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Johnson Controls Inaugurates OpenBlue Innovation Centre at Global HQ in Cork

Johnson Controls has opened an OpenBlue Innovation Centre in its global headquarter’s building at One Albert Quay in Cork, Ireland to provide a future-ready built environment to showcase to customers. The new centre belongs to an international network of OpenBlue Innovation Centres which are pioneering new ways of providing smart, healthy and sustainable spaces for customers. “We are very pleased…

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Aramark Receives DiversityInc Recognition

Aramark has been recognized by DiversityInc has recognised Aramark as a Top Company for Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for the first time, also recognising the foodservice and facility services provider as a “Top 50” company for diversity for a sixth consecutive year. During the 21st annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity event hosted by DiversityInc, the producers of the most…

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Republic Services and Archaea Energy to Develop U.S. Renewable Natural Gas Projects

Republic Services, Inc., and renewable natural gas (RNG) producer have announced a new joint venture to develop 39 RNG projects across the United States. The partnership, the country’s largest RNG portfolio build-out to date, will convert landfill gas into pipeline-quality RNG that can be used for a variety of applications to displace gas from fossil fuels. The initiative is expected…

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EV Investment Saves 29,000 Tonnes of CO2 Annually

UK Family-owned supply specialist PPS has demonstrated its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by purchasing three electric vans, saving more than 29,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. The investment has seen the business enhance its fleet of delivery vehicles with the addition of the new Maxus eDeliver9, along with the installation of four rapid charging points at its warehouse…

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BSI Standard Addresses Vulnerable Consumers

With consumers across the world experiencing a cost of living crisis, a newly published international standard sets out how organizations can design and deliver an inclusive service to minimise harm to vulnerable consumers. BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, publishes new guidance on how organizations can minimize harm in the design and delivery of fair, flexible…

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Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Survey Reports Increasing Investment in Smart Energy

Johnson Controls has announced findings from its 15th annual Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey with 62 per cent of organisations in the survey sample reporting they expect to increase investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy or smart building technology in 2022, indicating a return to pre-pandemic levels.   The latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advised…

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UAE Hotels Include Sustainable Straws in Luxury Guest Experience

A partnership between Finnish eco materials company Sulapac and Dubai-based sustainability startup BIRD Collaborative has seen millions of sustainable straws made from a patented wood chip and plant resin delivered to luxury hotels, restaurants, wellness centres and clubs in the United Arab Emirates since 2021. Hotels already offering the sustainable straws as part of the guest experience include The St.…

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Johnson Controls Named to 2022 FT European Climate Leaders List

Johnson Controls has been named to the FT Climate Leaders in Europe list for a second consecutive year. Europe’s 2022 Climate Leaders list recognises companies that have shown the highest reduction of their emissions intensity between 2015 and 2020 as measured by greenhouse gas emissions relative to revenue. The company was one of only 400 selected from more than 4,000…

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City of London Corporation Announces ‘Clean City Awards’ Winners

A City of London firm which prevented food waste by delivering 80,000 meals to families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic has been selected for one of the UK’s top environmental awards. Global investment management giant Barings was recognised in the Clean City Awards which are organised by the City of London Corporation to celebrate organisations that are leading on…

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The Role of Tech in Tackling Spiralling Business Costs and Climate Change

Jamie Cameron, Director of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls, explains why organisations are increasingly relying on technology to deliver operational energy savings whilst tackling climate change. Against a backdrop of myriad problems, from spiralling energy costs to inflation rates higher than seen for 30 years, the topic of energy efficiency has come back into sharp focus. With firms struggling to…

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Supporting Hyperscale Data Operators with Sustainability

Johnson Controls is leveraging its Silent-Aire solutions to support hyperscale data centres in meeting ambitious sustainability targets. The company’s Data Centre Solutions platform focuses on improving water and energy conversation; including the conservation of resources used by air-cooled chillers, liquid cooling, combination air handler units (AHUs), future-ready refrigerants and prefabricated modular data centres. Mission-critical data centre operations typically require significant…

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Leveraging Technology to Support Hungry Communities

ISS Guckenheimer has teamed with certified woman and minority-owned food recovery and distribution business Goodr to reroute surplus food from corporate cafeterias and dining venues to people in need. A primary challenge to businesses operating in the food services industry is creating enough product to meet customer need demand while also minimising excess production in order to keep costs down…

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How FM can Help Customers Achieve their Sustainability Goals

Katrina Hazewell, Environment and Sustainability Manager at ABM UK, explains the important role facilities management companies can pay in furthering environmental sustability at client organisations. In today’s world we have the choice to buy better in almost all parts of our everyday life. From the way we travel and what we wear, to what we do with the waste we…

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WBCSD Welcomes Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), an organisation of over 200 forward-looking companies. As a leader in smart, healthy buildings, sustainability has been a central focus of Johnson Control’s operations for decades. The company was one of the earliest to report emissions and pledge emission reductions and has made tremendous progress – reducing carbon…

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BM Celebrates Third Successive Planet Mark

Caterer Bartlett Mitchell (BM) has been awarded Planet Mark accreditation for a third successive year after reducing its carbon footprint by 26 per cent, with the company also committing to a further 5 per cent decrease in its latest CSER report which was released this week. As part of the accreditation, the company, which reported on its pro-rated carbon reduction…

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New Self-Assessment Tool to Support Cooperative and Community Bionergy Projects

Following the International Energy Agency’s publication of a 10-Point Plan for reducing the European Union’s reliance on Russian natural gas, BECoop is launching a new assessment tool to help cooperative and community organisations realise the full potential of bioenergy projects. Earlier studies by BECoop, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, have demonstrated wide variations in knowledge and acceptance…

