We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children

David Brower


Codes of practice

This section includes our codes of practice for:

Climate change
Waste products
Outdoor activities

Climate change

In our changing global environment it is increasingly important to minimise the impacts of fossil fuel use. It is Impact’s policy that fuel efficient methods are used wherever possible.

Heating in Impact offices is switched off during the summer months and is on for two limited periods during the winter.

Computers are backed up over night, and therefore cannot be switched off at the end of the day. However, during the Christmas break it is possible to leave computers that will not be in use switched off. Laptops when not in use for an extended period of time are shut down. If they are not in use for a shorter period of time they can be closed allowing energy saving functions to engage. All other electrics are switched off over night, including photocopiers, printers, boilers, TV’s and video players.

Fluorescent tubes or energy saving bulbs are used throughout the Impact offices. Significantly less energy is used than with a conventional tungsten light bulb. Lights are switched off at the end of the day, and also when leaving a room that will not be used in the next 15 minutes.

The emissions relating to delivering our international programmes represent the largest source of carbon in our footprint. Internal flights are avoided wherever possible. Conference call and Skype use are encouraged to replace internal and external face to face meetings wherever possible.

The frequency of use of company vehicles is always carefully considered. The most fuel and carbon efficient vehicles are used as a first choice over others. Fuel efficiency and carbon emissions are taken into consideration when purchasing or leasing vehicles.

Transport methods
When deciding upon transport needs, public transport should always be considered as the first choice. If this is impractical then transport should be minimised wherever possible. Venue staff will challenge transport methods if public transport alternatives are available.

Car-pooling and lift sharing is encouraged for all employees for both daily work and commuting needs. In addition Impact UK has signed up to the Cycle to Work scheme for all employees.

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Waste products

Wherever possible we will minimise waste products generated by the daily operations of Impact International LLP. Where this is not possible, waste products will either be re-used or recycled.

Paper, cardboard, glass, batteries, toner cartridges and plastics are all recycled. Recycle bins are in all offices and meeting spaces throughout the organisation. Junk mail is returned to the sender and removed from mailing lists. Previously used paper is used for printing rough copies on our office printers. Double sided printing is encouraged and possible in all office spaces.

Whilst on an Impact programme, consumable products are re-used internally wherever possible. If this is not possible the locally available recycling facilities are used.

When designing new projects the amount of waste produced is taken into account. Conversations with a colleague are encouraged to discuss all possibilities.

Hazardous chemicals
Wherever possible the use of chemicals hazardous to health and the environment have been eliminated. For example, it is our policy that we will use water based paints instead of solvent based unless absolutely necessary. Most detergents used are biodegradable. Those that are not have had an environmental impact assessment completed with their use continued only if the environmental risks are low. In the UK Controlled Waste Transfer Notes are completed if any chemicals are to be removed by a third party. Hazardous chemicals are not disposed of down the mains sewers or drains. Diesel tanks at Impact owned hotels are bunded to prevent spillages. When filling vehicles care is taken to ensure no spillages occur from overfilling. An Environmental Accident Plan has been established in the event of an accident.

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Outdoor activities

Many of the activities undertaken on an Impact programme take place away from our own hotels and occur in potentially environmentally sensitive areas. Environmental risk assessments have been completed for all activities and are strictly adhered to.

Water based activities
The use of powerboats is essential for safety cover on lake activities. However, there are potential and realised environmental impacts associated with their use. Petrol and oil skims are left on the surface of the lake as a product of two stroke engines. These will be replaced with four stroke engines. Lake speed restrictions and by-laws are strictly adhered to. Designated access and egress points are always used, protecting lakeshore habitat from group usage.

Mountain activities
Erosion of the mountain environment is monitored and wherever possible kept to a minimum by varying routes, crags, ghylls and group gathering areas. SSSI’s and other sensitive are not used with Impact groups. It is our policy that large groups use man made edges such as quarries and other existing popular ghylls and caves in order to minimise the impact we have on the natural environment. Each crag, ghyll and cave that we use regularly has a location specific Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done. This will be reviewed periodically, and if the impact in question is causing significant damage, an alternative will be used.

Group Development Projects (GDP’s)
The areas used for GDP’s are typically hotel lawns and woodlands of a low ecological value. We do not use areas of high ecological value, or those areas containing sensitive flora and fauna.

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