World Environment Day urges us to all protect our natural surroundings and environments. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the earth.
Glad Group is committed to conducting business operations in an environmentally responsible, sustainable, and restorative manner for the protection of the environment. Our sustainability approach is to be “A Force for Good”, and this actively supports a better planet which focuses on green solutions, emission reductions and waste management. We recognise the need to take ongoing action to reduce the environmental impacts because of our own operations; as a result, our goal is to achieve carbon neutrality, inline with Climate Active, by 2025.
How are we working towards being environmentally sustainable in our own operations?
Led by our dedicated National Sustainability Manager Nina Collinson, Glad Group has undertaken an environmental impact assessment of our business to understand where our most significant impacts on the environment occur. This enables us to focus attention on managing the most material impacts. We also continue to monitor and assess risks and opportunities arising from the impact of climate change and take these into account in business decisions.
This approach is supported by clear policies and procedures to help our business carefully assess on a regular basis the environmental impact of its activities and ensure we are taking action to reduce these impacts.
Here are a few things we are working on
Establishing our carbon footprint
Environmental sustainability forms a part of how Glad Group manages its business, with performance reviewed and targets set to improve our performance each year. We have recently completed the development of our FY21 carbon footprint for our operations to ensure that we can actively monitor and importantly reduce these emissions and our impact on environment. Whilst our emissions profile is relatively small given that the majority of our workforce is at customer sites, we remain committed to managing all of these impacts and helping our customers to manage and reduce the environmental impacts of their assets and operations as well.
For example, we have identified a material contributor to our footprint through 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 have significantly reduced our consumption of electricity from the grid and reduced our carbon footprint. Regardless of the absolute size of our emissions, Glad Group is committed to reducing its direct environmental impact and has a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2025.
We also take very seriously our responsibility to manage and mitigate environmental risks associated with cleaning processes. We adopt a continuous improvement approach and are integrating lower risk products and practices, and those that are better for the environment, into the way we provide our services
Waste management best practice
Glad Group is adopting a best practice approach to waste management within our own buildings, setting targets and goals, understanding where and why we generate waste, and developing a plan to address and minimise waste to landfill with clear roles and responsibilities defined. We also support our clients to achieve their waste objectives, and help them understand their waste streams, contamination points and support engagement with tenants and retailers.
Glad Group continues to identify ways to minimise its impact on the environment. Through policies, procedures, procurement practices, and conscious action, our organisation works diligently to reduce its carbon footprint and reach our sustainable targets one green initiative at a time. World Environment Day 2022 will be celebrated by millions of people across the world, both online and through in-person events. Will you be a part of the #OnlyOneEarth campaign this year?