Thrings currently has a headcount of around 300 employees located in four offices occupying approximately 70,000 square feet of office space. We recognise that our day to day business activities impact on our environment in a number of ways and so we are committed to continually improving our environmental performance, preventing pollution and supporting a sustainable approach to our future business activities, procurement and office environments.
We are committed to:
- Integrating environmental management into our day to day business activities.
- Complying with all relevant legislation and regulations.
- Encouraging employees, suppliers and contractors to actively support our commitment to reducing our environmental impact.
- Monitoring and reviewing our progress to identify our successes and highlight further actions where we have been less successful.
- Developing a new Environmental Policy and communicating successes and best practices internally and externally.
The Facilities Management team has developed an Environmental Policy which includes specific commitments and targets for reducing waste, increasing recycling, reducing energy consumption, reducing water usage, decreasing our carbon footprint and measuring and improving our environmental performance.
The ways in which we work towards a sustainable environment include:
- Glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic cups, cans
- Toner cartridges which are returned via stationery deliveries to reduce carbon footprint
- Cardboard, confidential waste paper, paper and other excess paper materials reducing landfill
- Mobile phones
- Library books which are redistributed to poorer countries via charitable organisation
- Furniture which is redeployed within our offices or collected via charitable organisations or by our office stationery provider for recycling or reuse.
- When we relocated our Bristol office in 2009 we moved to the Paragon, a BREEAM “Excellent” rated building.
- Teleconferencing is used to reduce travel between offices or by Clients by road or rail.
- Video conferencing facilities are to be upgraded to reduce further the need for travel between offices.
- Use of Thin Client PCs: these use around 10% of the energy a typical desktop PC uses and have a optimum lifespan of 5 years versus 3 years for a desktop PC. The Thin Client PCs are also managed remotely to shut down after a prescribed period of inactivity to further save on energy consumption.
- Virtualisation project for our server farm is well underway with savings on energy consumption estimated at 30%.
- Energy ratings of equipment are considered during the procurement process.
- Sustainability and future proofing of furniture and other office equipment is considered during the procurement process.
- Upgraded Printers and Copiers: The firm is committed to reducing its printing and copying. To this end, all printers and copiers have been replaced by multi functional devices increasing the firms ability to operate a “less paper” Document Management System. Printer and copier use is regularly reviewed and operational working practices are regularly reviewed with the aim of significantly reducing the need to print or copy. All devices use less power than their predecessors and are set to save power when not in use.
- Every Printer/Photocopier has a sign which clearly shows the costs per print/copy to encourage users to ‘think before they print’.
- Three of our offices use filtered mains drinking water systems, reducing plastic waste and carbon footprint of our suppliers.
- We have Travel Plans which encourage staff to use alternative modes of transport rather than their car to reduce emissions with all our offices providing shower facilities for those cycling or walking to work.
- Redundant IT equipment is wiped to MoD standards and disposed of in accordance with the W.E.E.E. directive.
- Partners and employees are encouraged to bring in their own crockery for use at the tea points and vending machines to reduce waste.
- As well as plans to fit automatic sensor lighting to our offices, all employees are actively encouraged to switch off lights and electrical equipment as they leave the office.