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Insights on how Facilities Management drives Sustainable Service Performance

Jonny Mobbs, ISS UK Environmental Business Partner, shares insights into how FM can drive sustainable and cost-effective business performance

I am delighted to have the opportunity to write a second blog on our ISS UK website.

As the UK Environmental Business Partner and one of the Edie 30 under 30 Class of 2019, it is fantastic to get the chance to share more on Sustainable Service Performance, especially as we  at ISS recently set our pledge for the 2019 Zero Waste Challenge

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Being part of the Edie 30 under 30 Class of 2019 has helped give me a great insight into the sustainability challenge across multiple sectors and different organisations. Networking with peers through the initiative has really inspired each of us to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations on the sustainability agenda. One event we all looked forward to was the Edie’s live event, which happens in May every year. As one of the UK’s largest sustainability focused conferences it always helps to provide a great view of what’s next in the latest energy, carbon and circular economy innovations. 

This year I shared the experience with Tim Proctor, our Director of Health, Safety, Environment, Quality & Corporate Responsibility. We met numerous suppliers looking at areas where we can add value through sustainability; from a tiny washroom tap cap that reduces 70% of water use, through to an air filter designed to clean air of pollutants and particles in an office space. 

My highlight of the event was joining a seminar with one of our financial sector clients. We were encouraged to see how receptive the audience were to understand what we achieved alongside our client; to remove single-use plastics from their office space. During their project it became clear to the client that by taking away items like stirrers, plastic spoons, disposable coffee cups they had eradicated an extremely large portion of their office waste. In turn, this saved costs on their procurement and on their waste volumes. 

It really makes you think about other items we are using – not just as a business in the services we provide, but at home in our daily routines – that we could eradicate or replace with one product to help us save waste, energy, carbon and expense!

A great example continues to be the plastic carrier bag. Watching BBC news in May 2019, I witnessed a low point for the history of humans on this planet. Worst of all, this issue could have only occurred in the last few decades. Through great science we have reached depths in the ocean previously thought impossible (10,927m).  We didn’t however find just weird and wonderful new species that science can learn from; we found a plastic carrier bag. This bag probably used just once to carry someone’s groceries home, perhaps blew away in the wind and, after that one use, scarred one of the deepest, most inaccessible points in our oceans for decades to come. If we reduce use of these plastic carrier bags, we will reduce the negative impact they have. 

World Environment Day, which takes place every year, gives us a great opportunity to identify our own environmental impacts at work and at home. Through the Zero Waste Challenge we again had the chance to make our pledges to reduce our impact on the planet. All actions, positive or negative make a difference, from making one small change such as refusing a straw, to going a whole day without producing any waste. For example, you could pledge to reduce your food surplus by checking out our new ISS Sustainability Recipe E-Book, as created by our very own Chef Development team! Whatever you choose to do you’ll be making a difference as part of a global event to reduce your impact.

Join our colleagues and myself by sharing your experiences on social media through #ZeroWasteChallenge and #ISSThinkForward whilst the results of the Zero Waste Challenge can be found here.

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