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Environmental Policy and its' Implementation @ F1

F1 is committed to producing an Environmental Policy which is clear and auditable in its objectives and achievements. This page details our work so far.

Evidence in practice

Over the years F1 has take several steps to implement good environmental best practices. These include:

  • Providing bicycles tax free to encourage more environmental commuting by its staff.
  • Achieve target of recycling 100% paper, cardboard, cans, plastic & glass bottles.
  • Encourage our customers to save paper while using our web site by ensuring that all key web pages have an alternative 2 page PDF document and a message 'Multiply pages!, why not Save Paper & Print 2 Page PDF Instead'.

As a relatively small company the impact of our environmental activities are small, but the joint effort with other like-minded companies could have a significant impact on the environment and the way we all work and live.

Environmental Policy Statement

F1 Computing Systems aim to minimise the impact that our business has on the Earths ecosystems and to make employees aware of the contributions they can make to improve the environment. This challenge should present all businesses with an important opportunity.

Key areas:

  • Educating the workforce
  • Paper
  • Recycling
  • Energy & Building Design
  • PC Equipment
  • Monitor impact of Suppliers Business Practice on Environment
  • Transport Policy - using public transport where available
  • Local Projects - tree planting & hedgerow management
  • BS7750 Environmental Management System

Educating the Workforce and Other Parties

Each new F1 employee attends an environmental training course which outlines problems, solutions and how F1 formulates and implements it's environmental policy. F1 believe in promoting a business culture where employees, customers and suppliers participate in environmentally sustainable commerce.

Training includes changing the mindset of everyone to evaluate the environmental impact when making both strategic and day-to-day business decisions within the company.

F1 Computing Systems and Paper

F1 Computing Systems recognised over twelve years ago the need for secure data management using computer storage on magnetic disks. Much was talked about the 'paperless' office. However, with the increasing dominance of computer systems came an accompanying increase in the quantity of paper output.

Computers made it easier to print marketing material which frequently was addressed incorrectly or missed the mark and was promptly thrown away. So in effect, the size of the paper mountain has not been significantly reduced.

How does F1 propose to reduce paper consumption?

Now that increasing numbers of users have access to the internet, it is worthwhile reviewing the situation again. Companies can come up with environmental policies which would educate the company and its employees to think green at every opportunity. This process does not need to be an expensive operation, cost savings may be achieved through reducing energy requirements and lower paper consumption.

Paper Sourcing

There are major concerns about the processes involved in the manufacture of paper because of the impact on the environment. The issue is a complex one and involves the life cycle analysis of the many stages in the production and use of paper. In the near future, the Eurolabel may be able to guide the consumer as to the most environmentally acceptable source of office paper. F1 Computing are sourcing paper which has the FSC label approved by WWF. This paper uses a maximum of 70% recycled paper and 25% virgin pulp from sustainable forests.

F1 are now actively encouraging our customers to accept the replacement of paper based marketing information with increased use of new technology; environment friendly use of communication media such as emailed newsletters, web based product flyers and encouraging the access of information directly onto our web site.

In addition, to cater for customers who do not currently have access to the web we offer a fax-on-demand service to allow customers to select and print the specific product and services information they require.

F1 Computing and Recycling

Because of the trend for replacing PCs every 3 years, there is now a growing mountain of obsolescent PCs across the world. F1 source new PCs from suppliers who have a proven record of waste management and have demonstrated utilisation of recycled materials. Where possible, older PCs are donated to schools or charity organisations.

F1 trys to minimise the amount of waste paper produced. Paper and toner cartridges are recycled in all our offices.

F1 Computing Systems and Energy Resources

F1 Computing Systems recognise the importance of fuel-efficient designed buildings. Gas and electricity bills are monitored to establish whether usage is excessive.

PC purchases - Our policy is to purchase PCs with energy saving screens. Desktop computer purchases include screens incorporating CRTs. CRTs will be phased out in favour of LCD screens when these become widely available, as they have much lower power consumption. All PCs are switched off at night except for the Internet server.

F1s Suppliers

F1 will assess the environmental policy of suppliers and source alternative supplies where necessary. Fluorocarbons in cleaning products are avoided because of their reaction with the ozone layer.

Other cleaning products are assessed as to their effect on the environment.

Transport Policy

F1 encourage the use of public transport where available. Several employees cycle to work and also make local deliveries. Employees are helped with purchase and maintenance of their cycles.

F1 policy is to not encourage the purchase of any further company cars and when current leases end to encourage staff to use public transport whenever possible and only use their own cars if absolutely necessary.

F1 tries to limit face to face meetings between employees from different offices relying instead on telephone conferencing. F1 is investigating the use of real-time on-line learning to permit us to conduct instructor led training courses over the internet reducing the need for customers and trainers to travel long distances in order to attend training courses.

Local Community Projects

F1 employees are involved in a number of local community projects. These include tree planting & hedgerow management and the Stepping Stones City Farm in Stepney.

Environmental Management System

F1 have appointed an Environmental Officer (Len Fawcett) to oversee compliance with BS7750.

Feedback

If you have any comments or suggestions for how we could improve our environmental policies and activities please email lenf@f1comp.co.uk

 F1 Computing Systems 2009