Sustainability and our impact on the planet
Our understanding of the impact we are having on our planet is increasing, both in terms of how climate risk is already impacting our natural world and the economic systems that finance our business model.
Our industry by its very nature is a significant user of natural resources but with ever growing concerns over climate change and the finite nature of these resources, there is a growing acceptance that what we have collectively achieved so far, simply isn’t enough. We are all responsible for protecting our planet and as an organisation we take this responsibility very seriously.
Our Sustainability Strategy including a plan for carbon reduction sets out our goals and aspirations for 2030, including a number of key performance indicators and targets for the Group. Our strategy includes three headline targets, which are:
- Reduce avoidable waste to zero by 2030
- Reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030
- Eliminate single-use plastic from our supply chain by 2030
The implementation of our strategy is led by our “Sustainability Task Force” (STF) and coordinated by our central Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Team. The STF has executive sponsorship from our Board and Executive Committee, with ultimate responsibility and sponsorship from our CEO and Chairman. All key business functions including divisional Managing Directors and procurement are involved and represented in the STF.
To ensure that we deliver on our commitments we have also developed a Group Sustainability Action Plan. This is used to drive progress against our strategy and is jointly monitored and reviewed by the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Team and the STF.
Our strategy focuses on low / zero carbon solutions which also support the carbon reduction ambitions of many of our customers. United Living Group has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions resulting from our scope 1 and 2 activities and whilst our ambition is to reduce our carbon, we are taking the opportunity to redress our impact through a blended approach involving carbon offsetting. This aims to lessen some of the impact from our unavoidable emissions in the shorter-term, whilst we seek alternative solutions.
To further our strategy, we are conducting energy audits to identify potential energy saving opportunities to ensure continued decarbonisation. These audits are used to inform decision making and allow us to develop action plans and strategies to further reduce our carbon footprint. Our organisation is also compliant with the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive (EU EED) which is implemented in the UK as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
From the material resources we consume and the waste we generate, we are firmly committed to taking bold action. Our strategy aims to significantly reduce our impact from waste, including the elimination of single-use plastic. Whilst we endeavour to minimise waste resulting from our operations as much as possible, we also seek opportunities for good outcomes from the waste that we do produce. Beyond providing benefits to customers, the environment and society, our ambition to reduce our waste also aims to drive improved resource and operational efficiency across the Group.
All our operations are ISO 14001 certified and through a combination of high standards, policy commitments and our Group Sustainability Strategy, we are confident in our ability to act responsibility to protect the natural environment, both on our temporary sites and fixed office premises.
We are proud to be successfully managing our environmental impact but more than that, we are actively encouraging our supply chain, our customers and our people to think carefully about their own. Through new technology and innovative solutions, we are now pushing new boundaries when it comes to embedding sustainability in our everyday operations.