Stop, Look, Act!

Stuart Bishop is a man on a mission. As McPhillips’ SHEQ Manager Stuart is responsible for our environmental and sustainability policies. However, as anyone at McPhillips will testify, Stuart’s commitment to ensuring we do our bit for the environment is so much more than simply hot air.

In this piece Stuart shares his thoughts on COP26 and why we should all just take a moment to enjoy the natural environment around us…

“The COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Glasgow late last year. COP stands for Conference of the Parties, COP1 was held in Berlin in 1996, many more incarnations date back many years, Ramsar in 1971 as an example.  In Glasgow nations took a range of decisions in the collective effort to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celcius. This has again put the environment at the forefront of everyone’s mind for now.

“The truth is that the environment has been important to Government and business for a very long time, many years before Greta Thunberg was born, though her activism has helped awareness of the increased tempo needed in improving things. But we can all play our part; if you only stop to look at the natural world around you there are enough reminders of why our direct actions are so important.

“During my commute home at dusk, I sometimes see a Barn Owl searching for food across the meadows, which is an incredible sight. I will often park up and happily watch the Owl for a while, a highlight of the day without a doubt.

“The public and therefore our clients expect us to manage environmental matters carefully and responsibly. We understand that environmental management impacts every single day on every single site that we work on. For twelve years McPhillips have held ISO14001:2015, an internationally recognised environmental management standard, we work hard to maintain and where possible surpass these standards.

“It is therefore vital that we as a business and individuals continue to put sustainability at the centre of everything that we do. I will share more of our work on individual sites in future features on this site.”

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