Sustainably Green – Ambius's carbon reduction programme
During 2009, Ambius started on a journey to a more sustainable future. We have long recognised and promoted the environmental benefits of the services we offer, especially interior plants, and we are confident that they will feature in many more green building management programmes in the near future.
This is all well and good, but if Ambius doesn’t manage itself in a sustainable fashion, then the benefits of our services are compromised or negated by our own practices. That is why Ambius measured its carbon footprint in North America, the British Isles and our Pacific region in 2009, and our continental European and South African carbon footprints in 2010. Ambius will be implementing a comprehensive carbon action plan in those businesses over the course of 2011.
Ambius's Carbon Footprint
The total carbon footprint of Ambius in the countries we measured during 2010 was a little under 16,000 tonnes CO2e. Once changes in emissions factors are taken into account, this is an improvement of over 10% on the previous year. Some highlights include:
- 13% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per employee to 10.7 tonnes CO2e
- 19% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per square metre of premises floor space (0.13 tonnes CO2e / m2 GIA)
- 57% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste sent to landfill
- 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions produced by our vehicle fleet
Our greenhouse gas emissions were calculated using international standards by our London-based carbon management partners and are explained in our technical statement.
The bulk of our greenhouse gas emissions came from our vehicle fleet and the energy used to heat, illuminate and cool our buildings, but we have already made significant progress since our last report. Waste, paper and corporate travel were also important contributors to our carbon footprint, but reducing these will have a relatively small impact on our overall carbon reduction plan.
Our summary report on our emissions and plans for the next few years can be found here: Ambius Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2009 Summary and Recommendations.
Green Building Council South Africa Exhibition
The Green Building Council holds an annual convention. This event is now running for its 5th consecutive year from the 23rd – 25th October 2012, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre(CTICC) in South Africa, This event provides an inspirational platform for world-class education, knowledge sharing and decision-maker networking concerning sustainability and the built environment.
Ambius is proud to be part of this event and hope to see you there!
Visit Ambius at the Green Building Council Convention! Register for the event Here>
As we progress with the Sustainably Green Programme we will provide regular updates, so check back here to see how far we've got in reducing our environmental impact, which in turn will help our clients reduce their impact. There's still a fair way to go, but we've taken the first steps without compromising our range of products or high level of service.
Read more about what we have already done to achieve Planet Positive status and our Sustainability Green initiatives:
- Measure- How we measure our carbon footprint
- Reduce - What we have done to reduce our carbon footprint and our initiatives for 2010
- Act - The action we take to mitigate our impact and contribute to a better environment
Ambius, part of Rentokil Initial, has maintained its position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Find our more on the Rentokil Initial website.