The RPA recognises and acknowledges that its operations have an impact on the global and local environment.
We are working to continually improve our environmental performance and reduce pollution. Our environmental policy sets out our aims, which are supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in accordance with the cross-government initiative on sustainable development.
The Rural Payments Agency is committed to working along with Defra Estates to
continually improve its environmental performance and to prevent pollution in the
management of its estate. Our activities will comply with all applicable legal requirements,
official codes of practice (including cross government sustainability targets) and, so far as
practicable, accepted best practice in environmental management.
Emphasis is placed on:
- aiming to create a carbon neutral estate through implementation of energy saving
technologies and renewable energy initiatives;
- using utilities in a responsible and economic way to minimise negative impacts on
- managing waste according to our duty of care, and minimising volumes going to
landfill, by careful procurement, re-use and recycling wherever possible;
- managing fuels and hazardous substances to minimise risks;
- purchasing supplies which are recycled and recyclable, and whose production and
use minimises the consumption of natural resources;
- conserving resources by ensuring that buildings and fittings are properly
- adopting strategies to minimise the environmental impacts of business travel;
- preserving and enhancing biodiversity whenever possible; and
- communicating this policy to everyone working on behalf of the organisation.
Each year, objectives and targets for our environmental performance will be set and
reviewed in accordance with the procedures established under the Agency’s ISO 14001
environmental management system. Departmental performance will be reported in the
annual Sustainable Development in Government report.
For further information of Sustainable Development in RPA please contact:
Energy use for buildings
To improve our energy efficiency, we have:
- brought our people together into fewer buildings across the country
- replaced most of our lighting with energy efficient T5 tubes
- replaced chillers and air conditioning units with more energy efficient systems
- maintained a winter temperature of 19 degrees
This approach has led to a reduction in our carbon consumption of around 55% since 2010.
RPA has made significant steps in reducing the resources it uses and waste produced through more online services to our customers and the use of electronic rather than paper records. We have cut our overall waste by 55% since 2010.