When planning, undertaking and delivering our work, how best to protect the natural environment and help sustain it for the future is always a key consideration for Sureserve. We believe that every business should carefully manage and measure its impacts, and doing so is a key part of our own Group strategy.

As part of this, we continuously monitor potential impacts, promote awareness and do everything we can to reduce risks. Our Environmental Management System, underpinned by ISO 14001 accreditation, ensures that we go further than simply meeting legal requirements. We aspire to set an example of best practice to our wider industry. We communicate this to all employees, ensuring that our commitments in this area inform and influence their everyday work.

As part of this, we measure all environmental risks and opportunities across the Group, all backed up by training, awareness and support. As a result, we understand the importance of conserving wildlife, protecting plants and trees and minimising the levels of pollution that our activities release into the environment.

The key environmental areas on which we focus are energy efficiency, carbon management and waste diversion. We monitor and analyse all these aspects, setting targets to ensure continuous improvement.

Waste management

In the waste management area, we strive to ensure that at least 90% of waste is diverted from landfill. We achieve this by partnering with highly regarded waste-disposal companies that are committed to recycling and other acceptable forms of waste reduction.

Energy and carbon management

Achieving a substantial reduction in our use of energy is one of our core priorities as we strive to reduce our carbon footprint, both at a local level within each business unit and across the Group as a whole.

We hold the ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems. We apply its guidance across the Group, not only to ensure we comply with all legal and other requirements but also to help us continually develop and improve our performance.

We monitor energy consumption at all our offices, and use a fuel card system to do so for all our company vehicles. By analysing the data we collect in this way, we use it to set stretching but realistic annual reduction targets. We report Group consumption to the PLC Board each month and create annual energy reviews and baseline reports to identify and highlight annual performance and improvement opportunities.

Analysis demonstrates that during 2018 we reduced our carbon emissions by 1,175 tonnes over the previous year (2018: 11,107 tonnes of CO2E; 2017: 12,282 tonnes of CO2E). This is predominantly due to several improvements to our fleet, which accounts for roughly 70% of our energy consumption. Improvements include the fact that all new vehicles are fitted with start/stop technology to reduce idling. We are also replacing our current fleet with the most up-to-date and efficient vehicles with 49% of our current fleet now Euro 6 and 50% Euro 5 along with improved driver analysis and fleet tracker systems.

We measure environmental risks and opportunities across the Group, backed up by training, awareness and support.