As a digital transformation company, we are experts in working with our clients to implement operating models and innovative technologies that maximise the benefits of remote working to deliver positive operational, socio-economic, and environmental impacts. This is something we implement within our own operating model.
Although our carbon footprint is already relatively low, we’re committed to delivering continued improvements in our operating practices, both within the UK and overseas, to reduce our negative environmental impact even further. The Government have set a target date of 2050 for organisations to achieve a Net Zero Carbon Footprint. At Issured, we do not intend to wait until then and this plan sets out what we will do in order to achieve our own goal of a Net Zero Carbon Footprint by 2030, thus contributing to the wider global effort to combat climate change.
About our plan
In developing this plan, we have considered where we, as an organisation, produce our emissions, what creates most of our emissions, and where
we can therefore prioritise change to make the biggest possible impact
to reduce these.
What we have already implemented
Over the past 18 months, we have implemented changes to our working practices that have reduced our carbon footprint. These changes are summarised as follows:
Moved to newer, more energy efficient premises with reduced floor space, reflecting our move to remote working and commitment to the environment.
Provided all Issured staff with the necessary IT equipment for remote working. This has significantly reduced staff attendance at the Issured offices. (Reduced from an average of 2 – 3 times weekly to 3 – 4 times per month).
Introduced a policy of only printing when strictly necessary. This has reduced the amount paper and orders for paper in the office.
Reduced Overseas Travel
Reduced overseas travel to only that which is absolutely necessary and cannot be carried out by remote means, through our own innovative secure technology. Any overseas travel must be approved by the Operations Board, where environmental impact forms part of the overall risk assessment.
Moved all our corporate IT to Cloud-Based services, removing our on-premises servers, delivering energy costs and reducing the amount of office space required.
Developed and implemented our own secure video/interview capability, Mea: Connexus, where engagements with clients on sensitive issues can be conducted with confidence. This has reduced the requirement for travel both within the UK and overseas.
Deliveries from suppliers are managed, monitored, and coordinated to reduce the frequency of deliveries and reduce the associated carbon footprint.
Strict re-cycling policy of all waste materials where possible.
Recycling & Donating
Re-cycling of legacy IT equipment. For example, donation of laptops to Schools.
All staff are encouraged to utilise public transport for unavoidable travel, with the use of private transport only used if necessary and pre-authorised.
In producing this plan, we’ve considered where we can improve our carbon emissions through assessing our:
Direct gas emissions from sources/assets
controlled by Issured.
Indirect gas emissions associated with
our energy use.
Other emissions associated with the
conduct of our business.
Financial year 20/21 showed a sharp decrease in our carbon emissions for the office environment. Like many companies during the pandemic, the restrictions at their height had a significant effect on this.
We have now initiated how we can capture the footprint from more home-working, which is something that will be introduced in our updated plan. This explains the increase in the office measurements from FY 20/21 in FY 21/22 when the restrictions were eased.
We are determined not to return to the pre-pandemic ways of working and are committed to continually
reduce our source 1, 2 and 3 carbon footprints. To achieve this, we will:
Work with the building freeholder to agree the supply of electricity from 100% renewable sources to eliminate our source 2 emissions.
Work with our suppliers so that we understand their environmental impact to assess and establish ways to reduce emissions.
Provide health and wellbeing support to all our staff, further supporting remote working.
Continually assess our performance and seek innovative ways to reduce our emissions.
Purchase goods and services from certified sources wherever possible.
Offset our Emissions
Identify ways to offset our emissions.
Identify Home Emissions
Identify how we measure and capture working from home emissions.
The effect of this will see our
year on year carbon emissions
continue to reduce, commencing
in FY 22/23:
Off Setting Our Emissions
We recognise that, as an organisation, it’s inevitable that we will create emissions and to achieve Net Zero, we need to seek ways to ‘pay back’ to the environment. In order to achieve this, we’re working with recognised organisations to purchase carbon offsetting credits and by 2030, we aim to match or exceed our carbon emissions.
This plan and its implementation has the buy in of all Issured staff and has been produced through staff engagement. The plan has been approved by the Issured board of Directors and Senior Leadership team at the Operations Board.
Reflecting our commitment to addressing our environmental impact, measures are in place to ensure our policies and plan are inclusive of
all staff and are supported by robust governance structures.
The environmental manager provides performance updates to the Operations Board on a quarterly basis.
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