• Christine Keate

British Equine Veterinary Association achieves Bronze accreditation for environmental commitment

The British Equine Veterinary Association, (BEVA), has achieved bronze level accreditation from Investors in the Environment (iiE), marking the first officially recognised step for the association on their sustainability journey.

“We are immensely proud to have achieved bronze, the first step on the ladder, with a score of 78%,” said David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA. “The award reflects our environmental performance across against agreed targets and demonstrates our commitment to minimising its environmental impact and helping to set the standard for the environment.”

BEVA set up a sustainability group in March 2020, which has implemented monthly monitoring and developed action plans for electricity, gas, transport, water, sustainable transport, communications, waste and purchasing. During this time BEVA has made significant resource reductions with their carbon footprint dropping, with much assistance from the restrictions applied during the Covid-19 lockdowns, by 77%.

“The process of putting the environmental monitoring plan in place has helped us recognise our wider impacts, such as those relating to volunteer activities,” said BEVA Green Team member Debbie Wylie. We are now considering how to reduce these wider impacts in addition to the issues that are under more direct control.”

The group is now working towards to achieving silver accreditation by the end of 2022.

iiE is an external environmental accreditation scheme created to help businesses assess and reduce their environmental impact by implementing an environmental management system. It includes high-level audit criteria being met, and setting reduction targets, followed by an ongoing auditing process.

To find out more about BEVA visit www.beva.org.uk


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