The iconic global insurance company Lloyd's of London has named climate change one of the biggest threats facing global business alongside terrorism, political instability and natural catastrophes
ACS is committed to conserving environmental resources, and as such the following guidelines from True Green™ Work an essential and practical guide for every Australian Workplace have been adhered to:
ACS is committed to the highest standards of business practice. The conservation of resources particularly water and energy is among ACS highest priorities. All relevant local, state and federal laws, regulations and standards will be adhered to in all business operations.
The following general principles have been adopted and are enforced
Management will design, implement, manage and monitor all business activities. The primary focus of these activities will be the cost effective operation of all activities. Management will take steps to ensure that resources will not be wasted or misused.
ACS have developed work methods which emphasise minimum usage of water and energy. Where possible, machines will recycle water. Work methods will reflect the correct usage of machinery and equipment as specified by the manufacturer.
ACS will only select and utilise machinery and equipment that produces low emissions, can utilise alternative fuels such as LPG and are appropriate for the prescribed task. Equipment will be selected on the basis of efficiency.
ACS has implemented a maintenance program whereby manufacturer's recommendations are followed in order to achieve the most efficient and reliable operation of all equipment. For large equipment maintenance contracts have been implemented.
Staff have been trained in the safe and proper handling of all equipment. For larger equipment staff are trained and certified by the manufacturer's representative.
All activities of ACS staff and contractors will be supervised to ensure compliance with this procedure.
ACS has entered into a contract for the purchase of 5,000 tonnes of carbon credits this equates to approximately 5,000 trees protected. The credits will be generated as a result of projects being conducted by Carbon Strategic Pty Limited in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.
These projects will result in ACS acquiring Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) credits which are carbon credits generated by the highest quality projects run by the world's largest REDD developers resulting in;
ACS has invested into the environment $1.5m in the purchase of the Carbon Credits which is considered an excessive purchase for the size of the company, industry expectation and the minimal claim we will have against the credits. We do this as our business philosophy embraces environmental protection and allows us to assist our business partners in leveraging off our credits.
ACS will drive green work practices through innovative solutions
ACS will establish a Workplace Eco-Efficiency Committee consisting of management, staff and partners to continually review existing systems and processes to improve our eco-efficiencies. The meetings will be held by way of conference call or interactive web based systems that limits the need for travel and allows employees from afar to participate in the program.
ACS is currently developing an interactive web page which allows every employee to provide feedback and suggestions on eco-efficient initiatives, which will be reviewed by our Workplace Eco-Efficiency Committee.
ACS relocated our Head office in January 2008 with "Green Office" component a factor in the selection criteria. Whilst the building has been designed and built in accordance with legislation, we have implemented the following initiatives from an operational level;
Paper makes up to 70% of a typical office waste.
(Source: True Green. Authors Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin)
Opportunity exists for responsible eco-efficient work practices on each of our retail and commercial sites. Whilst we have no control of building management systems, we are an integral part of the operational function of each property. We encourage our staff to report Eco-Inefficiencies to management which is then directly discussed with the client.
Where possible ACS utilise fuel efficient machinery such as LPG on our heavy equipment and power energy on smaller hand held tools. As with our cleaning chemicals we have strategic alliances with our suppliers Tenant, Hako, Pioneer and Aussie Pumps to provide us with eco-efficient machinery and equipment.
ACS understands the delivery of eco-efficient materials and chemicals on our sites requires collaboration between us and our suppliers. We have subsequently formed a strategic alliance with our major suppliers Research and Eclipse.
All facilities are different and require specific materials and chemicals to keep them clean. Older assets have a higher need for chemicals and only when strictly necessary. As an alternative we replace the use of chemicals with alternative agents.
ACS is conscious of existing waste and emissions protocols adopted on each site and we will work with our partners to ensure our systems, processes and procedures address the core pillars to Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replace identified waste.
ACS prides ourselves on our compliance with the Environmental Management Standard ISO1011:1996, environmental laws and legal requirements and that we have never been found in breach. This we have adopted as our target in the management of pollution reduction.
ACS works closely with our partners and VISY to ensure our staff are capable of identifying recyclable paper and cardboard waste, plastics and pallets and to place and store in zoned areas for pick up.
ACS staff participates in training in regards to comprehensive waste minimising programs of which water is a focus, they are encouraged to identify and report any waste such as roof and down pipe to water tank leaks, leaking rest room facilities and anti-social behaviour with water resources.
Reporting to our partners any inappropriate use of water hoses by tenants we believe is our responsibility. This especially includes the use of fire hoses.
Only in accordance with site specific requirements do we hose, and even then only in accordance with legislation.
ACS is extremely conscious of nil to drain legislation and as such the drainage of all of our scrubber machines is safely removed into appropriate sewerage outlets allocated by our partners.
As part of our equipment procurement process, ACS source the most modern energy efficient tools and chargers, and carry out safety tagging every three months due to the high usage of equipment to maintain safety levels and energy efficiencies.
We ensure our staff's safety with comprehensive training in the efficient use of electrical tools to ensure they are maintained to manufacturer's specifications which at the same time reduces the likelihood of inefficient output prior to breakdown.
Our night team are also an integral part of maintaining energy efficiencies by reducing lighting needs in dormant areas without encroaching on people's safety.
Whilst the control of many aspects of eco-efficient facilities management is the responsibility of our partners for whom we provide a service, ACS encourages open communication to discuss observations from our team and methods of improvement. We promote the use of electronic and social media communication, therefore reducing paper and to ensure staff are involved at all levels and feel a part of the ACS environmental commitment.
ACS will participate in any training or workshops provided by our partners to ensure we are working together with the same objectives and work practices.