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Carbon footprint : policies and statistics

Carbon_footprint How our people travel to and from work creates CO2 emissions. This is measured by tones per person. Because of our recruit locally policy, Ringley people produce on average 110.64 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 2.305 tonnes per person. The London average is 6.9 tonnes.

This means Ringley people produces 1/3 of the London average for Carbon emissions!


Miles Travelled To And From Work

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Bus – 10,841 Over-ground rail - 34,632 National Rail – 35,580 Tube – 19,370
Overall distance travelled 100,432 miles (2011 data).

Our 'recruit locally first' policy is working as at the last count 95.9% of our people come to work via public transport. Over 53% of our people live locally (within 3 miles) which is 65% more since our 'recruit locally first' policy began.

Business Mileage

Three Since monitoring started we’ve reduced the number of cars we need by 50% to just 3 cars. And, how we use company cars continues to improve. With car booking integrally (connected to booking diary appointments) we’ve maximised the availability and use of the cars we have. Efficient car use has seen a reduction in ‘dead time’ (when cars not used) by 68%. Whilst the use of cars may increase with the growth of the business, Ringley is on a mission to minimise this by continuing to support car sharing and by buying efficient, low emission hybrid vehicles or switching to alternative ways of transport.

We’ve also achieved a reduction in travel by proximity mapping when planning the 'thousand plus site inspections' we have to carry out each year. Technology has enabled us to see which clients are due site inspections and then to understand other postcodes in close proximity in order to maximise the use of our time out on site.

Further on, to increase the usefulness of 'out on-site time' and reduce unnecessary extra visits, since 2010 we’ve emailed all owners to tell them “we’re coming to site”. This gives our customers the opportunity to meet us then and there and to tell us about things they want us to look at, thus saving extra visits' times.

Paper Consumption & Paper Processing

Ringley is firmly committed to reducing its paper consumption. Strategies include:
  • Intelligent procurement: e-procurement means works orders are sent by email and SMS. And www.Ringleypanel.co.uk has reduced by 92% the 22,000+ paper invoices we used to process each year. Now, contractors simply go to www.Ringleypanel.co.uk to upload or for smaller suppliers to use our ‘invoice builder module’ to build their invoices on-line.
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  • Demands by email: delivered 2012 and supported by a campaign ‘Go paperless’ and choose email service charge demands and other communications.Marketing postage costs continue to fall!.
  • Education: paper has 2 sides, use both! Printers are set to default double-sided printing.
  • Staff Intranet: Our intranet has made HR paperless and delivers key reports to your screen.
  • Records Champion: appointed 2012 to drive forward our ‘go paperless programme’.
    Back records held have reduced from 10 years to 3, the target is 1 year and paperless processes to eliminate paper at source. So far 14 processes have been identified thereby eliminating paper eliminated at source. Consequently, paper waste per person is 1.2kg p/w to the average office user at 5kg p/w. 48 trees saved pa.
Paper Paper consumption which approximates at 46.8kg is much lower than the average for office user of 60kg. Down 50% from when we first started. We’ve even appointed a ‘Records Champion’ to get all archives electronic and advise, prioritise and plan which processes can become paperless. Site Inspectors are now doing their inspection checklists on handheld devices which we estimate has cut out a minimum of 29,010 sheets of paper by making just 1 task paperless. The possibilities are rather exciting.

Paper Recycling

Five We produce less paper waste than most companies of our size: our weight per employee is low so over the course of the last 12 months (July 2011 - July 2012) we have saved 48 trees from our recycling efforts.
Total trees saved to date 48 trees. (2012 figures).

Electricity

Six Not only do we buy electricity from renewable sources, by using a Renewable Energy Certification System (RECS), we have also reduced our electricity consumption by almost 33% since monitoring begun.

Strategies include that since 2010 we’ve switched off our air-conditioning for at least 100 days a year, saving thousands! We’ve put timers on all heaters and fans as well as photocopiers and water boilers. We also bought cages to put round the air-con switches so it runs at optimal conditions.

Bicycle Loans

Seven Ringley’s ride to work policy means that we provide interest free staff loans to Ringley people who want to buy a bicycle.

In 2010 we built a secure bicycle storage facility at our offices. We also installed a shower.

Carbon Reduction Policy & Staff Awareness

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Our Green Policies Are Working : Key Facts & Ideas:

Know the facts: The optimum working temperature is 19C. Energy costs rise by 8% for every 1C temperature increase. On average there are 45 days the temperature is over 23-25C and 213 days the temperature is below 18C, so that makes 107 days we don´t need heating & air con at all.

