Every project is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable solutions and environmental management.
We are fully aware of our responsibilities under environmental legislation. We subscribe to a number of publications to keep up to date with legal requirements, and participate in industry forums and groups and such as the UK Green Building Council that respond to policy changes and consultations on forthcoming legislation.
“We are committed to responsibly sourcing materials, including 100% FSC certified timber, in-line with our corporate policies and sustainable approach. As a business, we only employ supply chain that are FSC Certified.”
We are ISO14001 certified. All of our projects are subject to the requirements of our ISO14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS). Included within this is the requirement to identify significant environmental aspects and impacts – in effect, an Environmental Risk or Impact Assessment.
Reviews are held on a regular basis, and in response to changing circumstances. The use and effectiveness of such documentation is assessed at planned audits carried out by the environmental team within Charles Edward, and also through external audits carried out by the British Standards Institute (BSi).
We are committed to responsibly sourcing all key materials in-line with ISO14001 and BES 6001, and have recently demonstrated responsible sourcing of additional materials such as stone, leather and key building services for some of our clients.
Our collective team willingly work towards achieving industry leading project sustainability targets such as Ska, BREEAM and LEED. Implementing best practice management procedures and lessons learnt from other projects, we will ensure confidence in and delivery of any target set of us, equally we engage in other practical measures that push us forward in our industry:
- Placing sustainability at the heart of planning and reaction processes
- Hosting lessons learnt sessions with all management structures
- Carrying out due diligence reviews
- Developing project gateways, such that tender packages include sustainability requirements, that tender returns are assessed on competence to deliver the targeted compliance
- Hosting sustainability kick-off meetings with sub-contractors, and hosting regular training sessions and workshops for relevant personnel
- Supplying in-house and external training on site
Early engagement is our preferred approach and is often pivotal to sustainability performance on a project.