Ipswich Building Society has become the latest company to undertake an environmental review with Groundwork East with the intention of reducing their overall carbon emissions.

Groundwork carried out the review between May and July 2018. It covered all nine of the Society’s branches and head office site. The process provided them with a carbon footprint for each site, as well as a breakdown of electricity use and waste production and disposal, to help them identify areas for improvement.

The review found that Ipswich Building Society’s carbon footprint for its onsite activities, at all its sites, was 154tCO2e/year.
Analysis of waste disposal showed that over half of waste generated by the organisation was sent to landfill.

A breakdown by branch also found that the majority were recycling around 60% of their waste or above, but that one branch had a lower recycling rate, which brought the organisation’s overall recycling rate down significantly.

Following the review, Groundwork worked with Ipswich Building Society to put together an action plan which included six recommendations and offered potential cost savings of over £4,900 and potential carbon savings of over 22tCO2e/year.

These recommendations included:
• installing LED lighting across all branches
• establishing improved recycling procedures at all branches and head office
• naming Environmental Champions at each site who will record regular meter readings and communicate with head office and other branches on issues relating to environmental management.

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