Valleys to Coast has proved again its continued commitment to becoming a more sustainable business with the achievement of the Green Dragon Environmental standard at level 3 for the second year running.
The Green Dragon Environmental Standard is awarded to organisations that can demonstrate effective environmental management and that are taking action to understand, monitor and control their impacts on the environment.
During the last year, Valleys to Coast has ensured that 91% of all materials that have come off-site from repairs and maintenance have been saved from landfill and been recycled and in total the organisation has recycled 538 tonnes of waste. This along with a reduction in carbon emissions has led to retaining the standard.
Speaking about the Green Dragon accreditation, Valleys to Coast Health and Safety Officer, Joshua Preece said:
“We are very pleased to have retained the level 3 standard in what has been a tough year with the pandemic. Going forward we want to look at new ways that we can decrease our carbon emissions as a business, both within offices and home-working environments and, of course, our customers' homes.
Plans for the organisation to improve their year-on-year improvement include looking at the positive impact on carbon emissions resulting from home working, introducing more energy efficient lighting at properties, better planning of tradesperson travel and looking at ways to improve energy efficiency of older buildings and homes.
Talking about future plans to improve the businesses’ environmental impact, Darrin Davies, Director of Development & Asset Investment, added: “This year has forced us to think differently as a business. We now want to make the most of this shift and we will start by asking staff to share their ideas with us for reducing our carbon footprint. Hopefully we will continue to improve and work our way towards the next level and become an even more sustainable business.”
You can find out more about the Green Dragon Environmental Standard by visiting the Green Business Centre website.