Sustainability and health

We are an environmentally responsible association. Find out more about what we are doing to further reduce our carbon footprint.

Location: UK
Updated: Monday 7 September 2020
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Reducing our carbon footprint

We recognise that we have a responsibility to promote and adopt organisation policies that support sustainable practices and improve health.

We regularly evaluate our practices to ensure we are minimising the impact we have on the environment.

How we do this?

This is done alongside our workplace initiatives organised by the CSHG (corporate sustainability and health group). The group:

  • looks at practical ways of reducing our carbon footprint
  • is formed of like-minded colleagues passionate about sustainability and health
  • has representation from each BMA directorate, devolved nations and the BMJ.

The group aims to inspire BMA staff to uphold our values on sustainability.

 

 

Waste and recycling

We recycle an increasing proportion of the waste we generate, and BMA House has achieved zero-to-landfill status: all waste produced is either recycled or recovered.

Recycling and waste facilities have replaced personal desk bins in all BMA offices, improving access to recycling waste for all office-based staff. Staff are now able to recycle paper, cardboard, cans, plastics and food waste.

Our recycling processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that we continue to reduce our carbon footprint.

 

BMA facilities

BMA staff are encouraged to distribute papers electronically.

We also encourage staff to switch off lights and close windows where required, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and research suppliers to select those that match our values.

Our estates team has been working to ensure BMA House is reducing its carbon footprint by using low-energy motion-sensitive light fittings, 100% renewable energy power supply and providing facilities for staff wanting to cycle to work.

The Technology services team has also changed its working practices to help reduce the BMA’s energy consumption. For example, the BMA has started using Office 365, allowing us to save and archive files and folders to the cloud reducing the number of machines we use and our energy consumption.

 

Travel

We have invested in Skype for Business video and audio conferencing and webcam facilities, allowing staff to make phone and video calls from their laptop, reducing the need for staff and members to travel.

Where travel is necessary, most domestic committee travel has been switched from air to rail.
To further reduce our carbon emission, we have collated all office supply orders into a single delivery, preventing multiple deliveries for orders.

BMA House and the national offices use socially responsible taxi companies which are involved in community projects.