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Carbon Reduction Plan

Supplier name: Atlas Facilities Management Ltd

Commitment to achieving Net Zero: Atlas Facilities Management Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2) and 2035(Scope 3).

Baseline Emissions Footprint

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions.  Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

Baseline Year: 2018/19

Additional Details relating to the Baseline Emissions calculations. FY18/19 is the baseline year for Atlas Facilities Management Ltd future carbon reporting.

The Carbon Emissions detailed within this Carbon Reduction Plan are calculated in accordance with the GHG Corporate Accounting & Reporting Standard and the GHG Protocol Scope 3 Technical Guidance.

The operational boundary has been set using the Business Assurance and Management Approach.  This is restricted to the UK as we only operate within the country with full financial control over our operations. All greenhouse gas emissions are reported in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (TCO2e) to account for all seven of the Kyoto Protocol GHG’s. Additional Scope 3 reporting of carbon emissions has been undertaken in the current reporting year compared to the baseline year.

Baseline year emissions: FY18/19

EMISSIONS TOTAL (tCO2e)

Scope 1 – 104.61

Scope 2 – 3.19

Scope 3 (Included Sources) – 42.27 (Waste, water and expensed fuel)

Total Emissions 150.07

Current Emissions Reporting

Reporting Year: FY20/21

EMISSIONS TOTAL (tCO2e)

Scope 1 – 66.28

Scope 2 – 1.81

Scope 3 (Included Sources) – 23.63 (Waste, water and expensed fuel, business travel data (rail / air / hotel), upstream / downstream transportation, employee commuting and emissions from EV charging)

Total Emissions 91.72

Emissions reduction targets

To continue our progress for achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions prior to the Government’s target of 2050, we have adopted the following carbon reduction targets.

  • Committed to a Net Zero Carbon Target by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2)
  • Committed to a Net Zero Carbon Target by 2035 (Scope 3)
  • Public commitment for a Data/ science Based Target, working with external sustainable consultants Planetly (April 2022)

Strategy

  1. To eliminate all Scope 1 emissions (Fossil fuels) from our operations by 2028
  2. To adopt natural renewable sources for Scope 2 emissions (in review)
  3. To measure, report & influence Scope 3 emissions throughout the value chain to align with Points 1 & 2 above. Through our collaboration with Planetly, we are cross referencing Atlas Facilities Management Ltd Scope 3 compliance through our cleaning solution and chemical options.

The significant reduction in emissions 2020/21 was primarily due to the effect of the Covid 19 pandemic which suppressed the scope of our normal operations patterns.  Assuming that in 2022, demand and scope return to similar pre-Covid levels, we project that carbon emissions will decrease over the next five years to 93.64 tCO2e (all three scopes) by 2027. This is a reduction of 37.60% based on the 2018/19 baseline year emissions.

Carbon Reduction Projects

Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives

The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since 2019. The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes so far equates to 31.35 tCO2e

Clean sources of energy

Atlas Facilities Management Ltd is working toward Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) policies and so far our Sussex office is completely run on sustainable measures via solar power. Atlas Facilities Management Ltd is growing its electric vehicle (EV) fleet in the UK, with over 43 currently on the road. We aim to attain 100% green fleet by 2030 and to support this, our supply chain partners are ahead of us with over 44% of their delivery fleets already electric or hybrid powered. Our next steps are supporting new tree growth in local communities we serve to offset our carbon usage. For each new client site we service we will plant enough trees to offset the carbon value of the new contract based on our current metrics.

Energy efficiency

Energy optimisation measures have been implemented, identifying an annual carbon saving of 27 tonnes, including the replacement of gas boilers, with electric air-conditioning systems or solar power.  We are improving insulation, and upgrading controls systems. We have implemented smart routes for our mobile cleaning, security and pest control operations.

Over 41% of our cleaning equipment fleet is now battery powered, and this will continue.  We have persuaded several clients to move evening/night shifts to daytime thus reducing the use of heat and light in those build. Continuing to transitioning to these low-carbon alternatives will further improve our energy consumption and decarbonise our heating systems and operations. 21 of our 24 regional offices are earmarked for CAPEX refurbishment projects, including installing LED lighting systems, boiler replacement, upgraded insulation and building management systems, so they can be monitored remotely.  These will be completed by end of 2023.

  • Our largest carbon emissions relate to our vehicle fleet and Atlas Facilities Management Ltd are committed to replacing them with zero carbon emission electric vehicles by 2030.
  • We use our supplier Hayes Hygiene as a distribution hub for many of our smaller suppliers thus significantly reducing logistics journeys to our contracts. They simply deliver to one of Hayes 3 distribution centres for combined delivery with Hayes and other supplier orders.
  • Nineteen boiler replacement opportunities have been identified and two buildings are currently being assessed to replace their boilers with heat pumps.
  • Atlas Facilities Management Ltd in close collaboration with our strategic waste management partners has increased recycling rates to over 43% and all other waste is diverted from landfill to produce energy. Clients such as Pure Gym, The British Library, Arsenal F.C.’s Emirates Stadium and CBS Viacom have all benefitted from our waste management innovation.
  • Training and awareness programmes are being updated and expanded to clarify carbon reduction targets and methods throughout our workforce and customer user groups.
  • Atlas actively promote flexible and remote working (via Teams) wherever possible to reduce travel and accommodation requirements. The Covid 19 pandemic has removed much of the pre-pandemic anxiety and hesitation within our clients to make use of this efficiency.
  • We continue to collaborate with our supply chain and Planetly, a sustainability consultancy, to assist and influence and benchmark carbon reduction throughout the value chain with data driven methods.

Pace of change in reducing emissions

Atlas Facilities Management Ltd is not goal oriented toward an in-house Sustainability Consultancy at present  because we are utilising our current departments to synchronise a task force. We believe having a task force to push sustainability merit will differentiate carbon consciousness down and engage with all levels of our working community and operational teams. To drive the pace of carbon emission and environmental understanding we aim to partner with Planetly who pioneer data led initiatives and transform companies to have a carbon conscious working-economy.

We will remove single use plastic products from our operations and supply chain by the end of 2023. We have already diverted all new products supplied to be made from recycled or biodegradable plastic.  An example is all Atlas uniforms are now made from either single materials such as 100% cotton so they can be recycled; or over 24% of our uniforms are made from recycled polyester yarn which is recovered from plastic drinks bottles.  This transition will continue.

All current cleaning operations already use either chemical free cleaning, (>30K sq ft), or, a sustainable, plant based Zero Harm chemical range manufactured in the UK by Evans Vanodine.  Wherever possible we will transition more contracts to chemical free cleaning but we working our supply chain to develop a commercially viable chemical free solution for smaller buildings which would transform the transition as only 23% of our current client buildings are large enough to benefit from this.

In the future we will implement further measures such as:

  • Continuing our fleet transition to electric vehicles by 2030
  • Replace gas fired boilers across our estate to reduce our Scope 1 carbon emissions.
  • Work with clients to influence them to achieve ‘green’ low carbon energy on our behalf.
  • Continue to optimise use of re-usable equipment and methods to remove single use items wherever possible, from our operations and therefore further reduce our waste and associated carbon emissions.
  • Through extending the use of pulse mops to reduce our water consumption by at least 3% year on year.
  • To significantly improve our measurement, reporting and influence of our supply chain emissions, though our work with Planetly.

Declaration and Sign Off

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance, associated guidance, and reporting standards for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been presented in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with the Government’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) with further data to be provided by Planetly in April 2022 .

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors

Date: 16 February 2022