Arcus FM has been awarded the ‘Carbon Footprint Standard – CO₂e Reduced’ status for its sustainability action across the company.
Last year the firm attained the ‘Carbon Footprint Standard – CO₂e Assessed’ status and so now has moved up a level.
The Carbon Footprint standard demonstrates that an appropriate assessment methodology has been followed and the emissions have been reduced. The assessment and supporting evidence have been individually verified by Carbon Footprint Ltd.’s team of greenhouse gas emission assessors.
Arcus is working towards a 40 per cent cut in CO₂e (greenhouse gases) emissions normalised by revenue by 2025 from a 2019/20 base year. It has a supporting five-year carbon-reduction plan to help achieve this target within its organisation and is also developing longer-term net zero plans and helping clients to meet their net zero targets too.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, the FM firm adapted its ways of working and subsequently saw a fall in its grey fleet mileage contributing to a large part of their reduction in CO₂. It changed its offices’ utilities contracts to secure supplies from green sources and made energy-efficiency improvements in its largest office.
Chris Green, CEO of Arcus FM, said: “We’re really proud to have achieved the ‘Carbon Footprint Standard – CO₂e Reduced’ level. Sustainability is high on our agenda and across the business we’re implementing our sustainability policy, making changes that will have a positive effect on society and the environment whilst also supporting our clients with their targets for a more sustainable future. The Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to adapt the way we worked, and we saw many of our colleagues working from home and using virtual tools to carry out their roles effectively.
“This new way of working has helped drastically reduce our grey fleet mileage and drive down our carbon emissions. We’re taking this learning further and have implemented a ‘Drive Down CO₂ by Dialing In’ initiative to support the delivery of our million (business) mile reduction target by the end of the financial year and to encourage grey fleet colleagues to work virtually where possible.”
The business has also rolled out a Carbon Awareness and Reduction Toolbox Talk to all staff to raise awareness of climate change and provide tips on how colleagues can help to deliver a carbon reduction to meet business targets.
Dr Wendy Buckley, client director of Carbon Footprint Ltd, said: “Arcus FM sets a leading example to the industry and it’s our hope that many others will adopt this approach to help meet net zero emission targets that will help mitigate climate change.”