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        Leading the scene at being green

        Being green isn't just something we add to our agenda, it's part of the fabric of BE.

        Why do we go the extra mile to be green? Quite simply because it means you can rest assured that by being in BE Offices workspace you are working in an eco-friendly environment. It's important to you and it's important to us.

        And it's not just talk - We are consistently working towards the decarbonisation of our business.

        We are also committed to pursuing B-Corporation Certification as a means of affirming one of our core values - We have a commitment to our communities and the environment.


        Our policy changes and initiatives

        We've delivered the following and don't intend to stop here:

        1. Zero waste to landfill policy: Zero waste to landfill was first achieved through our waste partners in 2015 with non-recyclable waste producing electricity that’s sold back to the national grid.

        2. Energy from renewable sources: In 2018 we switched energy supplier to one who generates electricity from only renewable sources.

        3. Motion sensor lighting: Introduced motion sensor lighting at UK centres to reduce energy consumption when office space is empty.

        4. LED lighting: As of March 2024 we are 98% of the way through a multi-million pound programme to install LED lights throughout the entire portfolio.

        5. Carbon neutral servers: We operate on carbon neutral server hosting.

        6. Single-use plastics: Where possible we have removed single-use plastics including plastic water cups and plastic used in our catering services.

        7. Chemical use: In partnership with our cleaning company we use eco-friendly, non-hazardous, biodegradable cleaning products for daily cleaning.

        8. Reforestation: We've partnered with B-Corp certified tree planting partner Treeapp to contribute to reforestation projects in South America, Africa and Indonesia.

        9. Decarbonisation: We are working with the Mayor of London's Business Climate Challenge at 3 of our buildings targeting a minimum 10% reduction in emissions year-on-year.

        10. Environmental volunteering: Our staff use their paid volunteer leave to work on beach cleaning and community tree planting projects in London.

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        Team Green

        BE Offices is unique in that we have our own in-house project team, The Green Group.  Established in 2009, the Green Group was formed to measure and challenge every process in our business that has an environmental impact, to make every one of those processes greener, more energy efficient and better for the environment. The group monitors our green and energy KPIs and report on a monthly basis on recycling performance, waste and energy consumption at every business centre and at our head office.

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        Green Schemes

        Bike racks and cycle to work scheme

        Reducing your carbon footprint is a goal that every business and individual must look at to be considered green. This is why we have installed bike racks at most of our business centres to allow our clients to use a cycle to get to work. These have been incredibly popular and as always we will continue to provide extras to our clients at no extra cost, as part of our 'all-inclusive' policy.

        We also have a cycle to work scheme for BE staff, which allows individuals an easy and cost-effective method of purchasing a bicycle.

        Carbon neutral hosting servers

        We are proud to have the UK's first carbon neutral hosting servers for our online platforms. Our hosted servers are powered by hydro-electricity, a green source of energy.

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        Recycling facts

        We're proud of our zero waste to landfill policy and recycling statistics:

        • BE Offices recycled over 161,464 kg of business waste in 2022, the equivalent weight of 1 1/2 times that of a blue whale.
        • 97,600 kg of BE's waste was converted to energy sufficient to power a dishwasher 32,000 times
        • Electricity generated from BE's recyclable waste (put back into the grid) was enough to power 5,000 houses for a day
        • 11,375 kg of food waste went through anaerobic digestion, generating power to go back into the grid and fertiliser to grow more crops
        • BE's waste policy saved 166 tonnes of CO2 emissions –  the equivalent to the production of 75,799 beef steaks
        • In 2022 our recycling efforts saved 1,081 trees.

         

        For the latest information on the Green Group’s initiatives please view our Green News and Press Releases

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        Our Green Team

        Meet our internal team representing every area our business and challenged with making every process within the organisation more environmentally friendly.

        Julie Tucker
        Green Group Chair (PR & CSR Manager)

        04-11-2013

        Ashley Hughes
        Head of Facilities

        12-08-2013

        John Edwards
        Client Liaison Manager - BE.Spoke

        01-11-2001

        Andrew Miller
        HSEQ Manager and Director of Security & Front of House Concierge Services

        30-06-1995

        Beatriz Thode Minguet
        CAD Design & Space Planner - Assets

        19-07-2017

        Diego Quintero
        Cleaning Operations Manager

        01-08-2009

        Natasha Rainsford
        Business Centres Operations Project Manager

        05-04-2017

        David Hudson
        Operations Manager - Southampton

        16-12-2019

        Naresh Bhudia
        IT Project Lead

        05-01-2022

        Hannah Day
        Sales Executive - &Meetings & Velocity Virtual

        28-02-2022

        James Overton
        Facilities Manager

        18-07-2017

        Lenny Long
        Maintenance Operations Manager

        08-03-1993

        Shane Liston
        Maintenance Officer

        07-06-2021

        Asif Azam
        Operations Project Manager (Mat Cover)

        28-11-2022

        Gosia Wasiukiewicz
        Operations Manager - Farringdon

        09-01-2023

        Yasmin Van Wijngaarden
        HR Coordinator

        24-04-2023

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