JNCC's environmental credentials

JNCC's Environmental Management team has kicked off 2008 in style.
 

In May, JNCC’s Peterborough Office was accredited with BS8555 Phase 3 for the Environmental Management System by NQA (National Quality Assurance) auditors.  “This is fantastic news” said Environmental Manager Amanda Gregory.  “The team have worked hard at pulling all the procedures and documentation together.  Later this year we shall undertake internal audits and a management review in support of our aim for full ISO accreditation within the next two years”.Mark Crick, a member of JNCC's Environmental Management Group, is on the organisation's composting rota © Cathy Gardner/JNCC

 

Special thanks have been received from the Built Environment Sustainability Team at Defra for being one of two Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) completing the Sustainable Operations on Government Estates questionnaire.  This work helps show where JNCC needs to take action to measure and control our operations.  It is also important to note that this work will be mandatory in 2010 for all departments, agencies and NDPBs.   One feature of the reporting particularly stood out – the work to measure our video-conferencing usage and travel emissions.  Basic results from the 2007-2008 financial year show that the savings from using video-conferencing have already covered its capital costs.  In addition there are CO2 reductions and travel and subsistence savings.

 

In 2007, JNCC was awarded the Business Environmental Training Initiative Plus (BETI+) Best Small to Medium-sized Enterprises, Cambridgeshire runner-up award.  We also received the Travel Choice Travel Plan level 2 award from Cambridgeshire Country Council and entered the UK Sustainable Development 2008 Awards with our Sustainable Development Action Plan.

 

JNCC had a very successful launch of the Travel Plan Salary Sacrifice Cycle Scheme, and the Executive Management Board agreed to carbon offsetting all air travel, as well as establishing a monitoring system for travel.

 

Future environmental management work for 2008 includes: 

  • Sustainable Development Action Plan progress reporting;
  • sustainable procurement workshops and further work to progress to level 2 on the Government’s Flexible Framework;
  • Travel Plan level 3 and 4 (embedding the Peterborough Office travel plan); and
  • promoting the 2008 Salary Sacrifice Cycle Scheme.

 

Amanda Gregory

Environmental Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866886

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