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EPC-UK’s journey to becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation

Oct 27, 2023

Key to EPC-UK’s continued transition to becoming a more sustainable company is realising our status as a Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO). This is an accreditation we’re working to receive from The Carbon Literacy Project, as it will establish us as ‘having substantial commitment to Carbon Literacy’.

Developing mindsets

At EPC-UK, we’re dedicated to empowering our employees, delivering for our customers and enabling our sustainable performance for the long-term. To achieve this, we’re striving to further strengthen our company culture, which is already supported by its SPIRIT values of Safety, Passion, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork. We are being guided by our EPC-UK Sustainability Working Group, which is steered by Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, Bob Woolley, and reinforced with the knowledge and expertise of Industry Specialist, Dr. Helen Bailey and Sustainability Change Agent, Nicola Franklin. Through the support and learning of the group, we intend to set the standard within our sector, develop the EPC-UK mindset towards sustainability, and perform as a more responsible business. 

CLO accreditation

The Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO) accreditation is a visible ‘badge’ that demonstrates that an organisation is committed to Carbon Literacy (CL), has a substantial number of people who are Carbon Literate, and is committed to both supporting its Carbon Literate people and maintaining a low carbon culture. 

Achieving the status equips an organisation with a recognised tool to help it better interact with its communities – whether that includes employees, customers, neighbours, learners, suppliers or stakeholders. 

There are four levels of accreditation; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, which incrementally reflect a company’s increasing levels of Carbon Literacy commitment and achievement.

To achieve Bronze status, our Sustainability Working Group will prioritise the EPC-UK senior management team’s Carbon Literacy through specially devised programmes of learning & development. This will enable vital, changing mindsets to be established so they can be filtered through our company from the top level down. Once a substantial percentage of our team is Carbon Literate, processes are integrated and promoted, and a case study of our progress is produced, we will be recognised with Silver status. As we journey towards achieving Gold and Platinum accreditation, we will work to accomplish four additional actions involving collaboration, material development, promotion, sponsorship and delivery. Our future success in achieving Platinum status will see at least 80% of our employees harness and use Carbon Literate learning within their working roles, a goal we’re fully committed to realising. 

Helen, Bob and Nicola are currently working with the EPC-UK Senior Management Team and specialist consultancy McGrady Clarke to produce a multiyear framework strategy designed to address our current business challenges, help us meet our Net Zero targets and develop our transferable capabilities within greener industries, so we can contribute towards wider UN goals relevant to our sector, which are:

  • Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality 
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life on Land

“EPC-UK’s commitment to training will be pivotal to our success in effectively performing as a Carbon Literate Company,” Managing Director, Ben Williams adds. “The message and actions we will deliver surrounding more sustainable practice will set the precedence for an advanced way of industry thinking to benefit both business and environment. This is an exciting opportunity to change for the better and I offer my full support to the Sustainability Working Group as it helps to appropriately develop the EPC-UK values and mindset.”

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