Environmental firm’s green scheme fines staff for excessive carbon emissions

Employees at an environmental firm are recording their out-of-work carbon emissions and paying fines for excessive amounts.

Consultancy WSP Environmental is charging staff who signed up for the Pact scheme 5p for each kilogram they exceed of their yearly six tonne limit.

The money will go into a fund to be used to buy energy-saving light bulbs, programmable thermostats, and other footprint-shrinking devices.

If an employee’s annual carbon emissions are less than six tonnes, they can choose either a direct cash payment, or for the money to be invested in the fund.

Stuart McLachlan, managing director of the firm, said: “WSP Environmental is working hard to reduce carbon emissions, both through specialist advice to clients, and through initiatives like Pact.

“This [scheme] helps our staff to understand and reduce their direct emissions, and we aim to develop Pact to include indirect emissions in future.

“We hope other UK businesses will follow our lead and help staff take control of their carbon footprint, both in and out of the workplace.”

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