National asset engineering firm, Edwin James Group, has committed to achieving zero to landfill and net zero by 2030 with a milestone of a 50 per cent reduction by 2025.
The commitments are detailed in Edwin James Group’s first Environmental, Social and Governance report, which sets out its long-term ambitions for a more sustainable future.
The publication shows that the company is already taking action to reduce its environmental impact including transport energy savings, vehicle tracking systems to help drivers reduce fuel usage and the conversion of the fleet to clean energy. Currently almost a quarter of company-leased cars are electric or hybrid and by the end of 2025 it is aiming for 80 per cent of vans to be electric.
Edwin James Group has also made significant progress in switching to renewable energy usage in its offices. In the past year, it sourced 89 per cent of its offices’ energy requirements from renewable sources and aims to source 100 per cent in 2022.
Christopher Kehoe, Chief Operating Officer, Edwin James Group said: “The pandemic has impacted the world dramatically, including heightened awareness of a changing climate and a shift in ways of working. We’ve used this as a catalyst to look at the areas where we can play our part and make a real difference. This first report sets out our ambitions for ESG that will reinforce our values, strengthen our brand reputation and ensure the sustainability of our business. It’s been gratifying to see that we’ve already made some great strides along the way, but we know there is more to do and this first publication puts some milestones and commitments in place.”
In addition to significant environmental commitments, the report outlines the approach to people and governance including the importance of attracting and retaining talent.
Early in 2021, the group outlined the importance of learning and development to support growth with the launch of its new Academy programme and the largest investment in L&D in its history. Apprentices currently make up 12 per cent of the workforce and the business has committed to increasing this to 15 per cent within the next two years.
FMJ & Advetec are on a mission to help FMs accelerate their NetZero plans – but it’s a process that must first start with lifting the blindfold, challenging the waste supply chain, being accountable and making great user of technology.
On the 26th January at 11am FMJ & Advetec are holding a webinar on how biotechnology can help FMs achieve their sustainability goals and reduce food waste.
FMJ Editor, Sara Bean, will be joined by:
- Dr Stephen Wise, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Advetec
- Rochelle Gee, Head of Property Services, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Ray Parmenter, CChem MRSC, MCIWM, CIWM: Head of Policy and Technical
- Chris Havers, Programme Director Acclaro Advisory & SFMI
Together they will discuss:
- The role of the circular economy in helping cut carbon emissions.
- Challenges and opportunities for FMs in managing waste to meet environment, social and governance (ESG).
- How the latest technology is available to help.
Click here to register.