Miller Research (UK) Ltd is committed to becoming a leader in sustainability and environmental responsibility. We shall achieve this by continually reviewing and improving our working processes and by placing environmental sustainability at the heart of our decision making.
Miller Research is alert to the long term threat that climate change poses to the planet and will strive particularly hard to minimise carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions resulting from its activities.
The company aims to observe the philosophy of environmental management by conserving natural resources and by controlling significant environmental risks associated with our operations. Our undertaking is to work in collaboration with others whom we do business with to address environmental issues identified in this document.
The Company Directors have the primary responsibility for ensuring that Miller Research operates in a manner consistent with its Environmental policy. This will include the establishment of specific environmental responsibilities for all its employees.
The company accepts its duty to abide by all relevant environmental legislation and to ensure pollution prevention at all times. Miller Research delivers solutions that limit the impact on the planet’s assets and resources. As a company, we understand that our environmental commitment is firstly a self-responsibility and second a shared responsibility. As such, Miller Research strives to work with associates who also have environmental systems in place and who work actively to reduce carbon emissions. We also strive to educate those we come in contact with about how they can accept environmental responsibility.
In the office, Miller Research has sustainable house-keeping: we have a recycling and composting policy, a procurement policy for fair-trade, recycled, organic and local products, and we encourage the use of green transport, car sharing and use of ICT, as well as running a cycle to work scheme. In July 2008, Miller Research installed a 6kW wind turbine, which provides renewable electricity for the offices as well as the farm it is located on. Our heating is now provided by a biomass boiler which provides 35KW to complement the electricity generated by the PV panels which provide 7.5 KW.
1.2 Miller Research (UK) Ltd Environmental Policy
In order to recognise our environmental issues, Miller Research (UK) Ltd and all persons directly associated agree to adhere to the following environmental policy.
We shall aim to reduce the effect of our actions on the environment by:
- Promoting a sense of responsibility for pollution of the environment and emphasising the reality of pollution being a choice in daily activities.
- At every stage in the company’s decision making process, environmental considerations will be taken into account so that staff are conscious of their decisions to pollute as well as their decisions not to pollute.
- Continual environmental improvements achieved through environmental improvement plans.
- A carbon dioxide emissions audit will be undertaken annually and the results discussed as a team. From these results, targets will be drawn up for the coming year with a view to reducing CO2 emissions year on year.
- An action plan will be drawn up annually in order to ensure there is a framework for delivering on these targets.
- Informing and training all employees to take account of environmental issues in their areas of work to assist them with their specific environmental responsibilities.
- Complying with relevant environmental legislation in all aspects of our activities.
- Where feasible, reduce pollution through setting objectives and targets that focus on waste, energy consumption, raw material use, and transport.
- Set-up procedures to assess the environmental impact of our operations and develop a programme that will enable us to continually improve our environmental performance by using the best practical environmental options.
- Encourage our customers and suppliers to subscribe to our environmental principles and evaluate their environmental performance.
- Revise our environmental policy at intervals, as necessary, to take account of new developments.
To achieve our environmental policies we shall aim to achieve the following ideals of good practice:
In all of our projects we recognise that a number of consultations may need to be carried out. We propose that most of these consultations be carried out over the telephone or via video conference unless there is a specific request for a face-to-face meeting by the consultee. Where face-to-face meetings are necessary we will endeavour to arrange them so as to minimise travel.
Paper and Consumables
We shall recycle all consumable goods where possible – paper, glass, aluminium, plastic, organic matter, etc.
We will reduce our office paper use by:
- Keeping electronic notes
- Re-using draft paper copies
- Shredding documents and recycling paper, using for compost, animal bedding, etc.
- We will reduce the amount of paper used in the office e.g. faxes will be sent directly from the computer where appropriate.
- We will seek to only buy recycled and recyclable paper products where financially and functionally viable. Recycled paper will be a design requirement (where practical and feasible) of all new publications produced, as far as possible paper and envelopes will be reused e.g. envelopes re-used for internal mail. We will also encourage clients to participate in cutting down on unnecessary copies of reports by supplying electronic copies
We aim to cut down annual mileage travelled by 2.5% per year for the first three years by:
- Fully utilising IT communication solutions
- Upgrading telecommunication systems – to enable specific functions of the business to be carried out from the office, i.e. conference calls / video conferencing
- Encouraging car sharing
- Ensuring all other transport used for work purposes will be as environmentally friendly as possible and by using the most environmental form of transport where possible
- Promoting non-polluting methods of travel to work (e.g. walking, cycling) and providing the necessary facilities required to enable such travel
- Ensuring company owned vehicles are maintained and operated as efficiently as possible to maximise their performance from an environmental point of view
- Assessing new vehicles from an environmental perspective before purchase
We shall aim to actively seek work with clients who operate a proactive environmental approach to their business.
We will aim to ensure that all employees enjoy a safe and environmentally friendly working environment. A number of risk assessments are undertaken on an annual basis on the ergonomics of the office to include:
We will aim to reduce the amount of energy we use as far as possible. Computers, lights and printers will be switched off when not in use and heating and ventilation will be used effectively and efficiently with reducing energy consumption in mind, and whenever possible fit energy efficient equipment.
We will reduce the amount of office supplies we use wherever possible. Excessively packaged goods will be avoided and materials will be purchased in bulk wherever possible to minimise transit, packaging and journeys made by the supplier.
There will be regular stationary “amnesties”, whereby everyone will empty their desk of unwanted office supplies, which will be put back in the stationary cupboard.
We will look at the environmental criteria of new office supplies and, wherever possible, buy environment-friendly products. Fair trade considerations will be taken into account where such information is available.
Office cleaning and maintenance will be as environmentally friendly as possible. Cleaning contractors will be encouraged to use environmentally friendly products. Any office refurbishment decisions will take the environment into account, including decorating materials and office furniture.
This environmental policy will be updated annually, and as necessary, and will be made available to all interested parties i.e. employees, guests, suppliers and members of the public.
Miller Research (UK) Ltd
 All types of pollution are considered including air, water, noise, land, etc.