Urban Maintenance Systems, through our ZERO Harm Program and Sustainability Policy has made a commitment to minimising our impact on the environment.
As a business we are achieving this by better understanding the impact of our operations and working to reduce our environmental footprint.
Recent UMS initiatives include incorporating the assessment of potential impact into our pre-job start checks; alternative product sourcing; paint recycling; mercury tube recycling; LED beacon lights; power switch sensor lights; hot water timers; ‘fit for purpose’ vehicles and low CO2 vehicle procurement.
Often the hardest step to take in achieving progress in reducing environmental impact is to start measuring current use and testing alternatives.
UMS has tackled this through the formation of the Sustainability Committee with cross functional representation, reporting on vehicle CO2 emissions on a monthly basis, conducting a business-wide survey of sustainability related practices and trialling alternative, lower impact printing and copying consumables.
The information from these initiatives has now led to the development of a formal reduction program to be implemented across the business in operations, procurement and corporate support functions.
Our aim in implementing these initiatives is to encourage better practices within our business and to be able to pass on our experiences and be better positioned to actively participate in and contribute to the environmental and sustainability programs run by the customers and communities we serve.
These in turn promise to deliver a range of benefits to asset owners including operational cost reduction – particularly in energy consumption, optimised asset life cycle cost, minimised downtime, increased asset utility, greater end-customer satisfaction and a net reduced total carbon footprint.