Office Energy Policy

With raised awareness of the environment employers now seem to be more aware of their carbon foot print and are actively promoting a green policy. The benefits of developing a green policy will potentially reduce energy consumption and operating costs. The Carbon Trust estimate that each year 6.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is produced by offices in the UK.
Here are some simple measure that can be carried out to help reduce the environment impact of offices;-

Heating
  • Do not overheat the office (turning the thermostat up by 1 degrees increases heating cost by around 8%).
  • Check radiators are not obstructed by office equipment and furniture.
  • Insulate the building fabric to stop heat escaping.
  • Site thermostats in areas where they cannot be tampered with.
  • Do not use electric heaters.
Office equipment
  • Turn office equipment off when not in use.
  • Enable computer power saving features.
  • Ensure energy efficiency is a factor when purchasing new office equipment.
Lighting
  • Ensure unnecessary lighting is turned off.
  • Turn the lights off at the end of the day.
  • Specify energy efficient bulbs.
  • Install motion sensors to turn lighting on and off in areas such as toilets and photocopier rooms.
Air conditioning
  • Due to the mild climate in the UK and high running costs of air conditioning consider replacement to natural or mechanical ventilation systems.
Other
  • If possible use the stairs rather than the lift.
Those serious about reducing their environmental impact should consider introducing an environmental management system (EMS). ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised certified standard developed to help UK companies reduce their environmental impact, meet their legal obligations and provide a framework for best practice with regards environmental management. ISO 14001 is compatible with both ISO 9001 (Quality) and OHSAS 18001(occupational health and safety) management standards.


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Energy Policy, Environmental Legislation, Environment Management, Environmental Regulations