All government departments are committing to improving their sustainability. We publish figures on our energy consumption for our headquarters.

To save energy, we:

  • installed a new centralised boiler at our Titchfield site
  • installed a dual fuel biomass boiler system at our Newport site
  • used automatic meter readings and building management systems to target energy use in specific areas
  • changed operating temperatures in line with best practice for general office space and server rooms
  • shut down buildings and systems over quiet periods
  • installed voltage optimisation equipment
  • replaced car park lighting with energy efficient fittings
  • fitted timers to ensure car park lights are only on when needed
  • installed timers on water boilers so that the amount of hot water available matches the need
  • changed the computer room cooling temperatures
  • created a set of core hours for heating and producing hot water
  • replaced single glazed metal framed windows with UPVC double glazing
  • installed cavity wall insulation
  • installed draft excluding curtains to the loading bay doors
  • changed the office lighting in refurbished areas to limit light fittings, and introduced LED bulbs

UK Statistics Authority sustainable development policy statement

It is the policy of the UK Statistics Authority (including the Office for National Statistics, its executive office) to conduct its operations in a manner that reflects a commitment to the protection of the environment, embeds the principles and priorities of the government’s sustainable development strategy and complies with environmental laws and regulations.

The UK Statistics Authority will:

  • maintain its environmental management system to ISO 14001 standards
  • achieve continual improvement in environmental performance
  • consider the environmental impact of our operations and prevent pollution and reduce carbon emissions
  • aim to meet the targets established by the government
  • meet all environmental legislative requirements
  • comply with sustainable reporting requirements

Our objectives are to:

  • reduce carbon emissions from fuel consumption by our buildings
  • reduce carbon emissions from official travel
  • reduce water consumption
  • reduce waste
  • reuse or recycle all waste
  • incorporate sustainable development issues into our purchasing and contract management strategies
  • encourage volunteering opportunities within the local community

Implementation

The UK Statistics Authority will meet these aims and objectives by the means set out in our sustainable development action plan, which is reviewed annually.

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