The UK Government has introduced a series of commitments for delivering sustainable operations for Government departments to achieve. The Food Standards Agency strives to meet the Greening Government commitments, and we are committed to being open and transparent about how well we are doing.
Although the Greening Government commitments apply to England only, all of our offices apply sustainability initiatives to reflect them, where possible. Most of the policies cover all of our offices and staff.
The FSA is committed to delivering a sustainable estate and reducing the environmental impact of our operations. The FSA environmental policy is available at the link below.
Environmental management system
In order to meet the Greening Government commitments and follow best practice across government, we have implemented an environmental management system (EMS) in our London office. An EMS provides us with a framework for managing environmental responsibilities efficiently in a way that is integrated into our overall operations.
Procurement provides an opportunity to meet the commitment, made by the FSA and by other Government departments, to practices that promote sustainability. This can be achieved by considering sustainability during the procurement process.
The FSA procurement team is committed to continually improving its performance on sustainability, in both internal and external procurement functions. This includes:
- complying with all relevant UK Government policies and Government buying standards on sustainable development and sustainable procurement, and all relevant legislation and regulations
- establishing sustainable development as a clear feature of procurement decision making, and ensuring that colleagues follow this policy
- setting and monitoring relevant sustainability objectives and targets, and reporting progress regularly through clear, consistent processes
- educating, training and motivating colleagues to work in a sustainably responsible manner, and contributing to the development of new ideas and initiatives
- communicating with colleagues about sustainability issues and best practice, and co-operating with the public and private sectors to develop and promote sustainably sound practices
- ensuring that sustainability principles are given due consideration at each stage of the procurement process
- striving to improve the sustainability performance of all FSA procurement activities, including travel, marketing and communications, information communication technology, estates management, and domestic procurement
Procurement of food and catering services in our London office is provided by ARAMARK.
ARAMARK policy statements for food procurement and waste.
The FSA has a wellbeing strategy for employees, which includes an employee assistance programme, an anti-bullying and harassment campaign and a stress policy.
From 1 June 2011, the opportunity to apply for one day's paid special leave per year to support the activities of voluntary organisations that make an impact on local or national communities, was made available to all staff in the FSA.
Accounting for sustainability
As part of its sustainable development strategy, the Government has introduced sustainability reporting via an organisation's annual report and accounts. We incorporate sustainability reporting into the FSA Annual Report as part of this commitment.
Carbon reduction and energy efficiency
CRC energy efficiency scheme
The CRC energy efficiency scheme is a mandatory emissions trading scheme for large public and private sector organisations in the UK that aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through energy efficiency. The more CO2 we emit, the more allowances we have to purchase. As a UK Government department, the FSA is a mandated participant, and our London, Cardiff and Belfast offices participate in the scheme.
Government carbon offsetting facility
In 2009, the FSA joined the government carbon offsetting facility scheme to meet the Government commitment to offset carbon emissions from official air travel. Membership of this scheme is compliant with the Kyoto Protocol. By carbon offsetting we help maintain the FSA's reputation within Government as a leader in sustainable operations.
Display Energy Certificate
Since 1 October 2008, public buildings in the UK over 1,000m2 must exhibit a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) prominently at all times. DECs are based upon actual energy usage of a building and increase transparency about the energy efficiency of public buildings. A copy of the latest certificates for the London and Belfast offices are available below.
Sustainability on the FSA's estate
The FSA is committed to energy and water efficiency, recycling and reducing its carbon emissions. Graphs showing our electricity, gas and water consumption and waste recycling on the FSA's estate in Aviation House, London.
Regular testing of air conditioning
The air handling plant in the London office is maintained and inspected regularly. We hold a copy of the current inspection report on the Aviation House air conditioning plant on site.
Targets have been set across government in respect of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The FSA is required to report, on an annual basis, its carbon emissions from business travel. By reducing unnecessary travel and ensuring that essential travel is managed in a sustainable manner, the FSA can contribute to the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases, improve local air quality, minimise health risks and reduce congestion.
More information on the Greening Government commitments can be found on the Defra website at the link below.
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The Food Standards Agency is committed to energy and water efficiency, recycling and reducing its carbon emissions from its estate. The graphs relate to the FSA's estate in Aviation House in London, and show our electricity, gas and water consumption as well as how much we are recycling.