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FM industry efforts increase to reduce use of plastic

23 April 2019

With increasing awareness of the impact of plastic waste on the environment and wild life spreading throughout industry and society in general, the FM sector is stepping up its engagement with the issue.

Last week saw the latest collaborative effort between RICS and the IFMA, with an event held at the RICS Westminster office that included presentations by Greenpeace, City to Sea and Kids Against Plastic.

All of these emphasised the issue, ranging from plastic contamination found in the remotest regions of the world, to the growing number of deaths caused to wild life - particularly seabirds and marine mammals - and the increasing impact of micro plastics.

One of the main messages to emerge from the evening was the impact that FM can have in reducing the use of plastic, both by introducing relevant initiatives and influencing facilities users to change their behaviour and attitude towards the use of plastic.

RICS global property standards director and IFMA UK director Paul Bagust said: "FMhas a huge role to play in breaking this cycle of plastic use and must take thelead in ensuring that innovative solutions are created to enable businesses toeliminate their reliance and use of single-use plastic.

"Weare calling on the industry to further demonstrate the strategic value it hasfor many years claimed it provides. This may be the opportunity for ourprofession to showcase its role to business and governments around the world."

IFMA UK director and Churchill managing director Antony Law said: "
This is the first in an event series – and in thefuture we will be shining a light on the organisations that are doing their bitto safeguard the planet."

In addition to this, Emcor UK has announced a joint exercise with the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School to advise on managing the use of plastic in business.

The free e-learning module has been designed to cover the entire spectrum of plastic use in a typical business and the most common areas of wastage.

It will further emphasise the detrimental environmental impact of single use plastics, already heightened by a growing number of consumers.

Those wishing to 
register for the Emcor UK and Supply ChainSustainability School - Sustainable Use & Management of Plastics module can do so here.

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