Bishop Fleming is doing its part in tackling climate change and improving sustainability by cutting its consumption of paper, power and mileage.

In the latest edition of Economia magazine, Bishop Fleming’s grant services director, Ewan McClymont – the man behind its Environmental Management System – says that sustainability is now at the heart of the practice and is firmly embedded in its culture.

“Our initial aim was to reduce our energy consumption by 5% each year. That was in 2012 and there’s not been a year when we’ve failed to achieve a reduction against our target. I don’t think we’ve done anything radical – nothing that other businesses can’t implement as part of good practice – and are seeing results that benefit our firm and the environment.”

The practice has focused on paper consumption, power and mileage and considerably reduced each. “Paper has been our greatest success,” says McClymont, “a total drop of 35% in five years. Our mileage consumption has decreased by 18% per £1,000 income – and energy consumption is down by 5% per employee”.

Bishop Fleming also uses energy brokers who review its energy supply across its seven offices, all in the south-west and West Midlands, and find the best deal for all of them. “We want to drive down consumption and costs year on year, and the best way of doing this is to bring in the experts.”

Earlier this year, the firm reported that its green credentials had been boosted by a massive reduction in paper consumption, saving the equivalent of 104 trees a year.

Bishop Fleming’s seven offices cover a wide geographical area from Worcester to Truro, but through increasing use of Skype and telephone conferencing, this had reduced inter-office mileage.

The firm employs over 330 staff, is part of the government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, and is a member of Low Carbon South West.


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