This is the fourth year that GMI Construction Group has achieved The Planet Mark for Business. By introducing new initiatives and committing to reach their reduction target every year, continual improvement has been made possible.
Nick Shepherd, Pre-Construction Director at GMI Construction stated, “We are delighted with our latest Planet Mark certification. Whilst steadily developing business growth we have made a conscious effort not to allow this to replicate in our carbon footprint. Over the last 3 years we have educated and trained our staff as part of this process and we have invested heavily in I.T systems and communication aids to help reduce paper and energy waste. Our office efficiency continues to grow and we are already discussing what to do next. We are thinking smarter about our business needs before we implement them, which in turn is saving us money”
This year, GMI Construction Group have focused initiatives around energy, waste, water and travel.
In terms of energy, GMI have introduced energy efficient daylight lighting as well as movement sensors, switched to a carbon neutral energy efficient photocopiers set to default black and white, duplex copying. Furthermore, they have worked on their procurement process, now using an e-link electronic tender system to avoid the need for hard copies of tender documents. They have also reduced the need for paper copies of drawings through an electronic document control system and using Dropbox for Business to allow e-collaboration.
Demonstrating commitment to sustainability from the top of the company, both the Commercial Director and Financial Director have set precedent of using fleet cars with smaller engines and lower carbon emissions ratings. Additionally, to lower the impact of travel, GMI Construction Group have introduced a bike to work scheme, installed two showers and a cycle store to encourage staff to cycle to work.
In terms of water usage, GMI Construction Group have reduced the flow on water cisterns to reduce the water usage.
GMI Construction Group are a brilliant of example of how a business can continue to reduce their carbon footprint year on year.
Steve Malkin, CEO Planet First commented, “Many businesses question whether it is possible to continue to make reductions in carbon year on year. GMI Construction Group’s commitment to sustainability provides hard evidence that it is indeed possible whilst also bringing great benefit to the business in terms of cost savings, employee wellbeing and reducing carbon.”
In 2014, Phil Roberts Operations Director at GMI Energy was guest speaker in a Planet Mark webinar. We discussed how they had managed to make huge reductions in energy for their business and save £70,000. To listen again click here