Local organisations sign up to climate change declaration

Warrens Office has become the latest local organisation to sign up to the Winchester Declaration on Climate Change.

The Winchester Declaration on Climate Change gives organisations of all types - including businesses, charities and the public sector - the opportunity to pledge to reduce their carbon emissions. It was launched to encourage organisations to think about how they can reduce their impact on the environment.

The declaration follows work conducted by Winchester District Strategic Partnership (WDSP) and Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester by 20 per cent by the end of 2012.

Warrens Office, which is based in Winnall, is the latest in a number of local organisations which have signed up to the Declaration. The first wave of organisations to sign up in February this year included Winchester City Council, The University of Winchester, Winchester College, Winchester Area Community Action, and Winchester & Eastleigh HealthCare Trust.

Cllr Kelsie Learney, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “We’re delighted that local organisations such as Warrens Office are signing up to the Declaration on Climate Change. We all need to work together to lower our carbon emissions and lead the way in taking a more responsible approach to energy use. I hope that other local businesses will join us in helping to reduce our District’s carbon footprint over the next two years.”

Paul Morgan, Managing Director of Warrens Office, added: “Over the last 18 months we have moved the environment to the top of our agenda. With 25 staff based at Winnall, we have the ability to make a real difference locally to the way we trade. We also recognise the positive impact we can have on the outlook of staff, customers and suppliers. Our efforts last year were nationally recognised, with our ISO14001 accreditation. As we are based in this great city, we want to do everything we can to support such a worthwhile cause.”

Organisations agreeing to sign up will publish a plan for reducing their carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2012, sign up to at least one low carbon campaign, and support their staff in reducing their own personal carbon footprints.