We accept our responsibility towards the environment and the role we have in helping to address some of the major challenges it faces.
The competing human demands on land, sea, soil and vegetation need to be addressed so our overall aim is to ensure that the activities we perform do not impart any harm or damage to the environment. We continually strive to improve our environmental performance without undermining crucial ecosystem functions and to identify opportunities to adopt best practice over and above the minimum legislative requirements.
The Environmental Management System and an Environmental Logbook have been introduced to help us both monitor and measure our environmental performance. The EMS process (available on request) is repeated every six months and complimented by environmental audits which are performed on a quarterly basis. In the Environmental Logbook we will record any incidents, routine maintenance visits, the outcome of our monthly audits, the dates of flotsam collection and any improvement works completed.
We have a written Pollution Incident Response Plan which identifies where spill kits are located on site and describes what action should be taken in the event of a spillage, leak or other environmental incident. In any event, the Marina Manager should be notified of all spillages.
We are confident this consistent and systematic approach will enable us to achieve our primary goals, which are as follows:
- exceed relevant environmental legislation by following best practices.
- minimise our use of natural resources such as water, energy and heat.
- maximise our ability to reduce / reuse / recycle materials and waste.
The management of waste produced within the Marina is of particular importance and we ask our customers to help us protect the environment by using the recycling facilities and "reduce, reuse and recycle". Discharging any waste (except grey water) into the sea is strictly prohibited and customers are advised to follow the Green Blue Best Practice advice for Grey Water (copies of which are available online or from the office). Customers are also asked to check bilges are free from oil before pumping and to report all potentially hazardous environmental issues to the Marina Manager (see Emergency Plan).
In any event, customer's have a legal duty not to allow any polluting, poisonous or noxious material (inc. solid matter) to enter controlled waters without consent issued by one of the UK's Environmental Agencies. This is regardless of whether the discharge was intentional or not.
To reduce our own carbon footprint, in 2013 / 2014 we will…
- Turn off lights, heating and taps when not in use.
- Use internet communications (rather than printed material).
- Recycle as much as possible through environmentally friendly waste carriers.
- Provide adequate and clearly marked waste facilities.
- Provide clear and understandable instructions on using the recycling facilities.
- Provide suitable containers for the disposal of hazardous waste.
- Raise awareness of our environmental commitment.
- Remove flotsam in the Marina from other parts of Lake Lothing.
- Promote sustainability amongst customers.
- Encourage customers to adopt Green Blue procedures.
- Source products and services locally from suppliers with good environmental credentials.
- Regularly service equipment to ensure optimum performance.
- Collect rain-water for landscaping.
As part of the objectives and goals for 2011 / 12, some of the progress made to improve our environmental footprint included insulating the office block roof, upgrading heating system and office printers to energy efficient products, fitting low-energy bulbs and introducing dedicated recycling areas.
This Policy confirms our firm commitment to the environment and the measures we are taking to address some of the challenges it faces.
Environmental Management System
Develop an overview of the Marina (including its immediate surroundings) and make a physical examination of the Marina's environmental conditions. Identify environmental loads (to include energy, materials, waste and water) distinguishing between the Marina and boats moored within its confines.
Determine goals for each condition identified within the mapping stage and it is important to take into account the Marina's overall Environmental Policy.
Identify the importance and level of impact for each objective and formulate a Management Plan to achieve each goal which will include the setting of priorities for the coming period (six months).
Having decided what to do, timeframes for goals can be set.
The implementation of the Management Plan may require a change of behaviour of the users and management of the Marina, a change in the Code of Conduct and the production of new instructions. It is important to inform everybody about the Management Plan and what is required of everyone.
A full audit measures the effectiveness of the Management Plan and whether it has been fulfilled. Investigate the reason and extent of any discrepancies and note any unforeseen effects.
By publishing the evaluation process, it is used as a tool to promote the improvements made both internally and externally. It describes the main environmental loads, prior environmental improvements, environmental goals and measures being taken to resolve any discrepancies.