We are committed to minimising the impact of our operation and services on the environment. We achieve this by complying with the standards laid down in ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.

ISO 14001 is the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and is designed to reduce and control the impact of commercial organisations on the environment, in addition to ensuring legal compliance. ISO 50001 is modelled after the ISO 14001, and is the international standard for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. We have successfully achieved both ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 international accreditations.

Our policy is to do all that is reasonably practicable to:

  • Reduce the level of energy consumption including electricity, gas and other fossil fuels.
  • Consider energy performance in long term planning through our Energy Management System.
  • Reduce the consumption of consumables, recycle equipment, waste products and redundant items.
  • Reduce travel and, where reasonably practicable, seek to be a carbon neutral organisation.
  • Use, store, control and dispose of hazardous materials in line with best environmental practices.
  • Purchase items manufactured or produced from sustainable sources and organisations who demonstrate a positive commitment to energy efficiency.
  • Not dispose of any waste through landfill sites but diverted for incineration to produce energy.

In particular, it is our policy where we exercise control to:

  • Continually strive to improve the firm's environmental performance and energy management by setting targets and objectives and measuring the progress via formal audits.
  • Obtain services, equipment and energy from providers who are committed to environmental protection.
  • Aim to prevent or reduce pollution and actively pursue reduction in the use of substances and processes that adversely affect the environment.
  • Monitor our travel carbon emissions and investigate opportunities for carbon offsetting with a view to moving towards a carbon neutral status.
  • Make our Policy available to the public at our office and on our web site.
  • Consult with employees on any matter that may affect them related to environmental control.
  • Carry out an annual review and update of our policy and other environmental systems employed by the firm.

Additionally, people working for or on behalf of us are expected to participate in the firm's environmental programmes by co-operating in the operation of our Policy and by making a positive contribution to environmental management and energy conservation.

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