In a positive step towards improving their sustainability performance, Sky recently announced that it will remove all single-use plastics (SUPs) from its operations, products and supply chain by 2020. Element Sustainability are excited to announce that we are involved in SKY’s initiative and will be supporting the stakeholders involved in the fit-out of SKY’s new Leeds office to reduce the SUPs used during the construction and fit-out phase.
Our BREEAM Assessor, Stacey, is already working with the design and construction team on this project to assess the fit-out works with the aspiration to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. Additionally, we have now been commissioned to deliver this SUPs minimisation project.
Our approach is to engage with the main stakeholders (contractor, the IT department and suppliers) to identify opportunities within their organisations to reduce each SUP stream and consumption, working with the team to determine feasible alternatives and procedures. Throughout the project we will monitor the consumption and use of plastic throughout the construction programme and report the findings, successes and lessons learnt to enable the initiative to be rolled out across the company.
Yesterday, Sir David Attenborough said: “We use plastic – or have done until now – with total abandon, without any care or concern about where it’s going to go and what it might do”
Whilst, we may not completely eliminate the use of Single Use Plastic for this initial construction project, it will increase the stakeholders and suppliers knowledge and awareness and start to alter perceptions and how the company operates. This is something that Element Sustainability are please to be involved in and support the ‘plastic revolution’.