Guernsey Clematis Nursery and Amalgamated Facilities Management have received the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ Award for conserving energy and managing their waste effectively

March 14th, 2011 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Amalgamated Facilities Management (AFM) and Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd have successfully achieved the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ Award following their efforts in conserving energy and managing their waste effectively.

Both companies were assisted through the process by Alan Collenette, an assessor for the Keep Guernsey Green Award.

Mr Collenette was impressed with the level of commitment shown by both companies in meeting the standards “Both AFM and Guernsey Clematis followed the standards and the principles of the waste and energy hierarchies.   The first stage of this was to establish the energy usage and waste streams.  Following this, both companies were able to apply changes across the organisation to make significant improvements to the way that they managed their energy and waste.”

Alan Dorey, Technical Manager for Guernsey Clematis said  “Since 2005 we had made major steps in minimising waste and had looked into the KGGA scheme in 2008”

“At that time it did not add significantly to what we were doing but the enhancements recently made in the scheme, which also encompass energy, made the scheme far more attractive to us and we were able to set realistic but stretching targets for improvement in terms of reducing our waste, oil and electricity use.

Although it required an amount of management time and internal training the result of these more ecologically viable practices has been a large cost saving.

The provision of an assessor, in this case Alan Collenette, and the input of Tina Norman Ross, States Recycling Officer, has provided valuable external input but we must also thank Mayside Recycling who have proved very active in helping solve many of our complex recycling requirements.”

Darren Etasse, Commercial Director for Amalgamated Facilities Management, said “all the staff at AFM are extremely proud to receive this award, Charmaine and her team have worked extremely hard in ensuring our business has achieved the requirements set by the assessors. Over the last 6 months, AFM have introduced numerous energy saving systems within our building to lower our carbon footprint and introduced waste recycling systems.”

Achievement of the Keep Guernsey Green Award is a public acknowledgement of the contribution an organisation makes in helping Guernsey maintain a healthy, clean environment by operating according to best practices in waste management and energy conservation.

Deputy Peter Sirett, Minister for the Environment Department, referred to the importance of businesses managing resources more effectively “the role that companies can play in reducing their impact on the environment is so important for Guernsey. This is particularly important in relation to managing waste effectively to help conserve the life of the Island’s last recognised landfill site.”

To achieve the Keep Guernsey Green Award, organisations have to meet a set of standards covering ‘Policy and Planning’, ‘Action’ and ‘Review and Improvement’.

The award is open to any Island company or non-profit organisation and is held for three years.

 

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