Growing green: our environmental efforts develop fresh shoots
Posted 14 Apr 2017
Here we take a look at our journey to a greener future and review some of the ways we are working to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
It’s a case of small things adding up to something big. Measures to reduce our waste and energy consumption are combining to deliver some impressive outcomes.
Last year, 90 halogen globes in our Head Office were replaced with longer-lasting and energy-efficient LEDs that use less than 12% of the energy previously required. This simple move means our carbon footprint is now smaller.
Meanwhile, staff across the organisation are embracing ‘green’ new ways of doing things. One initiative is to move to paperless communication wherever possible.
For example, paper payslips and manual timesheets are now a thing of the past. AHCS clients are also backing our green efforts, with many taking the opportunity to receive future client newsletters via email.
Back in the office, we are continuing our drive to manage our waste and recycling, with bins dedicated to paper recycling, general recycling and general waste.
Just as importantly though, we have reduced the volume of recycling we generate, following the introduction of ‘follow me’ printing. Data reveals that, in one 12-month period, we saved nearly 38,000 sheets of paper, three and a half trees, 5,000 litres of water and reduced our carbon footprint by 1.5 tonnes of CO2.
Moves to a greener future are also afoot within our sister company, Nationwide Health & Aged Care Services. Nationwide’s patented microfibre cleaning system eliminates the need for some chemicals altogether and reduces the volume of water and other chemicals substantially. Nationwide is also well along the path to replacing paper processes with online tools, which will also be a win for Nationwide’s clients.