Our environmental commitment

Recognising our responsibility for the immediate and long-term impacts our activities may have on the environment.

We are independently certified by BSI to ISO 14001 in Environmental Management - the world’s most recognised environmental management system. This certification requires a continual business cycle of planning, implementing and reviewing in order to meet our environmental obligations, targets and objectives.

We have Environmental Specialists throughout the business who help to facilitate effective communications in relation to our environmental objectives which are set each year. Working towards our objectives is very much a collective effort and everybody is aware of their own responsibilities in helping to achieve them.

Sustainable procurement is also an important factor for us. This means making sure that the products and services we purchase are as sustainable as possible - with a low environmental impact in order to maintain a positive social impact. For example, 50% of the paper we purchase is from a renewable source.

Carbon Neutrality

We are proud to be certified as a CarbonZero company for the next 12 months, through CO2balance's Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard carbon offset projects.

Environmental projects

Below are examples of some of the environmental projects we have implemented at WPA.

Electric car charging points

Electric car charging points

Vehicles that run on electricity emit no direct emissions and are therefore much kinder to the environment. We have several electric car charging points for use by our staff and visitors. A large percentage of our company cars are hybrid, aiding WPA’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 1% per year.

Bike to Work Scheme

Bike to Work Scheme

We encourage staff who live locally to cycle to work where possible, so we have a cycle to work scheme in place to help them to purchase a bike and pay for it in instalments. This forms part of our project to reduce CO2 emissions by 1% per year.

Planting a wild meadow

Planting a wild meadow

We are very fortunate with the location of our offices in that we have a good amount of outside space. We are utilising a section of the space to plant a wild meadow which we hope will provide shelter and food for important pollinators, including bees which are in decline in the UK. Wild meadows have the potential for a net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Reduced mowing, fertilisation, pesticide and herbicide treatments of wildflower areas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution associated with these practices.

Energy efficient lighting at Rivergate

Energy efficient lighting at Rivergate

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.

Recycling throughout the business

Recycling throughout the business

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.

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management

A responsible business ensures the health and wellbeing of its people; provides quality-assured, legally-compliant products and services; and controls its impact on the environment, minimising energy consumption and carbon emissions while managing waste.

We are proud of our Environmental Management standard, which is one of the highest benchmarks in environmental management and best practice.

ISO logos demonstrating WPA's four accreditations

Environmental objectives for 2021

  • Maintain energy consumption of electricity to no more than the average of the previous two years.
  • Reduce the usage of paper and waste production by 1% each year.
  • 50% of paper purchase will be from a renewable source.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from electricity and pool cars by 1% per year.

Some of our recent achievements

Five and a half tonnes of paper documents were recycled in 2020, which equates to saving around 93 trees.

We’ve donated £4,467 to the Woodland Trust through our staff Car Parking permit scheme.

We’re reducing the amount of single use plastic across our business.

We’ve introduced plant-based, compostable Vegware cups in our offices.

We donated over £4,000 to the Woodland Trust through WPA Health sign ups, further promoting the use of emails.