EACS is committed to reducing and minimising our impact on the environment. As well as deploying an environmental management system and KPIs, we are promoting environmental awareness amongst partners and staff.
Environmental & Sustainability Strategy
As a business EACS has set itself very ambitious but achievable plans to reduce our environmental impact which are set out in our Environmental & Sustainability Strategy.
Our commitments go beyond what is simply required for compliance and quite apart from any moral considerations, EACS wants to become more efficient and sustainable and reduce costs all of which support the focus we have to deliver exceptional client service.
To make a step change- you first need to know where you are! So, our first step was to understand what our annual impact actually is to inform our aspirations and to then enable us to set our goals.
We now have the data and have deployed the processes in place which allow us to accurately track progress against our goals, and produce quarterly reports on progress against the targets we have set ourselves.
Additionally, we look at how technology can help us do more, faster.
We began with simple changes to our business. The use of more efficient LED lighting and of more sustainable, and recycled, stationary are two examples of improvements made. The impact was material and garnered enthusiasm to look further at what we could do.
Through the deployment of innovation and automation, we have become and continue to be more efficient in how we deliver our services. We have improved our reporting systems for expenses and travel, both of which are substantial costs and have significant environmental impact.
We were delighted to achieve ISO14001 certification in 2018 and even more pleased that we have retained it ever since. We did not stop there, and earlier this year we committed to becoming a Carbon Neutral Organisation by the end of the year. We beat our own targets, and actually achieved carbon neutrality in September 2019. Read more about our Carbon Neutral projects in the Amazon Rainforest and also Kenyan reforestation projects here We are not stopping here though.
We have now set our objectives on becoming Carbon Neutral Plus.
As part of this plan, we are also taking a range of measures to further reduce our environmental impact. These include encouraging alternative forms of transport and accommodation and encouraging the wider use of Video Conferencing and Teams, to further reduce travel. We are also encouraging all of our suppliers and partners to think “sustainability” and in doing so, innovate and thereby reduce their own impact on the environment. Our message is getting out, as we now see many of our partners and clients looking at how they can promote an environmentally aware culture within their own organisations.
For sustainability to stick, you need to ensure that you have the hearts and minds of everyone pulling in the same direction. To that end, we have engaged with our staff and involve them in helping to shape our company wide environmental programme. This has proved to be vital in our achieving the results we have to date. Contributing to the success of our environmental programme is one of the cornerstones of our established Core Values and Principals and is something which every member of the team strives for. If you have any questions about our environmental commitments please, contact our Head of Compliance & Facilities.
Kenya Reforestation Project
The Kikuyu escarpment forest with its great mixture of both large and small wildlife animals, birds and butterflies, has been the beautiful gateway to the Great Rift Valley until degradation trend struck. This environment is the source of water and thus livelihood to the neighbouring communities.
In just a few years, wanton and deliberate destruction of the escarpment environment through charcoal burning, logging for timber and fuel wood, ring-debarking of medicinal trees and overgrazing has resulted to virtual depletion of forest vegetation cover. This has in return resulted to drying of springs/rivers/streams, soil erosion, emigration of wildlife/birds, scorching sun, human-wildlife conflict and the scarring of once a beautiful scenic landscape that generated some income through tourism.
The worst result from this environmental destruction was the ethnic clashes witnessed recently between the pastoral Maasai and the farming Kikuyu over use of the dwindling water resources at the base of the escarpment. This resulted in unnecessary deaths, injuries, loss and destruction of property and displacement of many families.
The communities have due to the negative climatic changes become even more dependent on the forest for their livelihoods. The women and girls move longer distances in search of fuel wood and water, exposing them to danger of attacks and sexual assaults. The Maasai have to bring their cattle to graze in the forest. With the loss of flora and fauna, the tourism income is dwindled, bringing the curio business down with it.
This project aims to plant 100,000's of indigenous trees on the worst degraded areas.
Read the latest report from the Project leader, Mburu Waiganjo's, here: https://www.carbonfootprint.com/plantingtreesinkenya.html
Brazil Reforestation Project
This Portel-Pará REDD project is working to prevent unplanned deforestation in native forests, which has occurred due to logging, squatting and attempts to implement pastures. The project is expected to avoid over 22 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions over a 40 year period. This will be achieved by managing the land in the form of a "private conservation reserve", through rigorous monitoring and enforcement. From 2012 the project has scaled-up its monitoring activities by employing and properly training local villagers for monitoring and enforcement activities.
The Project Area comprises 177,899.5 Ha in 17 privately owned parcels, or “Glebas”, adding up to a total of 194,402.8 Ha in the Portel municipality, located in the Portel micro region. Local population is comprised mainly of settlers known as “Ribeirinhos”, who live along the rivers and along the igarapés (small streams). There are no indigenous communities located either in the Project Area.
The project is in an area of extreme importance for biodiversity conservation.
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, this area holds a great diversity and abundance of species, not only important for the maintenance of ecological relationships, but also of socio-economic importance such as Brazil nut trees and other noble tree species.
The Pará REDD project zone also holds innumerous species of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. In the Primates group, Cebus kaapori (Ka’apor Capuchin) and Chiropotes satanas (Black Bearded Saki) are critically endangered both by IUCN and IBAMA. In the Carnivores, Leopardus tigrinus (oncilla) is considered vulnerable and the Pteronura brasiliensis (giant otter) endangered. Other threatened mammals are: Mymecophaga tridactyla (giant anteater) and Priodontes maximus (giant armadillo), both considered vulnerable and endangered.
Read the latest report from the Project leader, here: https://www.carbonfootprint.com/brazil_para_redd.html