We are proud to be certified as a CarbonZero company, through CO2balance's Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard carbon offset projects.
Vehicles that run on electricity emit no direct emissions and are therefore much kinder to the environment. We have 6 electric car charging stations for use by our staff and visitors, allowing 12 cars to be charged at any one time. A large percentage of our company cars are hybrid, aiding WPA's commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 1% per year.
We encourage staff who live locally to cycle to work where possible, so we have a Bike to Work scheme in place to help them to purchase a bike and pay for it in instalments. In addition, we regularly offer free bike servicing to all staff to keep them on the road. This forms part of our project to reduce CO2 emissions by 1% per year.
We are very fortunate with the location of our offices in that we have a good amount of outside space. We have utilised a section of the space to plant a wildflower meadow which provides shelter and food for important pollinators, including bees which are in decline in the UK. Wildflower meadows have the potential for a net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Reduced mowing, fertilisation, pesticide and herbicide treatments of wildflower areas lowers greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution associated with these practices.
Offices notoriously have a lot of lighting. We undertook an environmental project to replace all of our lighting throughout the business with energy efficient LEDs. This helped our ongoing commitment to energy consumption - we aim to maintain consumption of electricity to no more than the average of the previous two years, taking into consideration seasonal trends.
This is ongoing and forms a huge part of our commitment to environmental management. As much as possible, we are a paperless office - any paper waste we have is recycled. We have recycling bins throughout the business for plastic bottles and drink cans. Additionally, we recycle confidential paper, cardboard, plastic packaging, company literature, cardboard cups and food waste. Our overall aim is to reduce the use of paper and waste production by 1% each year.
We continue to look at ways to reduce our use of single use plastic throughout the business. Water coolers within our office have had all plastic cups removed, with staff encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles instead. Reusable coffee cups are replacing all single use disposal cups and our on site catering have transitioned their use of plastic food wrapping and packaging to use eco-friendly Vegware range of plant-based, compostable packaging.
We've donated £1,115 to the Woodland Trust through a Trustpilot review incentive scheme, giving a donation of £5 for every review posted. The Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, planting, restoring, protecting and caring for our woods and trees.
Longrun Meadow is a beautiful open space within a 10 minute walk from Taunton town centre. WPA were delighted to support the 'Friends of Longrun Meadow' who help to maintain the open space and look after the wildlife and environment of the meadows.
In addition to a team building beach clean on Exmouth beach, our staff helped us raise £314 for Plastic Free Exmouth, an active group working with Exmouth Council, businesses, schools, and individuals to gain certification for a Plastic Free Community with Surfers Against Sewage.