Don´t heat/cool the building when not necessary!

Know the facts: Sunlight is FREE we have reduced artificial light; this also helps avoid sick building syndrome. We have motion sensors in our toilets and training rooms

Our energy supplier generates its energy for renewable sources. That´s right: we have switched to only using wind, water and solar power in accordance with the Renewable Energy Certification System (RECS).

We’ve installed timers to ensure lighting, fans, the hot water boiler and key equipment is switched off at the end of each day.

Know the facts: Lighting an average office wastes enough energy to make 1,000 cups of tea. Our Cat 5 lighting is energy efficient and we use daylight bulbs so we need less bulbs as well as energy saving fittings. They last 12 times longer & consume 1/5th less energy & save 90% in running costs.

Our policy is to turn off PC´s & equipment at night and we have Local Cooling power management tool which optimises PC energy settings and calculates savings in Greenhouse Gas emissions.

Know the facts: A monitor left on overnight could print 800 pages or microwave 6 dinners. The C02 emission from just 15 computers is equivalent to the gas consumption of 1 car. An average office waste £6,000 a year by leaving equipment on standby. Switching off your monitor at lunch time can reduce 1/3 of the C02 produced by the PC.

Our policy is to turn off photocopiers at night. It is estimated this saving equates to making 35 cups of tea or copying 1,500 pages. We have installed voltage meters and timer switches on key equipment.

Known the facts: Offices use about 1000 sheets (4 feet) of paper per person each year.

Paper has two sides; our policy is to use BOTH. Specific printers have set jobs to minimize accidental or user waste.

Ringley’s Carbon Offset Programme

Through ‘Trees for cities’ Ringley offsets 100% of the CO2 emissions created. We are always happy to hear about locations customers, stakeholders and our local community would like us to support so if you would like to nominate an inner city area please email : quality@Ringley.co.uk

Our Green Approach to Property Management

Ten As responsible Managing Agents we feel that it is our duty to our customers as well as to Society at large to adopt "Green" principles to development consultancy and when managing buildings to minimize any negative impact on the environment. Often this also reduces costs for our customers too.

We train our people to have an awareness of green principles and have put together a ‘green tool-kit’ to identify to Property Managers opportunities:


  • Low energy light bulbs for communal lighting;
  • Movement sensors to reduce energy consumption in hallways;
  • Photocell sensors to automatically adjust external lighting to daylight hours;
  • Thermostats for any common parts heating;
  • Green or economy utility tariffs understanding green energy and how to look for a supplier who is a member of the Renewable Energy Certification System (RECS).
  • SMART metering – not only improves Client cashflow but also protects from rampant overcharging by utility companies and helps us establish real unit consumption. This intelligence is usually the first step to evaluate proposed investment in energy efficiency measures;
  • Loft insulation claiming available grant monies and remembering blocks of flats have lofts;
  • Cavity wall insulation using grant monies to improve energy efficiency;
  • Recycling facilities ensuring Council’s provide sufficient facilities;
  • Recycling stations our notices on notice boards and regular emails identify bulk recycling points;
  • Bicycle use we’ve put together a factsheet on secure bicycle storage options;
  • Promoting Car Clubs – our notices on notice boards and regular emails identify the nearest car clubs;
  • Environmentally friendly detergents – we ask suppliers to declare if they use environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Environmentally friendly paint – a cost benefit analysis for clients to promote environmentally friendly paint for redecorations;
  • Replacing windows to reduce future maintenance – cost benefit analysis for replacing single glazed casement windows beyond resin repair with PVC windows eliminating CO2 emissions from future chemical paint, scaffolding lorries etc…
  • In-situ repairs – for quality sash windows using resin repair technology;
  • Composting garden waste – we’ve put together a factsheet on garden waste and recycling;
  • Plants & planting - we’ve put together a ‘best low maintenance plants list’ to promote using plants that need little or no watering and are drought resistant;
  • Garden water – we’ve put together a selection of suitable water butts for blocks of flats to store or harvest rainwater for car washing or watering;
  • Car charging points – on new build sites we’re working with developers to get car charging points installed where we can;
  • Ground source heating – we’re running sites with ground source heating;
  • Wind turbines, solar panels – we’re discussing clean energy generation at key locations.
  • Heat recovery systems – we’re running sites with heat recovery systems.
Other sites within our portfolio include the following features:
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • A hydro-generator (wind turbine on a river/water mill)
  • Wild flower areas to attract species
  • Protected wildlife – bats, newts, bug boxes (butterflies and ladybirds)
  • Electric car charging points
  • Solar roof panels
  • Green roofs
  • District heating systems
  • On-site gymnasiums
  • A cricket pitch and pavilion
  • A 3 Hectare area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Private woodlands
  • Irrigation systems
Promoting green channels for business
  • It's all on-line - invoices, copy demands, payment lists, insurance policies, site reports, individual accounts, minutes of meetings etc… to discourage unnecessary paper use;
  • Easy payments – we support bank transfer, direct debit, credit card payments as the preferred options to cheques;
  • Demands by email – campaigns from 2012 to reduce paper demands;
  • Email mail-merges – our people win holidays for using e-merge channels;
  • Conference calls – through education “virtual meetings” are becoming more popular and are a great way to engage with Clients and reduce CO2 emissions;

