We endeavour to work in the most sustainable way we can, thereby ensuring that RSK is a responsible and forward-thinking organisation. As part of our CR&S programme, we aim to demonstrate our commitment by limiting our carbon footprint, implementing a company-wide recycling programme, fostering the use of alternative modes of transport and embedding a culture of water conservation.
Organisations we support
Supporter of the Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project
Supporter of the Crichton Carbon Centre
The threat of climate change is the most serious environmental issue facing humanity. As a responsible member of the community, RSK is doing its part to disclose and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.
We have started by setting a target for reducing our UK office emissions. 1 Our targets are in accordance with Defra’s environmental reporting guidelines, which are largely based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. We publicly disclose this information through annual reporting.
Our goal is to have the average annual total greenhouse gas emissions per full-time equivalent employee from our UK office buildings’ energy consumption, as calculated over the seven financial years FY14 to FY20, to show a 5% reduction against a baseline calculated as the average of FY12 and FY13.
As of the end of FY16, we are three years into the seven-year target period. Our per person emissions in the years FY14 to FY16 already average 9.4% less than the baseline. We are well on track to exceed our target.
What steps have we taken to meet this goal? Both our Hemel Hempstead and Bristol offices have installed biomass boilers to reduce their carbon footprints.
1 RSK’s disclosure includes scope 1 and 2 emissions
RSK is aiming to ensure that eligible waste is appropriately recycled within its UK operations. All offices have established recycling policies and waste facilities. In addition, staff are educated on our recycling systems to embed a culture of waste reduction throughout the company.
Most of our water consumption is simple, domestic-type consumption through toilets, sinks, showers and drinks, though there is a higher consumption in those facilities with laboratories and/or yards. In FY16, water consumption in our UK premises was equivalent to 28 L per person per day.
Raising awareness of the importance of water conservation is the focus of our responsibility. We supported WaterAid as our chosen charity in 2011/2014 and raised more than £8500. After supporting Cancer Research in 2014/2017 (raising £15,000), RSK staff have chosen to support WaterAid again for another three years, 2017/2020.
Reducing emissions from transport is a long-term objective for RSK. We have implemented two important initiatives: a cycle to work scheme and a travel reimbursement programme. Our cycle to work scheme provides employees with bicycles and safety equipment as a tax-free benefit for those who wish to lower the environmental footprint of their daily commute. Meanwhile, our travel reimbursement programme provides cash back to employees who choose to cycle to meetings and/or clients’ sites.
In 2014, RSK conducted its first transport method survey to understand how we might foster a culture of environmentally friendly commuting. We were encouraged that our baseline data reveal that staff are already conscious of the environmental impact of their transport methods.