A JOURNEY TOWARDS ZERO EMISSIONS IN OUR OWN OPERATIONS
A journey towards zero emissions in our own operations
Every business has a responsibility to minimise the impacts it has on the environment. Many businesses have come a long way in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving environmental sustainability targets. Glad Group is no exception.
Glad Group is committed to conducting business operations in an environmentally responsible, sustainable and restorative manner for the protection of the environment. As a key plank of our broader sustainability strategy, “A Force for Good”, we know that we need to take mindful ongoing action to reduce any environmental impacts as a result of our own operations. To become carbon neutral, we will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our business, for example from fuel consumed, electricity use and travel. We will reduce these emissions as much as possible by investing in new technology or changing the way we operate. Our goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, and we are well on our way…
So, how are we working towards being environmentally sustainable in our own operations?
Glad Group has undertaken an environmental impact assessment of our business to understand where our significant environmental impacts occur. This enables us to focus attention on managing the most material impacts. We monitor and assess risks arising from the impacts of climate change and take these into account in business decisions. This approach is supported by clear policies and procedures to help our business rigorously assess the environmental impact of its activities on a continuous basis. It also ensures we are taking action to reduce these impacts. For example, our Environmental Policy articulates our commitment, while our Environmental Management System ensures that we take a systemic approach both within our own operations but also at our clients’ sites.
Below are a few things we are doing.
TRAINING AND ENGAGING OUR PEOPLE
We will not achieve our carbon neutral goal without the buy-in and commitment of our people. Through communications and training, we ask our people to be part of this journey and look for ways to reduce environmental impacts in everything that they do. We regularly track and report on our footprint to ensure that we achieve intended outcomes in our activities.
SUSTAINABLE FLEET PRACTICES
One of Glad Group’s most material emissions sources relates to the consumption of fuel from our tool of trade fleet. We’re committed to a more sustainable approach in the management of our fleet, including transitioning to hybrid and electric vehicles.
Glad Group has adopted a ‘best practice’ approach to waste management within our own buildings; in setting targets and goals; understanding our waste streams, and developing a plan to address and minimise waste with clear roles and responsibilities defined. We also play a key role in helping our clients achieve their waste objectives, and help them understand their waste streams, contamination points and engagement with tenants and retailers.
INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
A material contributor to our footprint is the consumption of electricity at our head office in Rockdale. Our commitment to reducing our environmental impact has led to the installation of a 100Kw solar array comprising 276 individual solar panels on the roof of the building. As a result, we’ve managed to significantly reduce our consumption of electricity from the grid. This has significantly reduced our carbon footprint. Electricity generated by the panels almost covering the full electricity demand of the building.
Glad Group will continue to identify ways to minimise its impact on the environment. Through a number of policies, procedures, procurement, and conscious action, our organisation works determinedly to reach our sustainability targets one green initiative at a time.