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Thames Chase Trust

Thames Chase Trust encourages all businesses in Brentwood to engage with the Community Forest

“Thames Chase Trust is very pleased to be part of BEBA. As one of England’s Community Forests, we take great pride in reminding people that we are very fortunate to have a Community Forest in this landscape, particularly at a time when we all need to do our bit to respond to the climate and environment emergency. Thames Chase Trust encourages all businesses in Brentwood to engage with the Community Forest and to benefit from its existence. We look forward to working with BEBA and the increasing and diverse range of Brentwood businesses seeking to go green.”

Dave Bigden, Thames Chase Community Forest Director

Why did you sign the Pledge?

We are Thames Chase Trust, a charitable body responsible for 40 square miles of Community Forest on the edge of east London and south-west Essex known as Thames Chase Community Forest.  The northern part of Thames Chase is located in the borough of Brentwood and Brentwood Borough Council has been a long-standing partner in the Community Forest. Thames Chase Trust is represented on the BEBA Board to increase awareness to the Community Forest and to find ways in which the Forest can help businesses in Brentwood achieve their commitment to going green.

What changes are you making within your business?

The environment is at the core of our business. Thames Chase Community Forest has been transforming landscapes and transforming lives since 1990. On a daily basis, Thames Chase Trust continues to take steps to make our operations more sustainable, whether this be using digital services to reduce paper usage, or encouraging recycling not only of office materials but also food waste which is placed into our composting system for use in our Community Tree Nursery.

The Thames Chase Forest Centre is accessible by public transport, has facilities for cycle parking, and Thames Chase Trust has also installed an electric car charging point for staff. In addition to planting in excess of 1.3 million trees, creating or restoring over 41km of hedgerows, and in excess of 800 hectares of non-woodland habitat since 1990, Thames Chase also actively encourages walking and cycling across the Community Forest with the Forest Circle now in place providing a contiguous circular walking route around the 40 square miles of the Forest.

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Ground Control Ltd

Ground Control Ltd, a grounds maintenance firm, is committed to enhancing the physical environment

“The only way we will tackle the climate emergency is by businesses coming and working together, playing their part no matter how big or small. BEBA is a fantastic mechanism to enable local businesses in and around Brentwood to do exactly that, and I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of it.”

Sophie Stephens, Head of Environment & Sustainability

Why did you sign the Pledge?

The green pledge really aligns to values and sustainability commitments at Ground Control. We create better landscapes, nurture natural environments and construct spaces that bring people, places and the planet together. We are committed to enhancing and improving the physical environment with a vision to leave the World in a better place than we found it. As a large local employer based in Billericay we want to share the experiences of our carbon and wider environmental journey with other local business so we can learn and grow together to make Braintree a better place to live, work and play.

What changes are you making within your business?

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and we are focusing of four key areas where we feel we can make a difference.

  • Delivering biodiversity enhancements
  • Achieving carbon net zero
  • Sourcing and using materials responsibly
  • Delivering social value in the communities where we work.

At Ground Control we were very proud to be certified as carbon neutral in 2021 by the Carbon Trust. However, we recognise to make a real difference we must be carbon net zero and play our part in preventing global temperatures from rising above 1.5oC. As such we have formally committed to setting Science Based Targets and with the help of the Carbon Trust have recently calculated our full carbon footprint including those within our supply chain (scope 3)

Our primary focus so far has been on reducing the emissions in our direct operations:

  • We have switched to 100% renewable electricity supply
  • We are converting our fleet to fully electric and currently operate the largest Tesla fleet in Europe
  • We are converting our hand tools to battery powered and are using robotic mowers in places such as the Tower of London
  • We are incentivising our employees to switch to a renewable electricity supplier

We are incredibly proud of our Evergreen Fund, that dedicates 5% of our annual net profits to supporting environmental initiatives and carbon sequestration. This includes planting 1 million trees by 2025, much of which will be at our 296 acre Wildfell Centre for Environmental Recovery.

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Net Zero Carbon Introduction Webinar

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Location: Online webinar

In this webinar, we will give the wider context of climate change, the importance of the move to net zero carbon and the key role that businesses can play to help achieve the net zero objectives.

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Carbon Neutrality and Net Zero Pathway Webinar

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In this webinar, we will outline the process and key steps that businesses can follow on their journey to carbon neutrality and net zero.

