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Maintenance contract to help London borough achieve carbon-neutrality in one year

Idverde claims it will help the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea achieve the target through its commitment to sustainability and investment in electrification and zero-emission assets.

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Holland Park rose garden in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Holland Park rose garden in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Grounds maintenance and landscape creation specialist, Idverde, has been awarded a 10-year grounds maintenance, sports and bereavement services contract with London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that it claims will achieve carbon-neutrality in one year.

 

It said it will achieve this by its commitment to sustainability and investment in electrification and zero-emission assets, which will be used across all parks, cemeteries and open spaces.

 

Green Flag standards

 

During the new contract, which it is estimated will save at least 28 tonnes of carbon, the company has committed to raising all borough parks and open spaces not already accredited to Green Flag standard. Green Flag criteria focus on the benefits provided to the local community and Idverde will work closely with local groups, initially targeting the Portobello Squares.

 

The 10-year contract (with an up to five-year extension), starts in April 2021, will involve use of the following equipment and methods:

  • 12 electric vehicles
  • all electric small plant
  • five e-cargo bikes for supervisors and park keepers to use
  • full carbon offsetting from year one
  • sustainable planting guide
  • five-year plastic reduction plan in place
  • real-time management information system using PDAs to reduce paperwork and waste.

Other environmental initiatives include rainwater harvesting for irrigating the nursery and filling bowsers and an enhanced green waste composting facility.

 

“Accomplishing outstanding results with parks and open spaces, while achieving strict environmental and social objectives are central to this innovative contract,” said Saul Huxley, Idverde’s organic development director. “Not only are we investing in electrification and zero-emission equipment and vehicles, but we are also investing in the Idverde team on the ground through enhancing skills, standards and expertise.”

“As a council we are committed to being carbon-neutral by 2030, and this includes our contractors, so it is great to see the plans Idverde have to achieve this and help build the borough’s biodiversity”

He added: “As government bodies and businesses seek the best means to achieve sustainable outcomes, we firmly believe that this type of innovative carbon-neutral contract is a crucial asset in our ongoing efforts to reverse climate change and is a testament to the forward-thinking approach from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.”

 

Other working methods and service improvements put in place to achieve the aims include a dedicated community and training manager to raise horticultural standards, internal accredited horticultural training for all staff and the creation of a community nursery for local groups to use, with community training sessions and workshops.

 

“We are all very proud of our parks and open spaces in the borough. Not only are they beautiful places to spend time and take a break from the hustle of city life, but for many of us they are a welcome piece of green space,” said councillor Emma Will, lead member for leisure at Kensington and Chelsea Council. “As a council we are committed to being carbon neutral by 2030, and this includes our contractors, so it is great to see the plans idverde have to achieve this and help build the borough’s biodiversity.”

 

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