Good News!! We recently received confirmation that our Carbon Trust triple standard recertification has been successful. We first achieved the triple standard in 2015. Recertification shows continued progress since then.
Since 2015 we have upgraded lighting to LED across the estate, installed biomass boilers, optimised our heating by upgrading our building management systems, installed water saving devices, promoted recycling and removed single use cardboard cups from our estate. All of this has resulted in year on year reductions in carbon, waste and water.
It’s great that all of our hard work has been independently certified by the Carbon Trust. We are still the only central government in the world to hold all three standards. The Carbon Trust Standard provides us with an independent framework to show that we are practicing what we preach and making real reductions in our own emissions and resource use. We are proud of the international leadership Scotland continues to show on creating a sustainable world for future generations, investing in clean energy and developing a zero waste economy. It’s great that we can contribute and play our part in making Scotland an international exemplar of sustainability.
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, aircraft, and ships.
We know that there is more to be done. We are currently working on several solar panel projects; upgrading equipment to more energy efficient versions across technologies ranging from air conditioning to computers; and increasing the amount of electric and hybrid vehicles in the government fleet.
To help combat single use plastic waste on our estate we removed plastic straws and single use coffee cups in all staff restaurants and coffee outlets.
We’re delighted to receive the certification, our work continues…