Climate change

Environmental protection is a key part of Ultra’s sustainability strategy.

The Group’s increasing focus on sustainability and its carbon footprint are reflected in our ‘Positive Force’ sustainability plan.

We are registered under the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) run by the UK Environment Agency. In 2020, Ultra started the process of developing an energy management system which will provide the baseline for future accreditation to ISO 50001 Energy Management standard, an international standard recognising organisations that enhance their energy performance by implementing an energy management system based on a model of continual improvement. This activity will further support the reduction of Ultra’s energy use, ability to identify new ways to reduce emissions through our whole supply chain, and associated cost.

Climate-related factors are specifically considered as part of our embedded risk review processes, which take account of near and longer-term risks.

We have set a target for reduction of 10% of GHG emissions relative to revenue (tCO2e/£m) for 2021 (against the 2019 GHG emission baseline).

Ultra has been actively engaged in measures to reduce its energy and emissions, for example through:

  • Replacing old halogen, T8 and inefficient lamps with low-energy LED’s.
  • Replaced ageing office equipment with energy-efficient products.
  • Expanded video conferencing and online meetings (as opposed to face-to-face meetings).
  • Older, inefficient boilers have been replaced, along with older electricity water heaters.
  • Revising our remote-working policies to enable employees to have a more flexible approach to their working day, while meeting our business needs.
  • Investing in improvements to our employee connectivity and video conferencing facilities which has demonstrably improved our teams’ effectiveness.
  • A new Company car policy to encourage lowering emissions and making electric cars more accessible, including the installation of charging points at some of our premises.
  • Revised travel policies to refocus our team on essential travel only.

Making small changes to our everyday workday also makes a big difference in reducing our environmental impact as a Group. We think about how we can save energy and resources and actively encourage our employees to:

  • Remember to turn lights off when not needed
  • Switch off equipment, including PCs and laptops, when not in use
  • Print only when necessary to reduce both energy and paper usage
  • Reuse and recycling wherever possible with an aim to eliminate single-use plastics across our sites
  • Use materials and packaging efficiently, reusing where possible/practicable
  • Consider if travel is essential – even to our own offices!
  • Work with our customers and suppliers to identify ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.

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