Investors in the Environment is a national accreditation scheme designed to help organisations reduce their Carbon Footprint and therefore their impact on the wider community. As a result, businesses are also able to reduce their own risk through lowering their reliance on key raw materials such as oil and gas. Businesses also save money on costs and can attract customers with a strong sense of social impact.
To achieve the Green Award, businesses must have an environmental policy that commits to legal compliance and has identified the areas of environmental impact. Alongside this they assign responsibility for environmental action to a key member of staff – known as the Green Champion.
They then have to measure at least 6 resources on a monthly basis, including Gas, Electricity, Water and then other resources such as paper, waste, and business travel. Once this is established, they complete a carbon footprint analysis and are expected to set annual reduction targets of at least 2% along with SMART action plans to help them meet their targets.
Employee engagement is a key part of the accreditation as it is far easier to achieve the goals set if everyone is working towards them. We ask our members to take part in activities such as zero waste week, green week, and committing to a paperless office. There is also the opportunity to get involved with external activities such as litter picks and volunteering at local nature reserves. They are expected to keep them informed of the impact the joint efforts are having on the overall carbon footprint.
Around 30 people came along to share the success of local businesses who are working to reduce their environmental impact each year.
Introductions were made by Ella McManus, Business Advisor for the Investors in the Environment Central region, before Wendy Baird gave a presentation about Eco Cuppa, the fantastic initiative she is promoting to reduce the use of throw away cups in the U.K. Members were also given a cup to take home with them to help in their pledge to reduce waste.
The awards were then given to the businesses that had achieved the criteria set.
Next, we heard from Chris Beattie, Director of WEGO – a clean logistics firm in Nottingham. We heard about his vision for a cleaner delivery process in the city centre. His plan is to consolidate all deliveries on route to the city into one electric vehicle and then use cycles to complete multi-drop deliveries. This would help to reduce congestion and pollution.
Finally, businesses were awarded with exemplary certificates. Various categories included overall achiever, green champion and great green star. These are awards are given to businesses that have gone above the set criteria and have exceeded the expectations of the Investors in the Environment standard.
There was a nice informal atmosphere at the Riverside Gallery event and it was great to see like-minded businesses networking and discussing future projects that will benefit everyone. We look forward to recognising even greater achievements next year.
Who Are iiE?
Investors in the Environment (iiE) are a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme which has been designed to help businesses save money and positively impact the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their negative environmental footprint.
They provide all the help, support, promotion and networking needed to make your business greener whilst ensuring that you receive recognition for their green initiatives.
The iiE accreditation scheme has been created to help offer proof that a business has implemented an effective environmental management plan with the goal of reducing their environmental impact.
The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows businesses to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement.
To help recognise and reward businesses for their efforts towards becoming more environmentally friendly, the iiE have created 3 different awards:
The ‘Green Award’ is the highest achievable level within the iiE and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this standard for the third consecutive year.
As part of our Investors in the Environment accreditation process we have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 250m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to reduce our business carbon footprint.
The Accreditation Process
As part of the accreditation process, the iiE completed an onsite audit whilst requiring us to demonstrate an energy efficiency increase of 2% (minimum) over an agreed baseline.
How Did We Achieve This?
We worked tirelessly towards our green credentials for a number of months with activities ranging from implementing a sustainable procurement policy to eco-driver training and travel planning. Everything that was implemented led to an overall reduction in carbon emissions of 13.51%.
After significant work, we were delighted when we were informed that we had reached the required level and we now plan to mitigate our remaining carbon footprint for the last financial year.
What Does This Mean?
Becoming a member of Investors in the Environment has provided us with a great framework for making environmental improvements, leading to cost savings, as well as offering a great platform for networking and sharing knowledge.
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Going green isn’t just popular because of the new emphasis on environmentalism and clean energy to fight climate change, there are also a variety of other reasons why choosing the ‘green’ option for your building should not be overlooked.
While property improvements such as solar panels and spray foam insulation have received a lot of attention, other great options like special window film haven’t received the attention they deserve.
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Looking at the Benefits of Window Film
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- Window film is easy to buy and easy to install
A Long Term Investment
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