Footprint and sustainability

21 September 2010

To reduce our carbon footprint, provide value for money and ensure that Ofcom’s practices are environmentally sustainable.

At Ofcom we believe that it is important not only to reduce our carbon footprint, but also to run our organisation in a sustainable manner. This reflects a desire to reduce our own overhead costs and waste, to contribute to reducing the UK’s overall emissions, and to ensure that we adopt and promote sustainable practices to our colleagues.

Over the years, Ofcom has conducted a number of initiatives to deliver carbon reductions. This includes substantial energy reduction projects at Riverside House, using more energy efficient offsite servers, and moving from printed publications to online publications. We also actively promote recycling, sustainable travel and good energy practice to our colleagues.

We carried out our first carbon audit in 2007, and subsequently committed to a challenging 25% reduction in carbon emissions by 2013. Our most recent audit in 2013 showed that we have met this target and surpassed it by reducing our overall footprint by 30%. We have developed a programme to maintain this reduction and to ensure that our operations adhere to environmental best practice.

In 2009 our commitment to carbon reduction was recognised when we attained Carbon Trust Standard certification.