Practical
Environmental Concern

Waste prevention
Waste reduction
Recycling
Resource efficiency

Our Environmental Policy

GTS (UK) is committed to conducting its business in an environmentally sustainable manner. Our environmental aim is simple: to minimise the local and global environmental impact of our consumption and production.

We are committed to finding ways in which we can reduce the impact of our work both in the office and when work takes us away from the office. While we recognise that businesses can have a negative impact on the environment, we are fortunate in our line of work that we aren’t required to purchase great quantities of materials and that we don’t produce much waste.

Our policy is based on four main principles:

  • Waste prevention
  • Waste reduction
  • Recycling
  • Resource efficiency.

GTS (UK) believes firmly in the benefits of working from home and has four home locations where key staff members live and work. In addition to reducing the need for travel to and from work, this can also bring social benefits in enabling greater flexibility for employees with children, for example. Informal car sharing operates at the company’s Data Processing Centre in Lincolnshire; employees are also encouraged to make optimum use of public transport when travelling for business purposes.

Based around the above four principles, our Sustainability Policy is to:

Waste Prevention

  • Avoid the use of paper wherever possible. For example, sending draft and final reports as PDF files
  • Avoid the use of postal services, saving on transportation and on paper. For example, emailing contracts and invoices.

Waste Reduction

  • Reduce the amount of waste material produced
  • Reuse waste paper (from the printer) where possible, making use of the blank side for notes etc
  • Minimise our use of paper and other office consumables, for example by double-siding all paper used, and identifying other opportunities to reduce waste.

Recycling

  • Recycle all waste material possible
  • Recycle equipment that is no longer of use to the company
  • Always to make use of recycling schemes by the printer manufacturers (to recycle toner cartridges and drums)
  • Purchase products made with recycled paper. For example, printer paper
  • As far as possible arrange for the reuse or recycling of office waste, including paper, computer supplies and redundant furniture or equipment.

Resource Efficiency

  • Comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and requirements
  • Aim to reduce our gas heating usage
  • Keep energy usage low. For example, making use of low energy light bulbs throughout and using schedules to ensure computers are shut down after work
  • Purchase products with a lower environmental impact.
  • Use low impact transport for travel to and from work and travel for business. For example, we use public transport to attend meetings whenever practical to do so
  • Avoid unnecessary travel by making use of instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, telephone and email
  • Reduce the energy consumption of office equipment by purchasing energy efficient equipment and good housekeeping.

The above measures are in line with the goals and objectives of the UK Government in creating a more sustainable future. In practical terms the above policy benefits GTS (UK) by cutting costs and improving efficiency while meeting our customer’s expectations for sustainable business practise. We will ensure that all our staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it and we pledge to integrate sustainability considerations into all our business decisions.

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