Promoting & Supporting Sustainable Construction

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When involved with property development schemes, Ringley works with development partners to deliver sustainability objectives. Yes, it is the developer who incorporates sustainability into the build but our contribution is to build an understanding of the longer term issues and to ensure these are reflected in a development’s management thereafter.


Areas where we have something to offer include advice on:

Planning Energy Use

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  • Low energy internal lighting schemes – low energy fittings and bulbs, 24 hour background lighting (where necessary) supplemented with lighting controlled by movement sensors;
  • Low energy and security conscious external lighting schemes – use of photocells to sense daylight not timers, identifying dark spots that need lighting to reduce crime;
  • Common parts heating - thermostatically controlled wherever possible;
  • Renewable energy generation - Wind turbines, solar and other alternative energy systems;
  • Car charging points – suggestions on siting and quantity.

Implementation Of Travel Plans

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  • Realisation of travel plans: advice and suggestions:
    • bicycle stores, bicycle hoops etc;
    • car charging points;
    • local car clubs and negotiating corporate site wide membership;
    • local bicycle clubs;
    • transport connections;
    • charging points for electric cars;
    • local health centres;
  • Implementation of travel plan and maintaining on site travel plan notice boards.

Water Conservation & Re-use

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  • Water re-use – advice and suggestions to connecting surface water soak-aways to rainwater harvesting tanks to enable re-use of water for
    • garden watering;
    • car washing;
  • Rainwater harvesting – incorporation of water butts to harvest rainwater for garden use;
  • Water conservation – metering and tap-less water supplies to stop abuse and over-use;
  • Irrigation – suggestions on irrigation systems for pots, window boxes, troughs and planters;
  • Communal taps – for bin stores to enable hosing down and reduce the reliance on chemical cleaning fluids;

Plants and Horticulture

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  • Garden composting – designation on an area for on-site garden composting;
  • Planting schemes – suggestions of drought resistant low-maintenance plants that will perform well during the developers 12 month plant guarantee period.


Waste Management

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  • Recycling - arranging the introduction and installation of on-site recycling with Council’s refuse departments;
  • Garden composting – designation on an area for on-site garden composting;
  • Controlling pollution – understanding waste water discharge into rivers and streams, boreholes and other waste management installations which require ongoing management to avoid adverse impact on the environment.


Health & Well-being

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Developers of many larger schemes now provide leisure facilities for the benefit of the residents and often the wider community as well. Ringley supports and evaluates the ongoing management and maintenance costs & implications and advises on:

  • Leisure centres
  • Gymnasiums – wet rooms/WC’s, locker areas, split between aerobic and power equipment, access control systems, sound systems and CCTV sitting, equipment that can and cant be used in an un-manned gym, liability notices required, insurances required and how to plan induction processes;
  • Community rooms – engagement with local community groups and bookings;
  • Concierge stations – provision of TV plasma screens to enable real-time maintenance reporting on call outs etc…
  • Dry cleaning drop off stores - These range from gyms and swimming pools through to cycle paths, riverside walks and children's play areas . These all require carefully researched and often specialised management and maintenance regimes, for which we have developed strategies in conjunction with our developer clients.

Ecology & Protecting Natural Habitats

Eighteen Some new developments have Section 106 planning requirements concerning the maintenance of ecological habitats for particular wildlife species. We have experience with:

  • Badgers;
  • Bats;
  • Newts;
  • Bees;
  • Bird sanctuaries;
  • Snail Reserves;
  • Wilderness Corridors;
  • Insect boxes;
  • Ladybird houses;
  • Wildflower grasslands;
  • Native tree and shrub boundary planting;
  • Ornamental shrub and hedgerow planting;
  • Decorative tree planting;