FCO EMS – Our Environmental Management System

Written by Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 20th November 2017

The FCO has held environmental management certification to ISO14001 since 2006, and continues to invest in the environmental management system in the UK to drive continuous improvement and ensure the FCO complies with its legal obligations.

This is particularly important outside of the FCO’s office estate as the office manages data centres, car, wood and metal workshops and operates a sewage treatment works at Hanslope Park. We’re pleased that FCO Services holds EU Code of Conduct (CoC) certifications for its data centres, and Computercenter a major IT contractor for the FCO is also working to improve performance of our data centres to ensure they achieve the EU CoC standards, delivering a 21st century platform for the FCO, reducing operating costs and improving the environmental efficiency of our estate.

The Sewage Treatment Works continue to provide difficulties and we have seen a number of breaches of our Environment Agency Discharge Consent. Our Facilities Management provider along with staff within the FCO are working to provide efficient, cost effective and long lasting solutions to this ongoing problem to ensure we are able to meet our legal requirements and maintain our ISO14001 certification.

In 2017-18 the FCO will be recertifying to the revised 2015 standard and in line with this standard, will be strengthening our leadership on environmental management issues, with a sponsor sitting on the FCO Investment, Infrastructure and Operations Committee

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