As sustainable travel becomes a more pressing global issue, we have taken action and made it a reality here at Plasma Technology with our Go Green initiative!
Here you will find inspiring and engaging examples of thought leaders in the Bristol and West of England business community who are already going green and seeing the benefits. Learn from the experience of businesses from different sectors and sizes across the region, and access further information to enable your business to follow in their footsteps.
Case studies provide details of how and why changes were made in a particular business. Maximum benefit from these can be gained when viewed in conjunction with actions suggested in the Go Green Tool.
On the right hand side of the page you can select case studies by pillar such as Sustainable Sourcing or Travel and Transport.
Remember – if your business has made changes that others could learn from you can submit a case study and your company could appear here too.
Go Green member Cabot Circus recently worked with Incredible Edible to revamp their rooftop planters, resulting in 'de-stress' time for staff. Read on to find out more.
Stripe OLT are an IT consultancy with an office in Bristol. Read on to find out how they made large reductions in single use plastic water bottle waste and how you can do the same.
Zimbabwean business PanAfrika demonstrates how they have used the Go Green Action Plan to take steps towards envrionmental protection in the communities they live in. Read more to see what green initiatives PanAfrika have got in place.
Children’s Scrapstore and Skanska explore working in partnership for a project where surplus materials from Skanska’s school development Projects could be sent to the Children’s Scrapstore and used to stock the PlayPods. Read more on for more on the impact of this relationship.
Switching to individual LED task lighting from large overhead rafts and making use of the available natural light, Sustain have have managed to exceed their expectations in savings, cutting their energy use by over 99%.
Attending the Go Green Business Breakfast events has inspired Knowle West Media Centre to improve on their already sizeable efforts towards sustainability. With support from Travel West they have been able to provide their staff with a green alternative for travel.
Oxford Instruments, a technology company that operates in the sustainable energy sector, shows us how reducing their own energy waste through switching off unused devices as well as increasing the energy efficiency of their tools, has resulted in environmental and cost cutting benefits that can be passed down to the customer.
Your Power has moved to entirely ‘agile’ work systems, providing all staff with an alternative to commuting to the office. This has effected a reduction in carbon and particulate emissions, and reduced the overall need for travel. Read on to find out how the did it.
As a business always looking at ways to collaborate and innovate, it felt natural for Watershed to also apply this approach to managing their waste. By working with local enterprises, CollectEco and The Chrysalis, they are improving their recycling beyond the usual waste streams.
With over 3000 people working at the airport, for around 45 different companies, communicating environmental issues needs a range of approaches. Working groups, forums, briefings, procedures and quick reference guides are all used to share information. Last year the airport launched its first interactive environment guide to boost awareness and engagement across the site.
Bristol based Thali Café and FRANK Water demonstrate how collaborating to create Thali Water and raising money for safe water supplies in India can increase customer perception and business profits whilst reducing waste, cutting costs and enhancing sustainability credentials.
Using an electric bike has made a big difference to how we get to meetings; it’s quicker, more convenient and cheaper than traveling by car, we can battle the hills of Bristol without breaking into a sweat and it’s better for the environment.
Fairtrade principles matched the ethics of this small central Bristol marketing company, so they reviewed all their purchased products and easily replaced them with Fairtrade versions. They found this did not cost much more, and now they are active proponents of the Fairtrade message.
Alec French's carbon footprint is calculated yearly in-house and the number of trees needed to offset carbon is estimated. Broadleaf trees are used to support biodiversity on suitable local sites. Woodlands in Nailsea, Tetbury and Radstock have been planted and by the end of 2015 the 2,015th tree will be in the ground.
Computershare’s Sustainable Travel Plan written with help from Transport Planning Associates aims to increase sustainable commuting by providing staff with opportunities to choose more sustainable forms of travel and reduce single occupancy car journeys. 11% of the workforce now use a free staff bus each week, and a new bike shed provides secure storage for up to 165 cycles.
Sift does not produce a physical product but they decided to challenge themselves to be greener by creating a GreenerSift team; the aim being to start a rolling program of improvements to the impact Sift has on the environment.
Copper joined Green Rewards as one of the first clients for its new employee engagement and rewards programme in June 2013. The programme, JUMP: Healthy Planet – Healthy Team, is designed to help organisations embed a culture of sustainability and healthy living. The scheme has proved very popular with Copper employees with over 70% of staff taking up the opportunity to earn and redeem ‘Green Points’, accumulating over 152,000 points across the team in 18 months!
UWE started to explore how to increase the reuse of assets internally, and to donate more to the local third sector, and in 2013 the university joined an online reuse platform, warp-it.co.uk. With an investment of just £2.2K the university has already saved over £40K in avoided procurement and disposal costs, by making it easier for staff to share assets. They have also donated over £10,000 worth of surplus furniture and associated equipment to local charities.
Destination Bristol demonstrated its support for all things green and Bristol by commissioning local charity Incredible Edible to build a garden at the front of its city-centre offices. This enabled staff and visitors to have more access to nature and fresh food and has been a brilliant conversation starter and team builder.