Policies

At RHEA, we believe in treating people and our planet with respect. Our approach is set out in our company policies, which apply in every country we work in.

 

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Policy

Our Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Policy states our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities across the company in all countries in which we operate.

Read our Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Policy


Carbon Reduction Plan (UK)

Our Carbon Reduction Plan includes details of our commitment to achieving Net Zero, our emissions reduction targets and our carbon reduction projects.

Read our Carbon Reduction Plan for the UK

Commitment to achieving Net Zero

RHEATECH Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Baseline Emissions Footprint

January 2019 to December 2019

(Dataset selected to avoid the impact of COVID-19)

  • Scope 1: Direct greenhouse gas emissions that occur from sources that are controlled or owned by the reporting organization, e.g. emissions associated with fuel combustion in boilers, furnaces, vehicles – Scope 1 emissions are not applicable to RHEA as RHEA does not own these types of assets.
  • Scope 2: Indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated with the purchase of electricity, steam, heat, or cooling – Total (tCO2e): 9.86 (electricity), 0.053 (water).
  • Scope 3: All sources not within an organization’s scope 1 and 2 boundaries – Staff commuting to office 35.19; Business travel 58.3; Upstream transport 0.013; Waste 0.046; Downstream transport n/a for RHEA services.

Emissions reduction targets

In order to continue our progress to achieving Net Zero, we have adopted the following carbon reduction targets (as adjusted for headcount):

  • Reduce travel into the office from an average of 4 days a week to an average of 3 days a week to greatly decrease commuting emissions.
  • Reduce the number of business-related flights where possible by either using alternative means of transportation (e.g. Eurostar) or encouraging the use of videoconferencing where possible as an alternative.
  • Encourage staff (if applicable) to replace diesel vehicles with hybrid or electric vehicles.

We project that carbon emissions will decrease over the next 5 years to 82 tCO2e by 2025. This is a reduction of 20%.

Carbon reduction projects

Completed carbon reduction initiatives

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple energy-saving projects have been launched and will continue to be launched this year by UKRI on the Harwell campus, with the goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions from their estates by 2040.

This includes the installation across site of the following:

  • Solar panels
  • Heat pumps
  • Insulation
  • LED lighting.

This will greatly improve the efficiency of buildings such as Building R71 in which RHEA is located.

In the future we hope to implement further measures such as:

  • Consider ISO 5001 Energy Management System – to implement an effective energy management system which minimises environmental effects.
  • Consider extending this policy to RHEA Group, to have a broader overview of the Group’s emissions worldwide.
  • Ensure Building R71 that RHEA (and others) occupy is fitted with highly energy efficient LED lighting, in accordance with site management.
  • Ensure EV charging points are available for RHEA employees, in accordance with site management. The site already has EV charging points, but the numbers could be increased to allow for and encourage the use of additional electric vehicles.
  • Replace the heating system on site for Building R71 with heat pump technology, in accordance with site management.
  • Encourage cycling to work scheme/e-bikes scheme. Current investments in cycling infrastructure include the Science Vale Cycle Network that will connect Oxfordshire science parks, such as Harwell Campus, with the surrounding area.