It may not appear at first glance that an organisation like Target, dedicated to supporting vulnerable people in the community, should put a priority on reducing its carbon and environmental footprints. But there is a direct link between climate chaos caused by carbon dioxide and increasing loss of homes across the planet. Plus, we all have an effect on the environment around us and ethically, Target has decided to challenge our working practices, address our effect on the environment, and ensure we are doing all we can reasonably do to reduce our own carbon emissions and environmental footprint.
Our aim is continual improvement across all of our offices and can involve immediate minor changes to working practices as well as long term strategically implemented policy reviews and change in practice or emphasis.
We recognise that as a publicly funded organisation we have a duty to consider our impact on the environment and implement change wherever possible that addresses the “green mantra” of REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE.
This statement is a reflection of commitment from the front line staff right up to the Board of Trustees to engage with the dichotomy of providing a public service whilst seeking to reduce our impact on the environment.
Investment in energy efficiency is over seven times more effective than investment in renewable energy.
To this end, Target Housing commits to consider and where possible make changes to:
- Sourcing local produce where relevant.
- Reducing dependence on car travel where possible.
- Ceasing to use disposal items where possible.
- Sourcing energy efficient equipment when replacing.
- Sourcing energy efficient improvements to both houses and offices where possible.
- Encouraging energy efficiency in the client’s homes.
- Source furniture and other equipment bearing the FSC or other environmentally friendly monikers.
- Encouraging recycling of any product of office work.
- Encourage staff awareness and commitment to addressing environmental issues both in local offices and organisational locations.
- Bench marking targets to be set and reported on regarding office energy consumption, mileage claimed, recycling schemes in operation etc.
This list is not exhaustive but an indication of where our focus begins and can be adapted, improved and extended in the future.