London borough achieve carbon-neutrality in one year
Grounds maintenance and landscape creation specialist, Idverde, has been awarded a 10-year grounds maintenance, sports and bereavement services contract with London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that it claims will achieve carbon-neutrality in one year. It said it will achieve this by its commitment to sustainability and investment in electrification and zero-emission assets, which will be used across all parks, cemeteries and open spaces, reports Smartcitiesworld.
Saul Huxley, Idverde’s organic development director, said: “Accomplishing outstanding results with parks and open spaces, while achieving strict environmental and social objectives are central to this innovative contract. Not only are we investing in electrification and zero-emission equipment and vehicles, but we are also investing in the Idverde team on the ground through enhancing skills, standards and expertise.”
He added: “As government bodies and businesses seek the best means to achieve sustainable outcomes, we firmly believe that this type of innovative carbon-neutral contract is a crucial asset in our ongoing efforts to reverse climate change and is a testament to the forward-thinking approach from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.”
The new contract is estimated to save at least 28 tonnes of carbon and it starts in April 2021.
It will involve use of the following equipment and methods: 12 electric vehicles, all electric small plant, five e-cargo bikes for supervisors and park keepers to use, full carbon offsetting from year one, sustainable planting guide, five-year plastic reduction plan in place and real-time management information system using PDAs to reduce paperwork and waste. Other environmental initiatives include rainwater harvesting for irrigating the nursery and filling bowsers and an enhanced green waste composting facility.
Other working methods and service improvements put in place to achieve the aims include a dedicated community and training manager to raise horticultural standards, internal accredited horticultural training for all staff and the creation of a community nursery for local groups to use, with community training sessions and workshops.
Councillor Emma Will, lead member for leisure at Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: “We are all very proud of our parks and open spaces in the borough. Not only are they beautiful places to spend time and take a break from the hustle of city life, but for many of us they are a welcome piece of green space. As a council we are committed to being carbon neutral by 2030, and this includes our contractors, so it is great to see the plans idverde have to achieve this and help build the borough’s biodiversity.”