Helping the Vipassana Trust understand their environmental impact

Background Vipassana Trust is an educational charity which provides 10-day residential Vipassana meditation courses to the public on a donation-only basis. In Suffolk, the charity operates out of Walnut Tree Manor; a farmstead dating back to the seventeenth century. As well as the Grade-II listed Manor House, the Suffolk site comprises a connected Coach House…Read More »

SPILL Festival awarded Carbon Charter Bronze Standard

SPILL is an arts organisation and registered charity based in Ipswich. SPILL creates events for visitors from Ipswich, East Anglia, and further afield, and they work with artists to support their practice. Following an assessment by Groundwork Consultants, SPILL Festival was awarded their Bronze Carbon Charter in recognition of the steps taken to reduce their…Read More »

Business Activities for Earth Day – 22nd April 2024

Established in 1970, Earth Day is an annual celebration that honours the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earths natural resources. Over 1 billion people take action each year but sadly not all actions have the same impact. Businesses are one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses worldwide…Read More »

Groundwork at the Directory of Social Change Going Green conference

The Directory of Social Change hosted their second Going Green conference on the 21st March 2024 driving forward their ambition to create a sustainable charity sector. The conference brought together charity leaders and senior decision-makers to discuss what can be done to become more sustainable, how to go about it and how the sector can…Read More »

Improving energy efficiency with Genlab

Background Genlab is an industrial oven and incubator manufacturing based in Widnes, Cheshire. Groundwork first supported Genlab in the early 2000’s when the business was looking to improve and demonstrate its environmental credentials to the automotive and aerospace sector, which were two of its primary markets. Reducing energy costs The invasion of the Ukraine and…Read More »

Getting started with Sustainable Procurement

A Nielsen study reported that 66% of consumers are willing to pay more for products from brands committed to sustainability. Sustainable procurement contributes to a positive brand image and can enhance customer loyalty. What is Sustainable Procurement? Sustainable Procurement is a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a…Read More »

Helping Farrall’s Group move towards Net Zero

Background Farrall’s Group is a family run business established in 1956 located just outside of Chester which provides distribution and warehousing solutions. Their fleet currently stands at 80 vehicles and operates from 3 warehouses, all of which hold the British Retail Consortium’s AA Certification. Farrall’s Group are keen to reduce their carbon emissions and support…Read More »

Join us – Navigating Net Zero event, Cheshire

As part of Groundwork’s Race to Zero project with Cheshire West & Chester Council, our Sustainable Business Consultants will be hosting an event for businesses in the area to learn more about what Net Zero is (and what it’s not), solutions to reduce carbon emissions and what financial support is available through the Race to Zero…Read More »

What is PPN06/21?

If your organisation is applying for a local authority or government contract you will be required to have a Carbon Reduction Plan in place in order to apply, in line with PPN 06/21. PPN 06/21 is a Procurement Policy Notice (PPN) which was published in June 2021 by the UK Government which has established criteria…Read More »