape adapt to climate change.
In 2017 we set out to define the required standard that all new GVA offices must attain when going through the process of refurbishment or fitout. The purpose of this new policy is to ensure GVA’s corporate responsibility strategy threads through any acquisition, fit out and occupation of new office space.
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