Blackburn Starling is committed to protecting the environment in relation to the scope of its business activities and senior management are committed to ensure that protection of the environment is firmly embedded in both the company’s and all of its employee’s culture. This level of commitment was demonstrated recently by investing in certification against the latest Environmental Management Standard BS EN ISO 14001:2015. The certificate was formally awarded to Blackburn Starling by the British Standards Institute in September 2016 following several rigorous audits.
Blackburn Starling is a member of the Achilles Verify Scheme, a further assurance to existing and potential customers that we have effective Environmental systems in place. The Environmental Management System is subject to independent audits by Achilles Verify on an annual basis with the latest scores being the highest we have achieved since commencement of membership to the scheme in 2003.
The environmental impacts as a result of Blackburn Starling’s operations are minimal, however a number of environmental initiatives have been implemented over recent years as part of the company’s continuous improvement policy towards the environment. A major key environmental priority for Blackburn Starling is waste management and waste minimisation. Our aim is to prevent as much waste as possible occurring and then to re-use / re-cycle as much as possible and only to dispose of waste as the final option.
The company is registered directly with the Environment Agency’s National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD), an assurance to our customers that we fulfil our obligations in accordance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations. Our EA Producer Registration Number is WEE/GE0002ZR.
Blackburn Starling is an accredited member of the Achilles Carbon & Energy Management And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS), certified in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006 for carbon measurement and reduction. Having joined the scheme in 2010 with the 5 year target of reducing our emissions by 5% or 56 tonnes CO2e we actually succeeded in almost halving our emissions by a massive 45% or 460 tonnes CO2e. By modernising our manufacturing processes, making building improvements and introducing environmental employee awareness schemes we exceeded all of our targets and expectations. This achievement and was recognised by Achilles during an awards ceremony at the New Zealand High Commission in London in October 2016 where Blackburn Starling, along with 29 other leading infrastructure organisations, was presented with the coveted CEMARS Gold Award in acknowledgement of this fantastic achievement.