Global service provider, Servest, has supported the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) in achieving the prestigious Carbon Trust Triple Standard for successfully cutting carbon emissions, water use and waste. This recognition is the result of years of hard work and investment made to reduce energy consumption and the estate’s carbon footprint. Very few public or private sector organisations hold the Triple Standard. In Scotland, the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament buildings are the only others in the public sector to have met the benchmark.
Arthur Mckay Ltd, acquired by Servest Group in 2016, has held the TFM contract with the Scottish Courts since 2009. SCTS’s success, achieved with the support of Servest, has been based on a variety of initiatives, including boiler upgrades and heating controls improvements; the introduction of solar photo voltaic PV panels; window replacement and secondary glazing; waste management surveys and the introduction of more recycling bins; energy and water efficient appliances and water recycling.
SCTS has achieved a considerable reduction in tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) compared to the best performing organisation in the sector. On a water intensity benchmark, the service has scored the best in its sector at 24.9% reduction and on a turnover basis, has also achieved the highest reduction in its sector for waste management, amounting to 10.7%. Servest has also helped SCTS save in excess of £3m.
These energy and monetary savings have been achieved by being more logical and efficient. Servest’s solutions have been largely technology-based; the FM service provider is now looking to roll out ‘Green Rewards’ as a staff engagement programme that rewards and recognises people for sustainably-friendly behaviour.
Christopher Scott Wilson, energy manager, Servest: “If you improve the Building Management System (BMS), you are creating a better environment for staff. As FMs, we are the guardians, we aren’t just a commodity cost; we are in the privileged position to get more out of staff and to support them. We’re thrilled to have helped the SCTS achieve this Triple Standard, proving that they are at the forefront of the public sector.”
John Newton, associate director, Carbon Trust Certification Limited: “We are delighted to award the Carbon Trust Triple Standard to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. The award is testament to SCTS’s achievement in cutting carbon emissions, water use and waste and marks the service out as a leader in sustainability in Scotland.”