Plastic Surgeon, the nationwide surface repair specialist, has achieved Premier accreditation for the Green Accord, the highest level available. The Green Accord is a nationally recognised and low cost environmental accreditation founded at Exeter City Council. Businesses throughout the South West are using the Green Accord to demonstrate a standard of sustainable business practices. This is a requirement sought by Exeter City Council and something other employers such as the Met Office, the University of Exeter, and the Midas Group are also looking for.
Green Accord is supported by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Business and Climate Solutions, which provides free expertise in climate change and sustainability. Plastic Surgeon was able to utilise the support from the Centre for Business and Climate Solutions to put together their Green Accord submission. Sally Orton, Plastic Surgeon’s Project Manager, comments: “Although Plastic Surgeon already had ISO 14001, some of our customers in the South West requested that we become accredited by Green Accord as well. The accreditation is evidence based and I attended one of the Centre’s workshops in February, for guidance on improving our sustainability credentials and submitting the application.”
Jo Pearce, Lead officer for the Green Accord, congratulated Plastic Surgeon, who successfully achieved Green Accord Premier Status, the highest level of accreditation. “Plastic Surgeon is one-step ahead in today’s eco-conscious market place, their submission was of a high standard, and demonstrated real commitment to reducing environmental harm. They have benefited from the free workshops and the support of their clients, Midas and Exeter CC. The Green Accord is not just about reducing carbon, it adds value to supplier relationships and with the support of the University we can work with all big employers in the South West to support small businesses and set a standard for environmental sustainability”
Sophie O’Callaghan, Energy and Environment specialist at the Centre for Business and Climate Solutions, comments: “The Green Accord workshops are run by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Business and Climate Solutions, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013. Through practical, business-focussed workshops and tailored one-to-one visits, the Centre provides specialist expertise to help businesses identify and implement sustainable changes to reduce their carbon emissions and gain Green Accord accreditation. Plastic Surgeon were well on their way to being an environmentally friendly company, so the workshop and follow-up visit focussed on identifying the additional steps that could be taken towards sustainability, further carbon reduction and improving their Green Accord application.”
Client organisations that have applied the Green Accord to their supply chain include the Met Office, the Midas Group, Sir Robert McAlpine, Ian Williams Ltd and University of Exeter.
Pictured: Rob Mouser, Managing Director, Plastic Surgeon and Sally Orton, Project Manager, Plastic Surgeon.