Our environment

At the Met Office, we take the environment very seriously. Not just from a weather and climate perspective, but also in the way we manage our products, services and activities without causing harmful consequences to the natural environment.

Our Environmental Management System

ISO 14001

We operate an Environmental Management System (EMS) accredited to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 standard of excellence to manage our environmental aspects.

We are constantly looking for new ways to make our operations cleaner and more environmentally friendly, meeting sustainability targets and actions flagged by our Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The EWG meets monthly and looks at waste, recycling, water and energy use to identify where small savings can be made.

For example, the lighting in our headquarters operates on a motion sensor. If no movement is detected the lights switch off. Reducing the timer period from 15 to 10 minutes saves us £2,600 and 21 tCO2e per year.

The group also looks at longer term saving measures. For example the implementation of the photovoltaic solar array was decided to be an economically viable energy saving technology which has the potential to supplement the Met Office distribution system with extra electricity for 25 years, finally being added to the HQ building in June 2012. This type of cost-benefit analysis is reviewed annually.

We focus on four particular areas: biodiversity, waste and recycling, business travel and the overall efficiency of the Met Office HQ building.

Environmental Policy 2014 Environmental Policy 2014 (PDF, 48 kB)

Last updated: 16 September 2014