Sunday, 23 November 2008

GREENING THE WORKPLACE: Reasons and Choices

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 23rd November 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

GREENING THE WORKPLACE: REASONS AND CHOICES

Steve Dawe spoke to the ‘Greener in the Workplace’ conference organised by the Ashford Gateway(1) at the Singleton Environmental Centre on Wednesday 19th November. He stressed the key reasons why we need to come out of the current recession with greener workplaces, particularly with reference to a need to change energy sources used in the workplace. He said:
“We are heading for a new Green industrial revolution as customary energy resources decline, and as the need to address the risks of climate change becomes ever more pressing. There is ample evidence that oil supplies will peak and decline 2011-2013. There is new evidence that global coal reserves were radically over-estimated and will begin to decline about 2020. And new Peak Uranium: that new nuclear programmes will very quickly use up remaining accessible reserves.
“Necessity not choice must guide us. It is the difference between sustainability and a long-term recession. So where do we begin in the workplace? Here is a short list of what we should be doing, and of what the best enterprises are doing already:
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• 1. Green Travel Plans
• 2. Energy Efficiency
• 3. Renewable energy
• 4. Increasing teleworking
• 5. Reducing vehicle dependence
• 6. Reduce, re-use, recycle
• 7. Engagement: review policies for efficiency and sustainability with staff associations or trade unions
• 8. New premises, when needed, to be more energy efficient
• 9. Ethical pensions and investments
• 10. Equality and social inclusion
• 11. Local food for staff canteen
• 12. Education and training to encourage resource and staff efficiency and productivity
• 13. Environmental Assessment of Forward Planning
• 14. Adaptability and flexibility of the enterprise eg moving a shop from the high street to become an internet business
• 15. Creating cooperatives by merging existing businesses or bringing together self-employed people to reduce costs and maintain the business eg in construction
• 16. Moving into emerging markets: more local food, installing energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies etc.
• 17. Avoiding greenfield site development “ ends

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer for Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or local call rate 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Steve Dawe is also Regional Liaison Officer for Kent and Medway, Office of Caroline Lucas, Kent’s Green Party MEP.
Notes:
1. The Ashford Gateway is a partnership between a variety of bodies concerned in service provision for Ashford’s Future. See: www.ashfordgateway.co.uk

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