Sustainability

THE  HEART  OF  EVERYTHING  WE  DO

SUSTAINABILITY

"When we see the Earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity and not the divisions."

Stephen Hawkins, Brief Answers to the Big Questions.

At SUSTAINABLE ACOUSTICS, we're dedicated to safeguarding wellbeing and upgrading society's experience of the built environment, measuring our operational carbon footprint (scope 1,2 & 3) setting science based reduction targets and recommending sustainable acoustic materials. We strive to embody the four pillars of sustainability: Profit, Place, People and Purpose.

 

WE ARE REGOGNISED BY THE UNITED NATIONS RACE TO ZERO CAMPAIGN.

Recognising that climate change poses a threat to the economy, nature and society-at-large, our company commits to take action immediately in order to:

  1. Halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030

  2. Achieve net zero emissions before 2050

  3. Disclose our progress on a yearly basis

 

"The moment we decide to fullfill something, we can do anything." Greta Thunberg 

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PROTECT We protect human health from harmful exposure to environmental noise including noise from road traffic, rail, aircraft, and wind turbines and leisure noise. We measure, reduce and offset our emissions from our business operations and we have committed to be NET ZERO.

CONNECT  We bring communities together, create opportunities for wellbeing and inspire people to engage with sustainability and our natural world.

ENHANCE We listen, create, plan and deliver optimal environments across the built environment with our dedicated acoustic advice and sustainability input into bid proposals .

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khowlett@sustainableacoustics.co.uk

Sustainable Acoustics, The Rural Business Hub, Gander Down, Andover, Hampshire.

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  We calculate our carbon footprint, invest in energy saving measures and EV transport, manage our emissions from business travel, take climate action seriously and in April 2020 we turned our climate responsibilities into positive outcomes for people, the planet and our business by purchasing carbon offsets from award-winning Climate Care. Our long-term goal is to own our own building where we can generate our own renewables and while we build up to this, offsetting is a short-term solution for us.

28.1 tonnes CO2 e offset with Climate Care

 

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery.

ACOUSTICS FOR
SUSTAINABLE CITIES

 

92.2% of the UK's population is set to live in cities and towns by 2030. At SUSTAINABLE ACOUSTICS we protect human health, create supportive learning and living spaces whilst strengthening our connection with nature.

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NATURE'S 

SOUNDSCAPES

Maintaining our vital connection with nature

Our lives are busier than ever and we increasingly live apart from green spaces, so our need for 'time out' to reconnect with nature has never been more vital to our wellbeing. Soundscaping explores and broadcasts the comforting sounds of nature into the built environment and protects our hearing connection with our living world. 

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NOISE MAPS PROTECT HEARING

Local Authority and NGO User Requirements Data Collection and Analysis 

We undertook research with local authorities across the UK enabling 4th round development of  colour coded 'Noise Maps' highlighting noisy areas to city planners.

We enabled government and local authorities to better understand noise levels and work more efficiently, reducing the number of people exposed to high levels of noise.

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SAVE OUR STREETS

Managing noise as we emerge from lockdown

As anyone who has lived near a nightclub, club or pub knows, managing sound is a top priority.  We work closely with residential schemes and the entertainment industry to protect everyone's wellbeing

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SPORT: PROTECTING PLAY

Bringing communities together

 

Many wouldn’t think twice about wearing hearing protection in a noisy workplace, but we often don't realise that noise can be equally damaging when we’re at play. Our advice optimises sporting environments from clay pigeon shooting to ball sports.

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ON YOUR WINNING BID TEAM

Transforming Sustainablility into a Competative Advantage

Work with us and we will embed client sustainability requirements into the project work to enhance and add value.

SUSTAINABILE MATERIALS

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ECHOPHON

 

DEEP SUSTAINABILITY

CEILINGS AND PANELS

At Ecophon, sustainability is a promise to do better every day, in every way, for their co-workers, customers and partners in all walks of life. 

ROCKWOOL

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

ACOUSTIC ABSORPTION

Creating acoustic products from volcanic rock – a natural material in abundant supply, which is both durable and recyclable

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SUSTAINABLE

suppliers

Do you supply or produce low-embodied carbon acoustic materials? We want to hear from you

WOOLLY SHEPHERD

ZERO WASTE

INNOVATIVE ABSORPTION

Harnessing the remarkable absorptive properties of wool to create acoustic panels from a bi-product of sheep shearing.

 

WINNER of IOA Sustainability Award 2019 

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KEY SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS 2021-2025

Goal 1: Sustainable  Supply Chain
 

We are committed to supporting the transition towards a circular economy and social justice in production. Our target is to complete a full analysis of our supply chain to set a baseline from which to make changes. 

TARGET DATE:
November 2021

Goal 2: Climate Resilience and Risk Register 

Our target is to analyse the effects of extreme weather on our operations using the Mission Net Zero and ISO 14090 frameworks. Climate adaptation will increase our business' resilience. 

TARGET DATE:
June 2022

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Goal 3: Net Zero with zero offsets.

Our long-term goal is to own our own office and generate renewable energy at source.  We can then transition away from offsets completely and power our operations independently and provide EV changing to our staff.

TARGET DATE:
June 2025

 
 
 

RESOURCES
Documents we found useful on our sustainability journey -
free for you to download and use. 

 
 

UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

These 6 goals provide a useful framework for our business' approach  to sustainability.

We protect the health of our staff and  of society around us.

  • Daily staff breathwork sessions offered to boost wellbeing and productivity.

  • Qualified in-house Mental Health First Aider, Emergency First Aider and Wellbeing co-ordinator.

  • Hearing Health: Input into London Mayor, Defra and Home Office policy on noise . Working with local people to improve community wellbeing.

GOAL 3

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We build education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive.

GOAL 4

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  • Disability sensitive and inclusive Acoustic design for SEND education facilities.

  • Design for Deaf UK

  • Achieving enhanced longer-term educational outcomes.

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We created the new Institute of Acoustics' Sustainable Design Award to promote efficient use of resources in acoustic materials.

GOAL 9

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  • Judging panel for IOA Sustainability Award

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OUR KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

We take the impact of our business operations seriously. Here are our key achievements:

We work for inclusive and sustainable urbanisation which safeguards our connection to nature and each other. 

GOAL 11

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We recommend acoustic materials from responsible and ethical suppliers. 

GOAL 12

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  • Recycled, zero- waste or circular economy principals recommended. 

  • Operational waste recycled, composted and weighed.

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We take action to combat climate change and its impacts. 

GOAL 13

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  • Risk assessment and adaptation to extreme weather affecting our operations

  • Attendance at climate marches, declaration of a climate emergency, 2019.

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Like what you see?
Want to work with a consultancy with purpose?

email Katherine Howlett, Sustainability Manager khowlett@sustainableacoustics.co.uk

 
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OUR TEAM

We want our clients to thrive. When you work with us you can expect enthusiasm, a positive mindset and a purposeful outcome.

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