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Environmental Policy

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Purpose and Scope

This policy applies to all parts of the organisation This policy explains:

  • RAD’s environmental aims and objectives
  • How the aims and objectives will be achieved
  • How performance will be monitored and reported to staff and trustees

Introduction

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) believes that protection of the environment is important. Whenever possible, RAD will try to work in a way that protects the environment.

Environmental Aims and Objectives

AIM/OBJECTIVE

HOW WILL THIS BE ACHIEVED?

To comply with relevant current legislation.

  • The policy will be updated as required, and will be fully reviewed once a year.

To raise awareness of environmental issues throughout the organisation and ensure that staff understand and follow the environmental policy.

Through:

  • The induction process for new staff
  • Staff Conferences
  • Team meetings
  • Training sessions

To use energy and water resources as efficiently as possible.

  • By encouraging staff and centre users to use energy and water resources efficiently.
  • By monitoring energy use.
  • By identifying and implementing cost effective energy and water conservation methods.

To use renewable or recyclable materials, as far as is practical.

  • By actively encouraging the use of recyclable materials and paper.

To reduce waste.

  • By encouraging the recycling and reuse of materials.
  • By identifying and implementing cost effective recycling programmes as far as is practical.
  • By compacting waste, where possible, to reduce the number of refuse collections.

To reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

  • By reducing any unnecessary travel.
  • By encouraging staff to travel by public transport, by bicycle or on foot, where possible.
  • By encouraging staff to car share, where possible.
  • By providing facilities for staff who travel by bicycle or on foot, as far as is practical and affordable.

To minimise the environmental impact of any new buildings, extensions or refurbishments.

  • Through careful design and construction (for example by ensuring that they are energy efficient and built from sustainable or recyclable materials that will last).

To trade with businesses with similar environmental standards to our own, as far as is practical.

  • By reviewing our suppliers, vendors and contractors at least once a year.

Performance Monitoring and Reporting

AIM/OBJECTIVE

HOW WILL THIS BE ACHIEVED?

  • To record, monitor and publish to staff and trustees environmental performance information.
  • The Director of Finance and Administration will produce a performance report on an annual basis, based on energy use statistics, site audits and information provided by teams where available and relevant.
  • To show that we are serious about our commitment to environmental issues by including them in our strategic planning as far as is practical.
  • The Chief Executive will report annually to the Trustees on progress made against any environmental targets.

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