Policy: Environmental - RCT Education Directorate

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Reviewed 10
th

September 2010



ACT

believes

we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate. We are
fully committed to improving environm
ental performance across all
our business activities, and will encourage
our business partners and members of the wider community to join us in this effort.


ACT

recognises our key impacts to
be in the areas of
:



waste disposal and packaging (including waste reduction)



energy and wat
er use



procurement



transport and travel



raising staff awareness


C
ommitment





Build an environmentally friendly work culture



Adopt the highest environmental standards in all areas of operation, meeting and exceeding all
rel
evant legislative requirements



Assess our
organizational

activities and identify areas

where we can minimise impacts



Minimise waste through careful and efficient u
se of all materials and energy



Purchase sustainable products wherever feasible [e.g. recycled, F
orest
S
tewardship
C
ouncil (F
SC)

or
low environmental impact products and
energy from renewable sources]



Public
ise our environmental position



Educate
employees in good environmental practice and encourage employee invol
vement in
environmental action



Reduce risks from environmental, health or safety hazards for
to all parties

in the vicinity of our
operations.



Adopt an environmentally sound
travel and
transpor
t policy



Continually assess the environmenta
l impact of all our operations


ACT

h
ave

develope
d a series
of
commitments
for each key impact area. These
commitments

set out what
we intend

to achieve
based on
our

objectives and are outlined below:


ACT

will review this policy on an annual basis
.


Environmental Management

ACT

has achieved the Green Dragon Award Level 2 in February 2010 and endeavour to achieve the Green
Dragon Level 3 award by February 2012. All our partners and sub
-
contractors will aim to achieve the Green
Dragon
Level 2
award by 31
st

July 201
2
.

The Quality

Development Director and Purchasing Co
-
ordinator will have overall responsibility for this.

Waste Disposal

and Packaging

ACT

are aware
that the waste they produce has an impact on the environment.
To minimise this impact, staff
at
ACT

follow a series of
guidelines to ensure waste is reduced and disposed of responsibly.




Policy: Environmental


Reviewed 10
th

September 2010


ACT

promise to:



ensure all waste is stored and disposed of appropriately and wherever possible will reduce, reuse or
recycle waste before disposing to landfill.



E
nsure e
ach centre has recycling facilities for paper, cardboard and plastic. It is the responsibility of
the centre managers to ensure that all staff and learners are using these facilities correctly.



E
nsure
staff only prints

where absolutely necessary
.



Encourag
e forms and necessary documents to be completed electronically& stored without printing.



E
ncourage
staff to
participate

in
paperless meetings with the use of laptops instead of handouts
.



The Motor Vehicle Department
endeavour to recycle their oil where
possible to reduce wastage.

Efficient use of Energy and Water

As a resource
-
efficient business, we at
ACT

are demonstrating that we recognise our responsibility towards the
environment. Through using energy more efficiently we will reduce overhead costs and save money.

ACT

promise to
:



reduce

the amount of electricity used by ensuring equipment is switched of
f out of business hours


it
is the responsibility of
all staff to do so and
centre managers to check this before closing the building



s
et targets and regularly monitor and evaluate energy performance levels


the purchasing co
-
ordinator evaluates levels o
n a monthly basis and reports to the Finance Director.



p
urchase energy and water at the most economic prices


the purchasing coordinator will

review this
annually to ensure value for money



a
dopt target temperature levels for offices, workshops and corrido
rs



all centres should set their air
condi
tioning units to 21 degrees



p
roduce a detailed assessment of annual and month
ly en
ergy consumption and costs
which is
reported at Senior Management and Board Meetings



d
evelop a program to promote energy awareness
amongst staff and students by me
ans of information
and training



a
chieve a reduction in energy consumption of 5% over the next 3 years through better management.

Sustainable P
rocurement

Sustainable Procurement is the process of acquiring goods and services
that:



Meet the user’s needs



Deliver long term value for money



Maximise social and economic benefits



Minimise damage to the environment and health


ACT

use a wide range of goods and services. Everything purchased has an impact on the environment and
societ
y from stationary and electrical equipment to social care, vehicles and construction equipment.

Ethical Sourcing

In order to improve
ACT
’s sustainability through procurement
,
when purchasing goods and services special
consideration is taken into account of how things have been made, where they have come from, who made
them and how they will be disposed of. Is the purchase actually necessary or could the same resource be
obtain
ed in a different way? Suppliers are evaluated to ensure corporate social responsibility and ethical
values are apparent within their organisation.

Reviewed 10
th

September 2010


ACT

promise to
:



Ensure employees who engage in purchasing activities are aware of this policy and
communicate it to
suppliers and key stakeholders.



Not focus on just the initial purchase price. Full assessment will be carried out in the quotation and
tender process, evaluating long term value, environmental benefits, quality

etc



Reduce the purchasing

of new products by cutting down on waste and repairing or reusing existing
products.



Purchase whenever practical, materials and substances which are the least harmful to the human
health, environment and future generations.



Look to continually improve our

sustainability purchasing performance through setting and annually
reviewing relevant objectives and targets.

Transport

and Travel

ACT

are aware that transport emissions can form a significant part of their carbon footprint

ACT

are committed
to reducing this

and encouraging ‘green motoring’
.

ACT

promise to
:



Continually monitor the market to keep updated with new vehicles and new technology available.



Ensure that vehicles used and purchased for business purposes have low emis
sions and employees
take into account the need to minimise emissions.



Minimise travel through the introduction of conference ca
lls



Increase the number of
wireless devices
to reduce diary use and the requirement to travel back to the
office



Ensure remote access is available to relevant
staff to enable working from home



Source locally produced products where possible to reduce the carbon footprint



Encourage car sharing where possible



Monitor vehicle leases throughout their contract period to e
nsure best value is maintained



Ensure assessors are planning their visits to minimise fuel consumption

Raising Staff Awareness

ACT

will ensure that they build an environmentally friendly
work culture. Staff will be encourag
ed to contribute
to the developme
nt and review of the policy.

ACT

promise to
:



Educate all staff on the importance of good environmental practice and encourage employee
involvement in environmental action



Include environmental awareness section in staff newsletter



Evaluate staff
performance with regards to upholding the environmental and E
ducation for
S
ustainable
D
evelopment and
G
lobal
C
itizenship

policies at one to ones and in
Performance
D
evelopment
R
eviews



Where appropriate staff to
gain
relevant Environmental Awareness
qualifications



Reports to be submitted at Senior Management Meetings by Purchasing Co
-
ordinator:

o

energy consumption

per centre

o

sustainable procurement

analysis and recommendations for improvement

o

staff mileage

analysis and recommendations for reduction