Tech-led facilities management provider Arcus FM marked World Environment Day (5 June) by affirming its commitment to making the FM sector as sustainable as possible.
Arcus is aiming for carbon reduction targets including a 40 per cent cut in CO2e emissions normalised by revenue by 2025 and has a supporting five-year carbon-reduction action plan to help achieve this goal. The provider is also developing and strengthening its longer-term net-zero plans to support its clients to achieve their own targets.
It plans to electrify its entire fleet and has ordered its first 20 electric vans to be rolled out across the business, and is introducing an electric car benefit scheme for colleagues by installing electric vehicle charging points at its main offices.
Chris Green, CEO of Arcus FM, said: “There has never been a greater expectation on businesses to act now… Not only are we dedicated to making changes within our own business, such as electrifying our fleet, but we’re also committed to supporting our clients on their sustainability journeys.
“We have some ambitious initiatives across the business, but I’m confident with the great people we have within Arcus, and the enthusiasm we share with our clients, together, we can deliver and really make a difference.”
Arcus has recently renewed its utilities contracts for its two main offices to secure supplies from renewable sources. This power supply contract is 100 per cent renewable electricity and is backed by renewable generation Guarantee of Origin certificates.
The firm is helping support its clients to be more sustainable and supporting the environment – providing around-the-clock support, 365 days a year, its SMaRT Hub uses in-house technology and innovations to direct carbon and energy savings on various initiatives including fridge global command and PV upgrades. The dedicated technological function also enables reduced van rolls through remote fixes and a reduction in refrigerant use. The tech-led FM provider has delivered other benefits including food wastage reductions, insight into building insulation and water use reductions.
Arcus Project Services (APS), a team dedicated to delivering specific projects required by customers, recently supported a client in trials using bio-waste for biomass boiler operation. The trial fuel in the form of recycled coffee grounds supports greenhouse gas reductions as well as waste reduction and reuse principles.
The soft services division has implemented projects to review key supply chain products including machinery, chemicals, consumables, and cleaning equipment to understand the environmental impact of delivering cleaning. It is now working towards using 100 per cent recycled plastics for all cleaning products, with an 80 per cent cut in chemical use on all sites.
Monima Harrison, HSQE director at Arcus FM, explained: “Our initiatives span the whole of Arcus to help ensure we’re making a difference and we’re on track to reaching our net-zero targets.
“Taking care of the environment and playing our part has never been so important and we must continue to make changes to help look after our environment.”
Arcus was awarded a Silver banding and the Rising Star Award by the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) validating its commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.
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