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CSCS and Great Crested Newt Licence
Congratulations to Flora Haynes of Adonis Ecology who has just gained her CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card AND Natural England great crested newt survey licence!

The CSCS card provides proof that the holder has the required training and qualifications for their work on construction sites, and has passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test. Flora is therefore able to supervise activities affecting ecology on active construction sites.

As it is illegal to deliberately disturb great crested newts, or intentionally or recklessly disturb them in a place of shelter or protection, a licence is required to undertake surveys with the traditional methods as these methods disturb newts. Flora is therefore now able to lead great crested newt surveys involving bottle trapping, torching, netting and egg searching.

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Acclaim Accreditation - Safety Schemes in Procurement
Adonis Ecology recently achieved SSIP (Safety Standards in Procurement) Acclaim accreditation, confirming that our systems comply with legal health and safety standards. We take health and safety seriously, and we go beyond the legal minimum, both in the training, which includes RoSPA driver development courses for permanent ecologists, and equipment provided, such as personal safety devices.
Ten Years ISO 9001 Quality-Assured!
Adonis Ecology are proud to announce that we recently passed our ISO 9001 annual inspection and successfully upgraded our certification to ISO 9001:2015.  We have also added arboricultural surveys to our accreditation.  This accomplishment marks our 10 year anniversary of being ISO certified, having obtained our first certification in 2008, shortly after Adonis Ecology was formed.  Our managing director, Richard Sands, had a vision for a customer orientated, market-leading company and sought out the ISO certification to help him achieve that.  Ten years later and our ingrained company ethos for high standards and good customer service continues. 
ISO is the ‘International Organisation for Standardisation’ and has been in existence since 1947.  It is an independent, non-governmental international organisation with a membership of 161 national standards bodies.  It brings together experts from around the world to share knowledge and develop voluntary, market relevant International Standards.
By signing up to the ISO 9001:2015 standard, we have adopted a quality management system which is based on a number of principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.  Our customers and their agents can have confidence in knowing that our work is regularly monitored by external inspectors to make certain that we are working to the internationally recognised standards. 
As ecologists, we already work to the high professional standards required by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and also the statutory expectations of Natural England but by voluntarily signing up for ISO 9001:2015, we have demonstrated our commitment to ongoing development and provision of a high quality service. 
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Reducing & Offsetting our Carbon Footprint
Adonis Ecology has furthered our commitment to reducing our environmental impact by entering the world of carbon offsetting. Our office already runs on 100% renewable energy through our electricity supplier and we are now offsetting the carbon dioxide produced through our travel to surveys, which is our other major energy use.

Carbon offsetting is a tricky science which works on the premise that the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere through certain activities (e.g. driving 100 miles in a petrol hatchback) is calculated and then balanced out or “offset” by either removing the same amount of carbon, or taking measures elsewhere to prevent the same amount of carbon being released. Sounds relatively straight-forward? It’s not.

Planting a tree is a wonderfully natural way to absorb carbon from the environment, with all the other benefits trees provide. Apart from the benefits to health and well-being of having trees and other greenspaces around us, tree provide valuable habitats for animals such as bats and birds, as well as supporting a wide range of invertebrates which in turn feed numerous other species. Add in the part they play in ecosystem services such as flood prevention, air and water quality improvements, and air cooling in urban areas, and trees are a valuable investment in the future. However, the point of offsetting carbon emissions is to prevent the negative effects of releasing the carbon dioxide from taking place, which means time has a part to play. Trees take time to grow and time to absorb that carbon, meaning time for that carbon to sit in the atmosphere, having its impact on our climate.

Most offsetting, therefore, goes down the route of financial contributions to schemes which reduce the carbon released in other areas (e.g. LED lights to replace incandescent, fuel efficient cooking stoves, renewable energy production). It’s still not simple, however, as in order to truly offset specific amounts, these reductions in emissions have to be reductions that wouldn’t have taken place without the offsetting contributions (giving an LED bulb to someone who was buying one anyway doesn’t count!).

Luckily for us at Adonis, there are a number of companies who specialise in carbon offsetting, who consider the factors above and, given the solutions may not be 100% perfect, we decided on a belt-and-braces approach in contributing to a project which aims to offset twice over by supporting verified carbon reduction projects AND planting trees in our local region.

So far, through Carbon Footprint Ltd., we have offset all of our driving CO2 emissions for the financial year April 2016 – March 2017 (5 tonnes) and funded the planting of 5 trees in the East of England. We are now in the process of calculating the latest year’s contributions. We are happy that we’ve done our utmost to counteract the potential impacts of our business, and we’ll continue to keep our eye on developments in this field, to make sure we’re doing the best we can in keeping our footprint small.

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