Having achieved our goal of 'zero waste to landfill' by the end of 2020, it's imperative that Aquascot continue to set new challenges and work towards longer term objectives. Whilst we have made great progress in the last couple of years, we are mindful there is a long way to go and a lot we must still do with regards to achieving our carbon reduction goals. It's equally important that the people who understand the intricate details of each distinct area of our operations have close involvement in making these plans, setting these targets and ensure we meet our commitments — the new Environmental & Sustainability Focus Group is tailor-made for this.
It's an initiative that has been discussed at length for some time among various departments across the business and now, driven by the success of project-based sustainability/waste reduction efforts, a group has been established that includes partners from all areas of Aquascot — each assigned to specific 'workstreams' that are aligned to their particular specialisms and also the wider environmental aims of our industry, key clients and the country.
There will also be outside assistance and expertise drawn in as relevant. We have already secured an intern to join us in the summer to focus on the reduction of single-use plastics.
With its inaugural meeting held on Thursday 18th March 2021, the Environmental & Sustainability Focus Group will focus on six core workstreams this year:
- Food Waste Reduction
- Single-Use Plastics Reduction
- Reduced Water Consumption
- Reduced Energy Consumption
- Working Towards Zero Carbon / Carbon Neutral
- Circular Economy Initiative
David Chapman, Head of Procurement, said: “Whilst we have being doing a lot of good work in reducing our carbon footprint and improving our environmental credentials across the business over the last couple of years, this has been very siloed. The aim of bringing this cross-functional group of passionate individuals together is that we will ensure important areas aren’t missed. We can achieve more as a group rather than individuals working on initiatives and we can focus on things that will make the biggest impact for our partners, us as a wider business, our community and our customer. The group of like-minded individuals are very conscious of the effects we are having on the planet in general — and more locally in the communities we live in — and together we can help make a difference.
The full Aquascot Environmental & Sustainability Focus Group team are: Martin Caldwell, David Chapman, Andrew Davie, Craig Douglas, John Douglas, Peter Elbourne, Justine Fourny, Rachel Hannah, John Housego, Daniel McAllister, Simon Paterson, Alistair Stewart, Deborah Thomassen & Kasia Tokarczyk.
Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks and months to come — including newly established Sustainability targets.
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