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Sustainability & ESG

Driving Sustainability Forward

Energy and sustainability are at the heart of our organisation. This encompasses the services we offer to our clients and their stakeholders and extends inwards into a drive to reduce our own energy usage and carbon emissions from our own operations.

As part of Barker’s ESG commitments, we aim to achieve a more sustainable future and address global challenges related to issues such as climate, inequality and environmental degradation in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Aligned with this, we have made significant inroads to reduce our waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse and are accredited to ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems.

Our environmental sustainability goals and actions are set out in the company’s Carbon Reduction Plan.

Empowering Sustainability

To assist our business and our staff in reducing their carbon emissions, we:

EV – Subscribe Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme, through which our staff can lease a fully electric car in exchange for a monthly reduction from their gross salary

Travel reduction – While travelling between sites, we encourage our staff to use public transport as opposed to private vehicles, especially for sites within London

Waste reduction – Have a waste reduction plan in conjunction with our move towards paperless operations.

Office design – We have incorporated low energy lighting, HVAC controls and biophilic design where feasible.

Alongside with our comprehensive Health and Safety Policy, we stringently adhere to the duties and responsibilities placed upon us by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and other statutory provisions applicable to the environment.

From Policy to Practice

Throughout our activities, Barker ensures that our Employees, Agents and Subcontractors take action to:

  • Minimise pollution to air, land and water
  • Reduce waste and use only waste management licensed sites for disposal purposes
  • Conserve energy
  • Inform all Employees on matters relevant to the environment
  • Ensure that all chemicals/substances are stored safely
  • Ensure that no substances are discharged to any verge, hedgerow, water body or other habitat
  • Recognise special areas of conservation and take appropriate action.
    Additionally, all Barker Employees at all levels, have a duty to:
  • Work in a safe and efficient manner with regard not only to their own safety, but that of others and others’ property that may be affected by their acts or omissions
  • Halt all operations on discovering the whereabouts of protected species under British Legislation (such as badgers and their sets, all species of bat, nesting birds, great crested newts) until the management has been informed and permission obtained to carry on
  • Set a personal example by disposing of litter in the appropriate place
  • Assist the company to comply with the relevant statutory provisions for a healthier environment.

What our clients say about us

“We approached Barker to assist us with accessing government funding for the decarbonisation of our estates through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) and delivering the resulting projects. Barker worked with us proactively to write a compelling bid document which resulted in a successful PSDS application and grant funding of c£694k. Barker is highly professional, responsive and knowledgeable.”

L.E.A.D Academy Trust

“With Barker’s assistance, we were able to secure funds from the LCSF round to put together Energy Assessments for some of our schools, and amazingly, secure over £3million worth of funding with the PSDS round. Barker has been great through the whole process, assisting with the initial skills fund award, the bids, monitoring paperwork as well as project tenders, set up, and completion.”

Academies Enterprise Trust

“Barker played a crucial part in our bid submission, working alongside Trust colleagues acting as our technical advisors from feasibility to execution of the projects delivered. Working collaboratively and in partnership with Barker and appointed contractors, we were able to deliver circa £2million worth of decarbonisation projects across our Academies. Barker has supported Windsor Academy Trust in a professional and technical capacity, we have found them to be extremely knowledgeable around infrastructure, renewable energy technologies and decarbonisation strategies.”

Windsor Academy Trust

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Relevant Projects

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)
Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)
  • Client: Various Multi Academy Trusts
  • Location: National
MAT Capital Loans Pilot Scheme – LED Replacement & PV Installation Project
MAT Capital Loans Pilot Scheme – LED Replacement & PV Installation Project
  • Client: Brooke Weston Academies Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust
  • Location: Various

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