Keeping up the carbon-cutting momentum
We had some good news in the Environmental Management Team recently. On 26 July, we received confirmation that our application for triple recertification to the Carbon Trust Standard was successful.
It’s great to have the work that is being done across the Scottish Government’s estate to reduce waste, CO2 emissions, and water use independently certified by the Carbon Trust. So far we are the only central government to hold all three standards.
Darran Messem, Managing Director – Certification at the Carbon Trust explains why we were successfully recertified with the award:
“The Carbon Trust is delighted to be able to provide independent recognition that the Scottish Government is directly contributing to achieving the sustainability ambitions it has set for the country, by continuing to deliver year-on-year reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste from its own operations.”
Here in the Environmental Management Team we do all we can to help limit the environmental impact of our estate. It’s challenging work, especially as that estate includes about 70 buildings, a farm, surveillance aircraft, and ships.
Thankfully we have help. Firstly the expertise of our facilities partner has helped us manage that impact. They maintain the building fabric, manage the heating and lighting systems, as well as the collection and treatment of waste. They have been instrumental in helping us achieve the successful Carbon Trust triple Standard recertification.
Secondly, the Scottish Government has a network of some 100 Environmental Champions who support our aims. We’re grateful to all our Champions for helping us promote initiatives that have contributed to us getting the award. In this voluntary role, they encourage people to minimize their use of resources, including energy, water and paper, and to use our waste recycling facilities.
It’s great that we receive recognition of our efforts, however, we know that there is more to be done. As part of the recertification process, the Carbon Trust details a summary of recommendations and opportunities. They show that there are still improvements that we can make to reduce our utility bills, and lower our carbon emissions.
So, as much as we’re delighted to receive the award, our work continues.