The Norse Group has announced that it is partnering with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to drive best practice in sustainability.
The Norse Group, 100 per cent owned by Norfolk County Council, is the UK’s largest commercial local authority trading company and brings together FM specialist Norse Commercial Services, property consultant NPS Group and care provider NorseCare.
Norse said that it shares a purpose with the IEMA, a professional body representing more than 15,000 members working in the environmental and sustainability fields.
The relationship is intended to unlock new opportunities for Norse to tackle environmental challenges and “drive best practice across the board, by offering access to key resources to support professional development, as well as networking events with fellow experts in the field”.
It said its collaboration with IEMA underlines its commitment to being an industry leader in sustainability and would help to upskill its workforce to “stay on top of the latest developments in the environmental sector, embedding environmentally responsible practices at all levels of its organisation”.
Andrew Campbell, the Norse Group’s environmental manager, said: "Partnering with IEMA will help to keep us at the forefront of sustainability. Strategically, IEMA is a key stakeholder helping to drive forward national legislation, and by working together we can better understand and implement best practice across our operations.
“There will also be exciting new opportunities for environmental training programmes, tailored specifically to the needs of our organisation.”
Later this year, Norse plans to launch a Clean Growth Strategy to ensure that the impact of its operations on the environment is managed effectively in terms of its greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. The strategy will cover all aspects of its operation – from resources to fleet vehicles and transport.
Campbell added: “We all understand the need to work together to drive meaningful change, and by working with other companies which are part of IEMA’s partnership network, we can share knowledge and learn from each other’s experiences. This will help us all move towards the government’s target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
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