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Keeping Our Creative Spaces Sustainable By Meeting The SDGs: Spenbeck’s Environmental Goals

18/2/21
SDG Compliant: Climate Action, Responsible Consumption, Affordable and Clean Energy

Here at Spenbeck, we are committed to using our Carbon Literacy knowledge to provide environmentally-sustainable creative spaces in the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market, helping our tenants meet their sustainability goals and boosting client and staff retention while working towards Nottingham City Council’s Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028 pledge.

One of the ways we are doing this is by working towards meeting the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

What are the SDGs?

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established in the United Nation’s 2015 General Assembly, are essentially a blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. They address numerous global challenges humanity faces including poverty, inequality, climate change and more. These 17 goals, intended to be achieved by the year 2030, summarise the steps we need to take to create a better world for ourselves.

These goals have been set not just for governments, but for every company, business and community, meaning we all have a key part to play. Spenbeck are committed to helping our tenant businesses meet their SDG goals by providing sustainable and inclusive creative spaces in Nottingham’s Lace Market, all near local transport links, providing a physical environment in which businesses can flourish.

In our recent survey ‘Generation Z and Workplace Sustainability’, 97.6% of participants agreed that companies have a responsibility to be more environmentally aware. In addition, 85.7% of participants agreed that businesses should implement the SDGs as much as possible.

SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) play a key role in the economy, contributing to economic growth and employment. As a result, we are hoping to set an example and lead the way in effectively integrating the SDGs into our business.

In this blog, the first in a series exploring how are aiming to achieve the UN’s 17 SDGs, we explore how Spenbeck are meeting the UN’s environmental sustainability goals.

Spenbeck and Environmental Sustainability

Spenbeck aim to meet as many of the SDGs as possible. We have split these into three pillars: Environmental, Economic and Social. Below, we explore some of the methods we are using to achieve our Environmental goals.

SDG Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

In order to meet SDG Goal 7, at the start of 2021 Spenbeck switched to Valda Energy as our electricity provider.

Valda Energy supplies all customers with electricity from 100% renewable energy sources, reducing our – and our tenants’ – carbon footprint and environmental impact.

In addition, we have prioritised works to improving the thermal health of The Birkin Building (home to our flagship creative space in Nottingham’s Lace Market), as part of Phase II of our HAZ renovation project, thereby reducing our tenants’ energy bills.

SDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Responsible consumption is key in order to minimise the number of materials and resources we are using. In turn, this decreases waste, emissions, and carbon footprint. Spenbeck has aimed to meet this goal by:

  • Issuing pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) to guarantee quality assurance among our contractors, ensuring that our partners have the appropriate accreditations and follow sustainable business practices that align with our values while working towards a circular economy
  • Sourcing FSC-certified, locally-produced and recycled materials where possible
  • Installing zoned LED lights to decrease energy usage
  • Using chemical-free cleaning products which are biodegradable, kinder to the environment and proven to have a positive impact on mental and physical health
  • Implementing the DOFF steam-cleaning technique, an environmentally-friendly method approved by Historic England, to clean masonry

SDG Goal 13 - Climate Action

Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Nottingham has made an ambitious commitment to become the UK’s first Carbon Neutral City by 2028, and Spenbeck is keen to help achieve this goal by implementing a number of suggestions listed in Nottingham City Council’s ‘2028 Carbon Neutral Action Plan‘, including:

  • Increasing energy conservation by tackling thermal leakage in our spaces
  • Installing bike racks and on-site showers to encourage a more environmentally-friendly commute to work
  • Switching to a renewable energy tariff

How Are We Making Our Creative Space Environmentally-Sustainable?

Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming Sustainability blog posts, where we will be detailing how we are working to fulfil the UN’s Social and Economic SDG goals.

If you or your business are striving to meet your SDG goals and are looking to move into a sustainable workspace, get in touch to find out how we can make our creative spaces work for you.

Anousha Bhugun