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Transforming Waste-derived CO2 into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

One of the first synthetic eFuel production units in Europe could be implemented at LIPOR’s Energy Recovery Plant near Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto. With an innovative technology configuration and design, it is set to revolutionize the waste-to-energy industry while simultaneously decarbonizing the aviation sector. An interdisciplinary consortium, formed by LIPOR (Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto), P2X Europe and Veolia…

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Philadelphia Eagles Continue Sustainability Winning Streak

The Philadelphia Eagles’ commitment to holding sustainable sporting fixtures and corporate events has been further recognized following the re-certification of its Go Green program, the Lincoln Financial Field stadium, and the NovaCare Complex to international standard ISO 20121. ISO 20121 addresses the management of improved sustainability throughout an organization’s event cycle, provides guidance, and tracks progress to ensure full compliance…

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RPS Secures Place on CCS Construction Framework

RPS has been appointed by Crown Commercial Services (CCS) onto the Urban Regeneration Lot of the Construction Professional Services Framework (CPS).   CCS is an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office, supporting the public sector in the UK to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21 CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits…

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Sustainable Cleaning and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Global hygiene products manufacturer Diversey Holdings considers some of the lessons learnt by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses large and small rushed to introduce additional and stricter cleaning and hygiene processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The overriding requirement has been to protect customers and staff while also providing additional reassurance by cleaning more frequently and more visibly. Ready-to-use products…

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Compass Supports Climate Net Zero Ambition with New Supply Chain Policies

Compass Group UK & Ireland has introduced supply chain changes to better support its transition to Climate Net Zero by 2030. With a focus on sustainable, local sourcing, the new policy announcements include: Banning air freight of fresh fruit and vegetable produce – the ban will see a focus on further increasing the use of local and seasonal products, with…

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Energy Performance Certificates: Going Back to the UK’s Future?

Saurabh Saxena, founder of Buy To Let and AI property evaluation platform houzen, explains how artificial intelligence is delivering better value from EPCs in the UK. 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in the United Kingdom. Originally a requirement of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC and enshrined in UK law by the Housing Act…

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Why Ocean-bound Plastic Could Soon Have a Place in your Office

Oliver Cripps, Sustainability Manager for Herman Miller, explains why upcycling ocean-bound plastics for use in offices is a logical extension of product life cycle planning. COP26 has now been and gone, but the focus by companies to consider sustainability as a fundamental aspect of the way they do business remains critical in the path to reaching net zero. Across industries,…

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Schools Achieve European GRESB Benchmark Rankings

21.10.2021, 19:48 Schools Achieve European GRESB Benchmark Rankings Two UK schools managed under a PFI contract by BAM FM have been assessed and ranked against the global GRESB Environmental, Social and Governance benchmark for real estate.   The schools in Somerset and West Dunbartonshire achieved fourth and seventh place respectively in the annual GRESB Infrastructure Asset Assessment for ‘Northern Europe Schools (Classes…

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EcoVadis Silver for Sustainability

23.09.2021, 14:07 EcoVadis Silver for Sustainability UK Soft services provider Churchill Group has been awarded a Silver medal by EcoVadis in recognition of its sustainable practices and policies. EcoVadis, which is widely-acknowledged as one of the most comprehensive sustainability assessment tools, globally, evaluates and grades organisations across four key business functions or pillars of operation: environment; labour and human rights;…

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Kickstarting Customer Journeys to Net Zero

14.09.2021, 08:55 Kickstarting Customer Journeys to Net Zero Mitie has introduced new ‘Plan Zero BoltON’ packages to support existing clients with meeting their decarbonisation targets. The options for existing client accounts focus on four, distinct pathways; namely “Pulse” for remote building management, “Shine” for photovoltaic (solar) energy, “Glow” for lighting optimisation and “Charge” for electic vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, which…

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The Impact of Brexit on Future Workspaces

08.09.2021, 00:20 The Impact of Brexit on Future Workspaces A collaboration between UK trade body, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and the Supply Chain Sustainability School, is working to deliver Net Zero carbon emissions within the finishes and interiors sector. Following the establishment of a virtual training portal that is being hosted on the Supply Chain Sustainability School website, a…

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Coffee Partnership to Support the Homeless

A partnership at Southend University Hospital between social enterprise Change Please and Compass Group UK&I – Healthcare will help reduce local levels of homelessness. Change Please raises money for charitable causes through the sales of its award-winning coffee. Originally launched in London to train homeless people to serve its coffee as a means of getting off the streets, the organisation…

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Driving Charge Point Infrastructure

02.08.2021, 10:09 Driving Charge Point Infrastructure Mitie has supported Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual insurance, pensions and investment company, with the installation of ten electric vehicle (EV) charge points. The installation at the investment company’s office in Alderley Park marks a landmark moment for Mitie which has now installed over 850 EV charge points at customer locations across the…

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Transforming Wellbeing at Work

29.07.2021, 11:18 Transforming Wellbeing at Work A new report from Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, includes insights from EMCOR UK and other leading companies and business organisations on the measures business can take to transform wellbeing at work.   ‘What if your Job was Good For You?’ describes best practices in collaborative workplaces which adopt an individual…

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Essex Schools Solar Panel Installations

05.07.2021, 14:18 Essex Schools Solar Panel Installations Mitie has supported Essex County Council with the installation of roof mounted solar panels at fifteen schools across the county. The panels will generate 700,000 kWh of energy which is equivalent to powering 185 homes a year or saving 180 tonnes of CO2 and around £115,000 annually, and are part of a wider…

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