At the end of 2011 Ringley’s overall carbon footprint was three times lower than that of a London business of similar size.
We monitor our Carbon Footprint and here is what we have recently reported:
Looking at our travelling methods to and from the office during the period March 2011 to March 2012, is 110.64 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 2.305 tonnes per employee (Ringley – 48 employees).
London average footprint per employee is 6.9 tonnes.
This means that each of our employees produces only 1/3 of the London average for Carbon emissions!
Miles travelled per method of transport to and from the Ringley office in one year (2011):
- Bus – 10841
- Over-ground rail - 34632 miles
- National Rail – 35580
- Tube – 19370 miles
The overall distance travelled during the period is 100,432 miles.
The use of the company cars has decreased since December 2011 and although the use of cards may increase with the growth of the business, Ringley is on the mission to minimize this by supporting car share, fuse of fuel efficient vehicles with low CO2 emissions or switching to alternative ways of transport.
Ringley is firmly committed to reducing its paper consumption and is currently campaigning for ‘Go paperless’ whereby client notifications, service demands and other communications will be done electronically - via emails.
We produce less paper waste than most companies of our size: our weight per employee is low so over the course of the last 12 months (July 2011 - July 2012) we have saved 48 trees from our recycling efforts.
Not only that we use electricity from renewable sources, we have also reduced our electricity bills by almost 33% during the period 2010 - 2011.
Full time employees can purchase a bicycle that is initially paid for by Ringley as a staff loan, which is interest free and paid back by 6 monthly instalments.
Green policies are working and here are more facts and ideas to explore:
Know the facts: The optimum working temperature is 19C. Energy costs rise by 8% for every 1C temperature increase. On average there are 45 days the temperature is over 23-25C and 213 days the temperature is below 18C, so that makes 107 days we don´t need heating & air con at all
Don´t heat/cool the building when not necessary
Know the facts: Sunlight is FREE we have reduced artificial light; this also helps avoid sick building syndrome. We have motion sensors in our toilets and coming soon to our hallways.
Our energy supplier generates its energy for renewable source. That´s right; we switched to only using wind, water and solar power in accordance with the Renewable Energy Certification System (RECS)
We are looking into:
Installing photocell sensors so lights only come on below set brightness levels
Installing timers to ensure lighting is switched off at the end of each day
Know the facts: Lighting an average office wastes enough energy to make 1,000 cups of teas. Our Cat 5 lighting is energy efficient and we use energy saving light bulbs where we can. They last 12 times longer & consume 1/5th less energy & save 90% in running costs.
Our policy is to turn off PC´s & equipment at night and we have Local Cooling power management tool which optimises PC energy settings and calculates savings in Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Know the facts: A monitor on overnight could print 800 pages or microwave 6 dinners. The C02 emission from just 15 computers is equivalent to the gas consumption of 1 car. An average office waste £6,000 a year by leaving equipment on standby. Switching off your monitor at lunch time can reduce 1/3 of the C02 produced by the PC.
Our policy is to turn off photocopiers at night It is estimated this saving equates to making 35 cups of tea or copying 1,500 pages. We have installed voltage meters and timer switches on key equipment
Known the facts: Offices use about 1000 sheets (4 feet) of paper per person each year
Paper has two sides; our policy is to use BOTH