United Nations World Environment Day (WED) 2010 is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action. Commemorated on June 5th since 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
WED gives a human face to environmental issues and enables people to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. WED is also a day for advocating partnerships among all stakeholders or perhaps, even more correctly, among all species living on this one planet and sharing a common future.
Reed Elsevier participating in WED by recognizing Reed Elsevier’s Green Heroes. These Green Heroes have been nominated by colleagues in a recently held campaign on the Green Room, the Reed Elsevier employee environmental web site. The Green Heroes are:
In addition, the number of Reed Elsevier business locations that are designated as Green in the annual checkpoint has risen from 10 last year to 26, exceeding the goal of 20 locations. These locations are in Great Britain, the United States, Singapore, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands. To achieve green status, locations have to achieve at least five of the eight standards covering the Reed Elsevier key environmental impact areas (including waste, water, energy consumption, travel, carbon output, and reporting).
To realize efficiencies, Reed Elsevier has established working groups to focus on specific areas and hired dedicated engineering, design, and construction specialists to help identify reduction possibilities throughout its portfolio. Reed Elsevier has also established environmental standards to engage all employees. Standard levels are based on current environmental performance and internal and external good practice. Employees at locations with excellent performance serve as mentors to those at lower performing locations. By setting standards based on usage levels per person, Reed Elsevier aims to engage employees in attaining the standards and to inspire green competition among offices. Furthermore, managing and improving environmental performance requires good measurement. In line with best practice, Reed Elsevier’s environmental data is audited by Ernst & Young.
Annually, Mark Armour, Chief Financial Officer, hosts an environmental checkpoint meeting with Reed Elsevier’s Environmental Champions to review progress in decreasing Reed Elsevier’s environmental impact and to explore further opportunities to make savings and also derive financial returns. As part of its overall efforts this year, Reed Elsevier is putting particular focus on reducing waste. In 2009, Reed Elsevier recycled 60% of its waste and has set a target to reach 70% over the next few years. Reed Elsevier is encouraging its employees to celebrate 2010 World Environment Day with a personal environmental pledge to reduce waste.