The Managing Director, Mr Nick Case, is the Board Director responsible for the environmental performance of the company. Muse Interiors (UK) Ltd is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its activities through good environmental management practices. The company’s Environmental policy has been revised in 2010.
Muse Interiors is committed to the implementation of this environmental policy and will seek to ensure that all aspects of our work are fully compliant where appropriate. We believe that developing our businesses in an environmentally responsible manner, taking full account of evolving environmental issues, compliance with applicable legal requirements and commitment to the prevention of pollution, is in the best interests of the Company, its employees and customers.
As a supplier of commercial interior products we are focused on the reduction of energy consumption and the subsequent reduction in harmful environmental impacts. Environmental objectives and targets have been established at relevant functions and levels within the organisation and with our associated business partnerships. Consequently we conduct our own activities and operations in line with best environmental practice, seeking continual improvement and innovation.
This is particularly relevant with regard to the suppliers of wood products. Any suppliers of veneers or hardwoods are required to demonstrate their sourcing of the product from countries that have a sustained replacement forestry programme.
Specific material initiatives are:
All timber suppliers have been assessed by BM Trada Certification Ltd. for FSC Chain of Custody Certification. Muse Interiors (UK) Ltd supports the debate for the construction industry to increase the use in projects of timber sourced from well-managed forests and plantations. To this end, we welcome discussion with clients at an early stage in the specification process to determine which veneers and timbers are available from suppliers either with FSC certification or third party independent verification, such as the Tropical Forest Trust.
Muse Interiors (UK) Ltd seeks to:
To this end the Company has established an environmental management system in accordance with BS EN ISO 14001:2004.
Muse Interiors (UK) Ltd support the following legislation and organisations and where possible encourage their principles to be adopted in all work completed:
Part L of the Building Regulations refers to conservation of fuel and power. The regulations, introduced in 2006, set high standards for the design and construction or refurbishment of buildings. These include new requirements for energy performance ratings including the setting of maximum CO2 limits.
The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit private company set up by the UK Government in response to the threat of climate change. It aims to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy through its work with British businesses. The trust offers advice on low carbon technology and on incentives available to help companies reduce their CO2 levels.
BREEAM® stands for the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method. It is used to assess the performance of building across a series of categories including good design, energy use, sustainable materials, air and water pollution, access to public transport, land use and water consumption. Credits are awarded in each category and then used to produce a single overall score and a rating on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good or Excellent.
The Energy Saving Trust is a not-for-profit organisation jointly funded by the Government and the private sector. It aims to promote energy conservation and reduce CO2 emissions. The trust manages phase one of the Low Carbon Building Programme and provides free advice through a network of regional centres. The trust asks all businesses to commit to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent before 2010.
Many companies are striving to help the environment by working to reduce their carbon footprints. Being carbon neutral simply means calculating the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by a particular activity or business and then balancing that with an equal investment in renewable energy or reforestation. This process is also called ‘carbon-offsetting’.