SECURITY SOLUTIONS provider Ward Security has announced that the business is now carbon neutral against its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, having invested in international offset projects in support of its ongoing commitment towards a sustainable future.
Kent-based Ward Security determined these direct and energy emissions to equate to 429 tonnes of carbon equivalent (tCO2e), primarily from the impact of its vehicle fleet. The company firmly believes in supporting and giving back to communities, with the community-based projects selected to support its endeavours exhibiting socio-economic, health and welfare benefits, in addition to environmental plus-points.
The three projects selected are as follows:
*Improved cookstoves in Malawi: These cookstoves replace less efficient technologies and practices, resulting in biomass conservation and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
*Solar cookers in China: The stoves provide a clean and reliable energy supply for daily cooking, while also improving indoor hygiene and the living conditions and quality of life for rural residents
*Wastewater and biogas in Thailand: Preventing harm to the climate posed by methane and avoiding thousands of tonnes of fossil fuel being burned each year, thereby improving the local air and water quality
Through offsetting via these projects, Ward Security is also supporting nine of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about the projects online at https://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbonoffsetprojects.html
Ward Security has a further commitment to work towards ‘Net Zero’ by 2030.
Carbon reduction journey
Brian Stroud (safety, health, environment and quality director at Ward Security) informed Security Matters: “Although we recognise that we still have some way to go in terms of our overall carbon reduction journey, it’s comforting to know that we have taken such a positive step, not only in offsetting our impact on the environment, but also in terms of helping in some way to improve the lives of those in the communities that benefit.”
Managing director Kevin Ward added: “This is another important step forward for Ward Security and, as ever, is due to the fantastic work and commitment of our team. Becoming a carbon neutral business aligns with our wider company goals. We will always be environmentally conscious and continue to strive for a more sustainable future for our people, their families and our planet.”
Ward Security is a privately-owned specialist security business boasting an annual turnover of £45 million-plus and employing circa 1,000 members of staff. The company delivers security guarding solutions including Front of House services, mobile patrols, keyholding, dedicated response solutions, vacant property protection in addition to security systems solutions and risk advisory services.
*Further information is available on the company’s website at www.ward-security.co.uk