Since 2020, we have proudly attained Carbon Neutrality and are committed to maximising our sustainability efforts. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 and ultimately achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. We also actively support several projects in our community. While we acknowledge that there is still a considerable distance to cover, we are delighted to share the progress we have made so far.
We constantly improve our office to reduce our carbon footprint. This includes installing energy-efficient windows and doors, replacing traditional lightbulbs with low-energy LEDs, and adding thermostatic valves to the radiators for better temperature control.
We've also invested in temperature monitoring equipment too. It records the office temperature throughout the day, 365 days of the year and by analysing the data, we’ve been able to optimise our heating usage. Cloud-based technology has been adopted to replace outdated servers and we ensure equipment is switched off when not in use.
In collaboration with other business owners, we plan to install EV charging bays for our employees and the public. Our commitment to these eco-friendly enhancements creates a greener and more sustainable working environment.
In order to support our UK customers, we have strategically positioned our sales and engineering teams across the UK.
To minimise travel time and increase efficiency, only employees who reside relatively close to the office commute, typically now for 2 or 3 days per week. Additionally, we have reduced business travel by conducting more customer meetings through TEAMS.
Two members of our team choose to commute by bus, while two others prefer using their motorbikes for half of the year. Furthermore, one of our team members drives a hybrid car, further contributing to our environmentally-friendly practices.
In our commitment to reducing paper usage, we have embraced digital advancements. We send PDF proposals via email, eliminating the need for paper quotes. Contracts are signed and shared digitally, eliminating cumbersome printing and filing. We have transitioned to digital payslips and electronic expense management, eliminating the need for paper records.
Our dedicated stores team repurposes boxes for packaging, reducing the use of new materials. We have recycle bins in place for staff and other business units to responsible dispose of recyclable materials. All electronic equipment is recycled appropriately under under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.
By embracing digital solutions and sustainable practices, we make a positive impact on the environment while providing efficient services to our customers.
Our Managing Director, Klaus Allion, actively collaborates with Buckinghamshire Business First and local secondary schools to equip children with the necessary skills for the professional world (see article). He enthusiastically participates in various community events and lends his support to initiatives such as teacher encounters, inspiring other business leaders to join in the effort.