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POP shop enterprise CIC
Environmental policy

POP shop enterprises CIC is a community interest company based in Dunoon. We are on a mission to “work with people to design heritage-inspired solutions to climate change that build health and wealth into our community”.

The company is currently managed by a board of four directors, 2 executive, 2 non-executive.

As an organisation we place sustainable development at the heart of our mission.

POP shop enterprises CIC is located in a small rural town in Scotland, surrounded by stunning natural assets including sensitive marine environments, Atlantic Rainforests, rare grassland and ecosystems. We are deeply concerned about the negative consequences climate change and biodiversity loss will have on our community.

This policy has been developed to ensure that POP shop enterprises CIC considers the protection of the environment in the way we work and the way we measure success.

Our goal with this policy is to embed the principles of sustainable development into everything we do. In addition, this policy is designed to sit alongside the development of an Environmental action plan for POP shop enterprises CIC.

Our aim is to align our work and operations with the progressive approach to carbon reduction, and net zero by 2045, as set out by the Scottish Government.

Governance and training

POP shop enterprises CIC is committed to integrating consideration for the environment into decision-making processes across the organisation by developing the carbon literacy of our board, staff, freelancers and members and using opportunities to promote sustainable development to members of our wider community.

 

Over the next year POP shop enterprises CIC is committed to developing a climate action plan for the organisation. All board members, staff and freelancers are encouraged to:

  • Share information about the practical steps the organisation can take to reduce carbon with managers.

  • Access and attend training about carbon literacy, netzero and biodiversity.

 

At a strategic level POP shop enterprises CIC will forge proactive partnerships with organisations such as Dunoon Community Development Trust, Argyll and the Isles Countryside Trust, Creative Carbon, Argyll and Bute Council’s Climate Action Committee, Architecture and Design Scotland and Scottish Community Climate Action network to develop projects, policy and operational approaches that support a just transition.

Utilities

  • POP shop enterprises CIC staff will record the use of utilities (electricit andvwater) in their work. We will also review and audit our equipment and digital services to understand more fully the material and energy impacts of our operation.

  • We will remind POP shop enterprises CIC members and freelancers to reduce their energy usage by switching off equipment when not in use.

Waste

  • We will work with POP shop enterprises CIC to audit the levels of waste produced through our operation.

  • We will keep printed materials to a minimum, double-sided printing is to be used to print out papers where possible.

  • At events we will always request waste minimisation measures be put in place and work with venues to remove single use items.

  • Where possible we will seek to reuse equipment or extend the life of equipment through repair and taking specialist advice.

  • We will talk to partners to ensure equipment and materials already in the community are used and shared.

 

Procurement

  • POP shop enterprises CIC will purchase services and equipment carefully and request environmental information from suppliers so we can assess the impact of purchases against an environmental agenda.

  • We will set out clear environmental criteria for suppliers and assess the purchase of services using these, giving even weight to price and environment within decision making processes.

 

Travel

  • We will request that all board members, staff and freelancers record and report on their travel connected to POP shop enterprises CIC.

  • We will encourage the use of public transport, car share schemes and Active Travel where possible.

  • As community based organisation we understand the importance of meeting people face to face, but will work to minimise travel by car by hosting meetings online when practically possible.

 

The development of work new work.

  • We will commission creative work and practitioner development that explores climate change and opens new spaces for community conversations about sustainable development.

  • We will encourage the development of multidisciplinary creative projects that bring people and knowledge networks together to explore new approaches to developing services in alignment with a netzero agenda and protecting biodiversity.

  • We will encourage the progressive use of historic archives and artefacts to stimulate new conversations about climate change and traditional skills and materials within work.

  • We will seek out opportunities for creative practitioners to learn new skills and research new approaches to producing work that supports sustainable the use of new low carbon materials.

  • We will convene conversations about climate change and a netzero agenda within creative and cultural work at local level and advocate for change through sharing our work and research.

  • We will seek out opportunities to share good practice across our network and promote the work of creative practitioners who are truly working towards a netzero and climate change agenda.

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