Environmental policy

Scientists for Global Responsibility's environmental policy lays out how we strive to minimise the direct environmental impacts of the organisation's activities, and hence play our part in responding to the global climate emergency.

For information about SGR's activities to encourage society as a whole to reduce its environmental impacts, see our constitution and issue pages, such as those on climate change and energy.
 

Environmental Policy

Scientists for Global Responsibility recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact as an integral part of our Constitution, organisational strategy and operating methods. We encourage all stakeholders, for example our members and other organisations, to do the same.
 

Responsibility

All employees and volunteers have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.
 

Policy Aims

We:

  • Comply with and exceed relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Monitor and improve our environmental performance.
  • Minimise our environmental impacts including emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
  • Incorporate environmental factors into organisational decisions.
  • Involve all employees and volunteers in the implementation of this policy and increase their awareness as necessary.
  • Encourage our stakeholders to take similar actions and to increase their awareness.

 

Consumption and waste

  • We minimise the amount of energy, water and other consumables we use as much as possible.
  • In sourcing our energy and other consumables, we choose very low carbon and renewable sources wherever possible. For example, our office is based in a building supplied mainly by community-run renewable energy sources (electricity from mini-hydro-power and solar photo-voltaic panels; heating from wood chips – locally-sourced and/or from sawmill waste – and solar hot-water panels).
  • We take into account energy consumption, efficiency and environmental impact of products when purchasing – for example, by using a high specification office printer, web hosting service and printing supplier.
  • We minimise and reduce our waste as much as possible, and reuse and recycle wherever possible.

 

Travel

We:

  • Minimise the need to travel, and restrict to necessary trips only.
  • Routinely use alternatives to travelling such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing – for example, for coordination meetings.
  • Encourage the use of public transport or bicycles. Our office utilises a car club – which includes electric cars supplied with renewable energy – and local cycle paths for local travel.
  • Recognise the high environmental impacts of flying and any proposal to use air travel would require very strong justification.

 

Culture

We:

  • Involve staff, for greater commitment and improved performance.
  • Will review this policy annually in consultation with staff and other stakeholders where necessary.
  • Provide staff with relevant environmental training.
  • Work with suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to improve their environmental performance.
  • Use local labour and materials where available to reduce energy consumption and help the community.