Every year, Ecometrica completes a full corporate sustainability assessment of all its emissions-producing activities, from all three GHG Protocol scopes, using the Ecometrica Platform. Below are the highlights of our 2017 assessment.
The full assessment was carried out in accordance with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute’s (WBCSD/WRI) Greenhouse Gas Protocol; a Corporate Accounting and reporting Standard. This protocol is considered best practice for organisational greenhouse gas emissions reporting. GHG emissions have been reported by the three WBCSD/WRI Scopes.
Our first assessment was completed for the 2008/09 financial year, and we have put together an assessment every year since.
Environment is at the very core of everything that we do here at Ecometrica, so this assessment is very near and dear to our hearts. There are a number of areas we focus on every year in order to keep our company emissions as low as possible:
Travelling is usually the biggest way a non-manufacturing organisation can reduce/minimise its impact on the environment. Even though our offices are spread out across different countries we aim to utilise online tools, email and telephone calls to minimise the requirement for travel as much as possible. When travel is required we encourage standard/economy class travel, especially on air travel. We also aim to stay at hotels that are located near to our meetings to minimise commuting. We use sleeper trains to minimise hotel night stays.
The majority of our staff choose to walk or take the bus to work. We also have a large number who cycle to work on a daily basis, and so we have adopted a Cycle to Work program which helps staff to purchase and maintain their bicycle.
Power – Lights & Heating
We simply aim to not use lights when they’re not needed and only have the heating on as required. The lights in our Edinburgh HQ are movement-sensitive rather than switch-operated, so there is no chance that lights can be left on overnight.
Recycling & Paper
We have become about as paperless an office as we can. We only print things as needed. Our products are online and so is our work predominantly, which certainly helps in this area. We have also changed our default text colour from 100% to 90% black, which uses less ink when printing – both for us, and anyone else who chooses to print our materials.
We have an excellent recycling program in place and recycle paper, glass, plastic & boxes in all our offices.
Suppliers & Community Responsibility
Where possible we aim to buy locally and place fewer but larger orders to reduce shipping on items such as office supplies, catering and stationery. We also purchase environmentally friendly and Fairtrade products wherever we can.
All of our physical materials are printed by Park Communications on FSC® certified paper. We are proud to work with Park for our printing – we chose them as our preferred supplier because of their dedication to environmental sustainability throughout their operations.
Park is EMAS certified, and its Environmental Management System is certified to ISO 14001. 100% of the inks used are vegetable oil based, 95% of press chemicals are recycled for further use and, on average 99% of any waste associated with any of Ecometrica’s printed materials will be recycled.
You can read more about Park’s environmental printing on their website.
As a company we have decided it would be best not to send Christmas cards. Although nice to receive, it is hard to justify the use of resource.
OUR HQ WAS OPENED ON 5TH JANUARY 2015. SINCE WE PROVIDE SOFTWARE THAT HELPS SOME OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST COMPANIES TO BE MORE SUSTAINABLE, WE KNEW THAT OUR OFFICE WOULD HAVE TO COME WITH THE HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS.
All the wooden tables and desks that run throughout have been hand-made from Scottish trees that were either blown down by the wind, or had to be felled because they were in danger of falling. Scottish windblown trees are usually cut into firewood or left to rot – so we worked with artisan craftsmen to give them a new home. There are five different species of tree that have been used to create our furniture: cherry, sycamore, ash, oak and elm.
The blue Ecometrica carpet tiles are made from discarded nets found in the oceans around poverty-stricken fishing villages in Cameroon and the Philippines. They are provided by the Net-Works programme, a partnership between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Interface. Net-Works enables fishing communities to sell enormous waste nets found in the waters around their villages back into a global supply chain. Collecting them provides 100% recycled Type 6 Nylon, protects marine animals in the ocean and on surrounding beaches, provides a supplementary stream of income for local villagers, and allows the ecosystem to regenerate.
Our kitchen floor is made from 100% hard-wearing rubber, provided by Nora. As well as providing extremely durable surfaces, Nora is certified to a number of renowned environmental standards, and only uses rubber that fulfils strict ecological specifications. The tile colours represent natural habitats such as aquatic, desert, grassland, forest and tundra, and are taken from a NASA satellite image of the Ohio and Wabash Rivers. The squares also represent the hundreds of millions of pixels that make up a typical high-resolution satellite image, such as those found within the Ecometrica Platform.