The UK’s most innovative security guarding company, Swindon-based SSGC, has completely offset its carbon emissions in 2023 as part of its commitment to acquiring ISO14001 accreditation.
The company has also teamed up with facilities management specialists, EMCOR UK, to plant 240 trees in honour of veteran’s charity, Mission Motorsport, to offset the carbon emissions that will be generated from all of its 2023 events.
Mission Motorsport, which uses motor racing as a recovery activity, helps armed forces veterans and service personnel who have been affected by their service reintegrate into society through its ‘race, retrain, recover’ mantra.
The pledge from SSGC further underlines the company’s commitment to both the environment and veterans, for which it has earned a Gold award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme.
SSGC has partnered with international reforestation platform Tree-Nation to plant the trees in Madagascar and Tanzania.
Tree-Nation calculates that each tree is able to offset 800kg of CO2 over the course of its lifetime, or approximately 40kg per year for 20 years.
David Stubbs, CEO of SSGC and a former military police officer, is a long-term supporter of Mission Motorsport and regularly takes part in events to raise money for the organisation.
He said: “Mission Motorsport relies on the generous donations of its partners and supporters to fund its vital work, so it has limited resources available to make its activities more environmentally friendly.
“At SSGC, we are committed to providing long-term financial support to the charity, but we also want to play our part in supporting Mission Motorsport with reducing its environmental impact.
“As an organisation, we are working towards offsetting our carbon emissions and are delighted to be working closely with EMCOR UK to support Mission Motorsport in offsetting its own emissions.”
James Cameron, founder and CEO of Mission Motorsport, commented: “Sustainability is such an important part of all of our futures – and as we help those who have served and their families through a sporting programme, it is fantastic to be able to offset the impact that we make on the planet.
“We are very proud to be working with SSGC and EMCOR UK to achieve this.”
Roy Gough, from EMCOR UK – Thames Water Account, commented: “It’s great to be able to team up with SSGC on this CSR project to help offset the carbon emissions of Mission Motorsport which provides valuable support to veterans and service personnel.”
Stuart Mansfield, from EMCOR UK – DHSC Account (Department of Health and Social Care, added: “We are delighted to join SSGC in delivering CSR projects that have a positive impact on our environment.”
SSGC has a long-standing link with the armed forces community and has significant number of employees who are veterans and are the first security company to employ a Veteran Engagement Director.