SUSTAINABILITY

Bluesky are accredited to ISO 14001:2015 and within that have our own environmental plan that we follow.

The certification ensures we are compliant with all relevant UK environmental legislation, regulations, approved codes of practice, appropriate guidance notes and standards.

We are conscious of climate change and have objectives to create a more sustainable environment for our operations. We conduct all measures reasonably practical to meet, exceed or develop all necessary and desirable requirements to protect the environment and our own environmental performance.

  • We provide vehicle electric charging points at our head office and several staff now drive electric or hybrid cars.

  • We have a boiling tap which saves time and energy providing the correct amount of hot water on demand for making hot drinks.

  • Our offices have motion sensor PIR lighting and LED bulbs to minimise energy use and maximise energy saving efficiencies.

  • Post Covid our new hybrid way of working where staff can work flexibly between the home and office is enabling us to reduce CO2 emissions from commuting. Business travel has also been significantly reduced and we continue to encourage virtual meetings rather than travelling for face-to-face consultations.

Bluesky are an office-based entity and as such don’t generate large amounts of industrial waste.

  • Our cardboard is separated from general waste. Where needed it is re-used and any remaining is collected for recycling. It is sent via a third party to be recycled into tissue products and new packaging material.

  • All staff are encouraged to be paperless but do have paper shredding collection bins for non-sensitive paperwork.

  • A shredder is available for sensitive documents and if there is a large number of documents then a third party is engaged to securely destroy it.

  • Recycling from general office waste is separated into different bins and disposed of accordingly.

  • All electronic devices are dealt with following WEEE regulations.

  • Hard drives are shredded to avoid data breaches (certificates are provided), The destroyed hard drives are sent to UK WEEE-approved suppliers for recycling. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals are removed, then the copper-rich materials, printed circuit boards and plastics are taken away to be recycled. All recycling is conducted in the United Kingdom.

 

 

We continually strive to improve our environmental management system through the implementation of the following:

a) Assess and regularly re-assess the environmental effects of the Organisation’s activities

b) Training of employees in environmental issues

c) Minimise the production of waste

d) Minimise material wastage

e) Minimise energy wastage

f) Promote the use of recyclable and renewable materials

g) Prevent pollution in all its forms

h) Control noise emissions from operations

i) Minimise the risk to the general public and employees from operations and activities undertaken by the Organisation.

Top management demonstrates leadership and commitment with respect to the Environmental Management System by:

a) Taking accountability for the effectiveness of the Environmental Management System

b) Ensuring that the Environmental Policy and Environmental Objectives are established and are compatible with the strategic direction and the context of the Organisation

c) Ensuring the integration of the Environmental Management System requirements into the Organisation’s business processes

d) Ensuring that the resources needed for the Environmental Management System are available

e) Communicating the importance of effective environmental management and of conforming to the environmental management system requirements

f) Ensuring that the Environmental Management System achieves its intended outcomes

g) Directing and supporting persons to contribute to the effectiveness of the environmental management system

h) Promoting continual improvement

i) Supporting other relevant management roles to demonstrate their leadership as it applies to their areas of responsibility.

 

Our Policy is communicated to all employees, suppliers and sub-contractors and is made available to interested parties.

 

Bluesky have recently subscribed to an on-line sustainability platform specifically aimed at small businesses - Zellar. This is a UK wide initiative and is currently live in Manchester and launched in November for Leicestershire. It will centralise various sustainable measures that we will need to benchmark, reduce, offset, and promote our sustainable journey. Using this benchmarking we will be able to plan actions to reduce our emissions and costs with new business practices, staff engagement and behavioural changes.

In our goal to achieve net Zero we will be able to use the Zellar platform to explore options to offset our residual carbon emissions with verified local and international woodland, peatland, and soil projects.

 

The current calculation for Bluesky carbon emissions is 10,505 kg CO2

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