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Our environment

We are constantly looking for ways to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations and strive to meet sustainability objectives which include targets on energy consumption, staff business travel, waste, recycling and water consumption. Our performance against these targets can be found in Our Performance 2018/19.

Our Environmental Management System


We operate an Environmental Management System (EMS) designed to help us manage our environmental impacts. Our EMS is certified to the internationally recognised ISO14001 standard of excellence. The certification covers our Exeter head office and selected frontline sites including radar installations, observatories, research facilities, field service engineering centres and manned offices across the UK.

Examples of how we are saving energy

Short term:

The lighting in our head office 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.

Longer term:

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 our head office in June 2012. This type of cost-benefit analysis is reviewed annually.

You can read more in our Environmental Policy or via the pages below.

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