Positive change starts with us.
This is how we practise what we preach.
What are we doing to become more sustainable?
Carbon neutral in 2022
This means that we will purchase “high quality” offsets to cover our current emissions. This will be as compensation until we can meet net zero through clean energy and demand reduction measures.
We are setting our own Science-Based Target (in-line with SBTi) in 2022. We will look to further establish our net zero target with a clear pathway on how this will be achieved and by what date (before the UK’s 2050 target).
Solar powered, on and offsite
We have already electrified our own office’s energy usage for heating/cooling; no natural gas is delivered or used at site at all. We already purchase green only electricity for our office, and to gain greater additionality for net zero we are exploring options for onsite solar generation and battery storage.
The Sunday Times 2020
- Became powered by renewable energy
- Gained Love My Beach certification (and helped with a few beach clean ups)
- Our Plastic Planet Promise Policy
- Our Environment-first Purchasing Policy
- Multi-point, multi-type, recycling across all areas, and the removal of individual waste bins
- Large card recycling program
- Installed a range of internal doors to reduce heat waste and improve air circulation and cleaning
- Commenced the upgrade of our HQ sanitation systems to reduce water such as installation of waterless urinals across the site
- Physical marketing activity to be reusable, recyclable, biodegradable or rethought
- Changed printers, and management technology, to dramatically reduce printing on-site
- All lighting changed to LED systems
- Introduced our electric vehicle (EV) payment scheme
- Overhauled our cycle to work scheme to cover all budgets, and allow for electric bikes
- Updated a range of environmental, social and governance policies to align with BCorp
- Changed the way our volunteer system works so the team can have more flexibility in donating their time to local charities
- Removed single-use plastic bottles, cups, and materials from everyday supply
- Promoting a digital-first (where appropriate) meeting approach to reduce unnecessary road-miles.
- Provided a range of internal, and external, educational materials to for national campaigns including Global Recycling Day, Earth Day, Earth Overshoot Day and Water Saving Week
- Revolutionised our stationery provisions, from digital-first invoicing to eliminating printed business cards
- Digitised our expenses system
- We’re supporting grassroots local sports, by providing football kit to various junior mixed, male and female age groups in St.Annes F.C. sponsored as BiU (as the sponsorship started pre-Sustainable Energy First) and Project Net Zero
Our HQ hosts a food bank box for staff to donate goods which we regularly donate to Fylde Food Bank. Over the years through donations, and fundraising efforts, the team are proud to have raised, or donated, the equivalent of 500 meals.
Recognised in 2020 by WWF Australia as a Partner in Conservation for our work supporting and fundraising over $5,000 in response to the Australian bushfires. A fundraising effort that saw our local commerce and service community come together to make a collective difference.
Although we didn’t know it at the time, an annual tradition was born.
- 2019 10 oak trees in the National Forest
- 2020 10 lime trees in the National Forest
- 2021 10 wild cherry trees in the National Forest, and 10,000 bee friendly wildflowers sewn across the UK
- 2022 25 alder trees through Future Forest Co
Alongside our own initiatives, our suppliers have also planted trees through certified schemes for a range of projects they’ve enabled for us – this has seen an additional 200 trees planted in the UK and Europe, just through two suppliers alone.
The standards help us, year-on-year, to maintain and improve our environmental performance and responsibilities.
We’ve already made significant changes to our governance since 2020 to enable better ESG impact internally and externally, and BCorp program allows us to use a measurable benchmark to be a better business.
Recognised by leading organisations for our ESG impact as well as our provision of free resources for the energy and carbon industry