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Our company wide ISO14001 environmental management system helps us to ensure that any potential risk to the environment and the communities in which we operate is minimised and that we continually manage and improve our environmental performance.

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Environmental Management

Since 2011 we have been certified to ISO14001, the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS), across all four of our licence areas.

During this time we have found having the certification beneficial in a number of ways:

  • Validates how we manage our operational activities via our own EMS to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
  • Provides confidence to interested parties and industry regulators.
  • Ensures that we meet all of our compliance obligations.
  • Provides a consistent and recognisable approach to how we manage environmental issues across our entire business.
  • Demonstrates our value of good environmental stewardship.
  • Encourages our business to improve our environmental performance and to look to future developments in environmental management and sustainability.

Despite the challenges of Covid-19 during 2020/21 we successfully achieved recertification to the ISO14001 environmental management system standard. Our external auditors, NQA, found no major non-conformances throughout their extensive visit and the minor non-conformances which were identified have subsequently all been closed out and accepted by the auditors.

During 2021/22 we will prepare for our first surveillance visit under our new ISO14001 certificate.

Environmental Employee Awareness

Ensuring and maintaining that all of our employees are aware of their environmental responsibilities and the impact their activities and that of WPD could potentially have on the environment, is a key requirement of our environmental management system.

We have delivered environmental awareness sessions at all of our depots across all four WPD licence areas. While some aspects of the sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each depot, the following environmental issues are briefed as standard;

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Carbon Awareness
  • ED1 Commitments and Environmental Outputs
  • ISO14001
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Ecology
  • Waste Management
  • WPD Environmental aspects
  • Employee Responsibility

Community Awareness

Ecobot’s Energy Saving Reward Scheme was a new initiative launched in October 2018 with the aim of encouraging primary schools in our region to reduce energy consumption; as well as make positive changes to the way they use energy in their school. Schools could secure up to £750 depending on the amount of energy reduction achieved.

Alongside the initiative, we commissioned lesson plans, developed by a primary school teacher, to support the main curriculum with teacher resources also available to download for all the schools who had registered for the duration of the scheme. These lesson plans are now accessible to anyone from WPD’s website.