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Environmental lead

In response to ‘Quintain chief slams green cynics’ (News, 1 November), as a fit-out contractor ourselves we feel the article generalised contractors, when there are companies like us who have been leading the way with environmental issues.

For 10 years, Cumberland Commercial Interior contractors has striven to reduce its environmental impact. Through our ISO 14001 environmental management system our office functions are undertaken in efficient buildings incorporating eco-friendly lighting and heating systems. Recycling and waste segregation is important and forms part of our commitment to protecting the environment.

Our two most senior directors have completed Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment accredited training and all of our staff have undergone environmental training. We actively work with our key contractors to ensure they adopt an environmentally proactive stance and minimise their impacts where practicable.

Our site activities are undertaken by staff trained to minimise environmental nuisance, and where our clients allow, we support the use of renewable and environmentally sound raw materials. Our spray shop incorporates the latest efficient and emissions-friendly extraction filter system, whilst our workshop utilises waste wood for heating.

Having set new industry standards through our environmental policy 10 years ago, our influence in introducing environmental best practice through our trade association, the National Association of Shopfitters has led to the development of a sector-wide environmental policy management programme in association with the environmental charity, the Groundwork Trust.

As the brainchild of our CEO, the programme has led to an environmental legislative compliance scheme and provided environmental training for hundreds of employees in our industry.

Our state-of-the-art environmentally clean waste recovery facility ensures all our waste wood is recovered internally and used as fuel, reducing our need to use environmentally harmful fossil fuels, and diverts almost all of our production waste from landfill.

Nicola Park
Joint managing director
Cumberland Commercial Interior Contractors