SAAS Annual Report and Accounts 2013-2014 - page 16

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Gas Usage
Gas consumption dropped in 2013-14 due to overtime and weekend working being carried out at
Saughton House reducing the amount of time that Gyleview House was open. Heating is reduced to
‘frost protection’ level at weekends and over Christmas when the office is closed.
Electricity Usage
Through Scottish Government procurement, we purchase 100% of the electricity required to run our
building from ‘green’ sources. Electricity consumption has reduced due to the electric saving measures
we have in place and overtime and weekend working being carried out at Saughton House reducing the
amount of time Gyleview House was open.
Water Usage
Water saving initiatives were introduced in 2008. This year the water usage is averaging 2.77m
3
per day. Overall water usage increased due to a significant increase in staffing although consumption
per FTE staff has reduced.
Waste management
Table 3: Total waste comparison 2011-2012 to 2013-2014
2010-2011
(Metric Tonnes)
2011-12
(Metric Tonnes)
2012-13
(Metric Tonnes)
2013-14
(Metric Tonnes)
Total waste recorded
55.095
64.842
61.373
59.250
Recycled
41.029 (74.20%)
48.462 (72.85%)
42.733 (69.01%)
41.360 (69.25%)
Landfill
14.065 (25.80%)
17.400 (27.15%)
18.640 (30.99%)
17.890 (30.75%)
Total waste per person (based
on average staff numbers)
0.349
0.400
0.349
0.240
The procedure used for measuring waste under the present Scottish Government framework document, of
which SAAS is a collaborative partner, is that all waste is aggregated and the only guaranteed figures are
for confidential waste that is shredded on site.
Biodiversity
The Agency’s landscape contractor uses native plants produced in Scotland and recycles 90-100% of
green waste – nothing goes to landfill. Biodegradable systemic herbicides are used rather than pesticides.
We have also installed birdhouses in trees in the area surrounding the office to encourage birds to nest
locally.
Communication
Our environmental policy is part of induction training for all new staff. The environmental notice board is
kept up to date with relevant notices, leaflets etc. We publish high level details of our environmental
performance in our annual reports and corporate plans.
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