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The Guardian makes London office HQ greener

The Guardian has revealed, in a report, the results of its ongoing initiatives to reduce the carbon, waste and resource footprints of its London office.

It made the move to its current King’s Cross headquarters – King’s Place – in 2008. Although an already environmentally friendly building, the newspaper giant has attempted to do just that little bit more to limit the building’s impact on the planet.

In the report it was revealed that the amount of gas and electricity used at the building during the last financial year had fallen. As a result of this the amount of CO2 emissions per staff member at the building also fell by around nine per cent.

Similarly positive results were displayed in regards to the newspaper’s waste footprint at the building. In a bid to increase recycling across the company, the Guardian revealed that it introduced an initiative, entitled Love Your Waste. Through this initiative recycling rates at the headquarters increased by 12 per cent – from 66 per cent. Although figures could not be provided in the report, the Guardian revealed that its members of staff at the building recycle  typical office supplies – printing cartridges, batteries, CDs, computers etc.

In order to reduce the building’s resource footprint, the Guardian provided each staff member with china mugs – to replace the previously used paper cups. The Guardian has forecast that by taking this step at the London office, it will save 472,000 paper cups a year – equating to a saving worth in excess of £10, 000 every year.

As well as implementing such green initiatives at its London office, The Guardian has revealed that similar steps have also been taken to help make its offices in Manchester and New York greener too.

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