We are proud to be certifiied as a CarbonZero company for the next 12 months, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are local to us, you’ll probably have noticed our wind turbine (viewable from the M5 motorway). Wind is a renewable energy source. Overall, using wind to produce energy has fewer effects on the environment than many other energy sources. Wind turbines may also reduce the amount of electricity generation from fossil fuels, which results in lower total air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.
Four tonnes of paper documents were recycled in 2019, which equates to saving around 70 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.