Green Zone

We are always looking to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. To highlight this, we have a Sustainability Policy (0.268MB) Adobe Acrobat File which outlines the ways in which we intend to become more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint.

Our Vision

Is to build homes that are increasingly sustainable.

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment through a reduction in our carbon footprint, increased recycling, and working with contractors who are committed to sustainable procurement chains.

We aim to reduce our energy usage and we encourage green travel options within our organisation.

Why Is Sustainability Important?

Sustainability is the means to meet our needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability has become the word that symbolises new efforts in maintaining our presence on the planet for thousands of years to come.

Sustainability has also become adopted within the environmental community and covers all environmental areas including recycling, reducing carbon emissions and sourcing new types of renewable energy to name a few. Specifically for Estuary it relates to environmental issues such as the type of materials used in new developments and maintenance, the transport methods chosen by staff and Estuary’s general office working practices and recycling.
 

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Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county's leading conservation charity with many fantastic events taking place across the county. Estuary has silver corporate membership of Essex Wildlife Trust and support sustainable ecological endeavours to protect the bio-physical environment wherever possible.

If you have any green tips you would like to share, or any ideas for improving sustainability at Estuary let us know by emailing info@estuary.co.uk  

Green Tips - Workplace

Saving Energy within the Workplace

  • Turn off lights and water heaters when you leave the building
  • Ensure all systems and printers are turned off and not left on standby overnight
  • Install weather stripping around outer doors and windows
  • Insulate supply pipes, water heaters and install ceiling and wall insulation where appropriate
  • Install blinds, and shades to cool the office
  • Turn-off air-conditioning and heating systems when rooms are not occupied
  • Replace incandescent office signs, such as "EXIT", with LED signs. LEDs use about one-tenth the wattage and last up to 50 times longer than incandescentlamp signs
  • Encourage and educate each other to be conscious about energy and to offer ideas about how to save energy.

Green Tips - Driving

Tips for Green Driving:

  1. Drive Off From Cold. Modern cars are designed to move straight away. Warming up the engine just wastes fuel - and causes engine wear
  2. Check Your Revs. Change up before 2,500rpm (petrol) or 2,000rpm (diesel)
  3. Drive Smoothly. Anticipate road conditions so that you drive smoothly and avoid sharp acceleration and heavy braking. This saves fuel and reduces accident rates
  4. Step Off The Accelerator. When slowing down or driving downhill, remain in gear but take your foot off the accelerator early. This reduces fuel flow to the engine to virtually zero
  5. Slow Down. Driving within the speed limit is safer as well as being the law, and reduces fuel consumption
  6. Stuck in Traffic Switch It Off. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they are re-started without pressing the accelerator. Turn off the engine if you're going to be stationary for more than a minute or two
  7. Smarter preparation:  Plan Ahead. Plan your journeys to avoid congestion and road works, and to make sure you don't waste fuel or time getting lost!
  8. Keep It Long. Use other forms of transport for short journeys, if you can. A cooler engine uses almost twice as much fuel and catalytic converters can take five miles to become effective
  9. Reduce Drag. Accessories such as roof racks, bike carriers and roof boxes significantly affect your car's aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency, so remove them when not in use
  10. Check Tyre Pressure. Under-inflated tyres are dangerous and increase fuel consumption
  11. CO2 Emissions. Visit http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/ to find your emissions and tax band
  12. Air conditioning can significantly increase fuel consumption. However, if you are really hot and travelling at speed, air conditioning is better for fuel consumption than opening windows. Try an 'eco' setting if you have one.

The benefits of smarter driving:

  • Reduce your annual fuel bills
  • Cut your carbon emissions
  • Reduce wear and tear on the vehicle
  • Enjoy safer, less stressful journeys.