Kent Science Park (KSP) has been awarded a prestigious accreditation to mark its continuing commitment to environmental sustainability. The ISO14001 environmental management standard is an internationally accredited certification that considers the ways in which a business impacts the environment. It is designed to track and reduce that impact by reviewing how a firm meets its environmental responsibilities at management level.
The KSP team has been instrumental in ensuring that the site is managed in the best way to reduce its environmental impact. All of the electricity used on the Park is derived from renewable energy resources and in December alone 73% of the Park’s waste was recycled. In 2013, water usage was also reduced by 4%, which is no mean feat given how many new staff work at the site. The Park is also dedicated to working with its tenants to encourage them to reduce energy usage, reuse and recycle their waste.
The accreditation from the British Standards Institute comes after months of hard work and dedication from KSP’s contractors and facilities team. Stephen Moore, Facilities Manager at Kent Science Park, commented on its importance,
“We are doing everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment and it is wonderful to be recognised for that. The ISO14001 is about setting challenging goals that will make a difference in the long term and a key part of this is encouraging our tenants to also follow the triple R rules of reduce, reuse and recycle. We have a strong framework in place to deal with any maintenance issues, and the management team ensure that all work is carried out in the most environmentally friendly way possible.”
The 1SO14001 is being rolled out across all of the BEST Network sites – the largest chain of privately-owned science and technology parks in the UK. The BEST Network recognizes the need for an international standard across all its UK locations, where success can sit harmoniously alongside a drive for sustainability.