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Carbon Neutrality Start Webinar

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Location: Online webinar

The very first step on for any organisation on the journey towards verified carbon neutrality is to measure their current carbon footprint. In this webinar, we will provide an understanding of different types and quality of carbon footprints and the process and steps to measure your carbon footprint.

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Carbon Reduction Webinar

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Once you have a carbon footprint, you can start developing a plan for reducing your carbon emissions. Standards subject to verification or certification require organisations to implement a carbon reduction plan. In this webinar, we will outline some of the actions that businesses can take to tackle their carbon emissions.

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Dealing with Carbon Residual Webinar

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Reducing carbon emissions can take time and organisations seeking verification of their carbon neutrality also need to deal with residual carbon emissions. In this webinar, we will outline the way in which businesses can manage residual emissions, in particular carbon offsets, and some of the key considerations.

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Beyond Carbon Webinar

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BEBA is concerned with the wider sustainability of the Brentwood area and there are aspects other than carbon emissions to take into account. In this webinar, we will discuss some of the other considerations when thinking about the wider sustainability aspects of businesses.

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Axis Europe PLC

Axis Europe specialise in the improvement and maintenance of Housing, Heritage, Education, Public and Commercial properties.

“It’s really exciting to be part of this new initiative and really encouraging to be in the company of many great organisations all striving to achieve the same goal.”

Ollie Refson, Sustainability and Quality Manager

Why did you sign the Pledge?

Axis Europe specialise in the improvement and maintenance of Housing, Heritage, Education, Public and Commercial properties. We are dedicated to improving the living conditions of people’s housing and the environment we live and work in. We signed the pledge to do better and encourage others to join us on our journey.

What changes are you making within your business?

Last year was a big step for Axis. We mapped out our entire carbon footprint and put in tangible reduction goals to ensure we are on track to Net Zero by 2050. We have ensured all our paintbrushes are carbon neutral and eco-friendly, recycled every paint can we use and increased our diversion to landfill rate to 97%. As a company we have began planting trees for every employee who has done their first year at Axis and we are on track to plant our 1000th tree!

We know there is a very long way to go to have a real tangible impact on the environment and to see large scale emission reduction. That is why we have begun to electrify are fleet and phase out gas use in our offices. We know there is a big challenge ahead, but we are very excited to tackle it.

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Zest Recycle

Zest Recycle, a recycling and waste management company, is dedicated to helping businesses make green choices

“Across the company, we are making changes to ensure we are delivering our vision. We want to be an instrumental partner for businesses striving to implement more sustainable waste management practices that deliver on shared environmental and social aspirations.”

Tony McPartland, Managing Director

Why did you sign the Pledge?

Here at Zest Recycle, positive environmental actions truly sit at the heart of what we do, so signing the pledge was a natural choice for us. We believe that, by making connections, finding solutions, and building partnerships, we can help businesses to develop sustainable waste management practices. Through our partnership with BEBA, we can help businesses develop bespoke resource management plans and optimise processes so that they are good for both our clients and the environment.

What changes are you making within your business?

We have recently joined the Good Business Charter, which demonstrates our commitment to environmental responsibility in the way in which we conduct our business and in setting a path to net-zero carbon.

We have also recently become a Gold Investor in Wildlife, Corporate Member for the Essex Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservation charity. They are committed to protecting wildlife, inspiring a lifelong love of nature, and tackling the current climate crisis.

Our latest accreditation includes our membership to the Living Wage Foundation, committing us as a business to pay our employees a real living wage and not just the minimum standards set by the government, now and moving forward.

In terms of our business operations, we are currently in the process of moving our company vehicles to electric vehicles to minimise carbon emissions wherever possible. We are also holding meetings virtually whenever we can, to minimise the amount of avoidable travel required, and to reduce our staff members’ carbon footprint. We are also gradually switching to paperless working by embedding more sustainable working practices and becoming more digitally focused.

One of the key components of our business model is that our services are delivered through a network of regional, specialised supply chain partners, meaning we can provide our customers with sustainable solutions that work for them and their unique circumstances, looking to minimise waste miles wherever possible for our clients and help them reduce our clients’ carbon footprint.

The service we provide to our customers are operated in line with the Waste Hierarchy principle meaning that we aim to prevent and reduce waste wherever possible, for instance, we have partnered with Reyooz.com, which provides a sustainable reuse option for office furniture.