Facilities services provider, Grosvenor Services, has achieved the prestigious energy management standard, ISO 50001. This demonstrates its ongoing commitment to reducing its impact on the environment and to supporting the sustainability goals of its growing customer base in the UK and Ireland.
The international standard outlines energy management practices that help organisations reduce energy consumption, cut costs, and meet environmental requirements. The accolade is a natural addition to ISO 14001, linked to reducing resource usage, waste, and costs, which Grosvenor Services achieved in 2010. These certifications give its clients the confidence that they have chosen a service provider which has achieved third party verification and the assurance that it has proven sustainability credentials.
Grosvenor Services is using these standards as a framework to support its clients' environmental goals. Staff on client sites are rewarded for ideas that reduce their carbon footprint and 'building champions' have been appointed in each of Grosvenor Services' offices to encourage green thinking that can be applied both internally and externally.
A number of measures have been implemented recently which are audited electronically, to manage contracts more sustainably. In 2015, Grosvenor Services' cleaning division moved to a new range of EU Ecolabel accredited products. Water is added to the super-concentrates at the point of use, reducing transport costs and waste. The projected annual reductions in plastic and cardboard waste are 57% and 45% respectively. Consumable products are also sourced from one of a small number of companies whose paper products are Ecolabel accredited.
Data from its vehicle monitoring system indicates a reduction in carbon emissions per driver per month in 2015 compared to 2014. Low CO2 and fuel efficient cars have been introduced to the fleet. On its contract with Maynooth University in Ireland it uses a fully electric van, in line with the institution's commitment to being a 'Green Campus'.
A major project by the Grosvenor Services team to install LED lighting on a client site has a projected energy savings of 58%. In just three months, Grosvenor Services reduced its own energy usage in its London office by approximately one third through energy saving schemes and improvements to the lighting systems.
George Parish, health, safety, environment, and quality director at Grosvenor Services, said: “We are committed to helping our customers achieve their green aims based on research, testing, and close monitoring of performance. We are also firmly committed to becoming a greener company ourselves and hope to inspire everyone, both clients and staff, to think and act more sustainability.”
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