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Generali Worldwide in Guernsey has met a set of ‘green’ standards to win their second Keep Guernsey Green Award. The accolade is for organisations that demonstrate best practice in energy conservation and waste management and must be renewed every three years. Generali Worldwide first won the award in 2010 and since then has gone on to implement even more ecological improvements to their operation. Generali House in Guernsey hosts three companies: Generali Worldwide, Generali International and Generali Portfolio Management with a total complement of over 140 staff.
The achievement recognises three key areas: the company actively plans its energy conservation and waste management and has a clear strategy in place, it works closely with staff to ensure they are aware of office environmental issues and it seeks to improve ways of managing the organisation’s energy and waste for the benefit of the environment.
An independent assessor was assigned to the business and worked closely with Generali’s facilities coordinator Rod Ferbrache who says, ‘Since winning the award three years ago, we have not rested on our laurels. The revalidation process has allowed us to demonstrate all of the additional steps we have taken to ensure that our operation is even more ecologically aware.’
Several improvements particularly impressed the independent assessor including the replacement of all 50watt halogen lights to 8watt LED lights and the investment of the business in energy efficient computer and server systems. They have also introduced an electricity monitoring system, which allows consumption in all offices and workstations to be carefully checked. This enables the facilities team to spot problems or hot spots. ‘If you don’t monitor, you can’t improve,’ explains Rod Ferbrache, ‘we have installed a system to check our air conditioning and synchronise them with staff schedules. If they are out or on holiday, the air conditioning will shut down and we do regular sweeps of meeting rooms to check it isn’t left on.’
Giorgio Daboni, Chief Executive Officer of Generali Worldwide comments: ‘Our business in Guernsey is growing and we have increased our staff numbers, however, our electricity consumption has only increased by 1 per cent – we are very proud to ensure our business has a light footprint on this beautiful island. Winning this award demonstrates our own corporate drive to be the very best in everything we do.’
The Keep Guernsey Green Award was presented on Monday 30th September 2013, 11am, Herm Boardroom, Generali House, Hirzel Street, St Peter Port, GY14PA.