Accountant cuts carbon footprint

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Despite adding 75 staff and 1,000 new clients at its seven offices across the south west, accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has sustained its target for carbon reduction.

© Pic by Guy Newman. 16.02.15. Bishop Fleming's Managing Partne
Bishop Fleming managing partner, Matthew Lee (l), with the firm’s carbon monitor, Ewan McClymont

Average consumption of electricity and gas per employee fell by more than 14% in 2014, while the average reams of paper per employee dropped by more than 15%.

Truro-based Ewan McClymont, the firm’s energy specialist who monitors the performance of all seven offices, said: “Recent investment in advanced ‘phone technology, to reduce travel by increasing the use of ‘phone conferencing, and investment in other IT systems is now making a huge impact.

“The roll-out of WYSE terminals, using a fraction of the power of laptops or conventional computers, is also cutting our carbon footprint.

“The only heading which has not fully met our 5% reduction target in the past year is car mileage. We saw a reduction of almost 4%, but this is our biggest challenge.”