Net Carbon Neutral
We are proud to be a Net Carbon Neutral business
Since 2019, SDS has been a net carbon neutral business by minimising our carbon emissions, adopting a green travel policy and offsetting any remaining carbon emissions. In 2021, the business took another step further, by including commuting data in our calculations, something which is not currently included as best practice, effectively making us ‘Net Carbon Negative’.
Our sustainability reporting including is constantly monitored, tracked and verified by an independent body. Any remaining emissions are offset and accredited to the Carbon Footprint Standard, an international recognised assessment scheme.
We use the National TOMs Measurement Framework to measure and report and drive continuous improvement on environmental matters, our commitment to decarbonising and safeguarding our world. We are also accredited to ISO14001 the environmental standard. Our wide-ranging initiatives include installing low-energy lighting and recycling paper, printer cartridges, plastic, food packing and food waste. Sustainable procurement key to the journey to zero-carbon. We are committed to buying goods, works and services in a manner that improves the environmental, societal and economic impact on spend.
There has never been greater need to protect our ecology and reduce the UK’s impact on climate change. As building services engineering consultants, we are pleased to set an example on such an important issue by finding ways to reduce our environmental footprint, in addition to supporting our clients deliver zero carbon developments.
We have presented to both local and central government bodies on net zero carbon strategies and advised on carbon reduction initiatives for numerous local authorities. We have also supported clients with the national Salix funding scheme, enabling clients to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across their estates. We are always keen to share our knowledge and best practice with our clients and peers and have delivered zero carbon presentations including “Future Plymouth 2030” webinar series – a partnership between University of Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, ERDF and RIBA.
We support the government ambition to achieve the UK’s 2050 net zero commitment and deliver greener facilities for the future, as identified in the recently released ‘Construction Playbook’. We are signatories to the CIBSE Climate Change Action Plan and UK Building Services Engineers Declaration’s Climate & Biodiversity Emergency.