The United Nations created 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are globally recognised as a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all.
Timeless Sash Windows are using these as a metric for taking action and reporting on our sustainability progress.
“We must rise higher to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals – and stay true to our promise of a world of peace, dignity and prosperity on a healthy planet.”
António Guterres: Secretary-General, United Nations. 2022 Report.
Our analysis includes:
opportunities to positively contribute to the SDGs
potential risks of our business hindering their achievement
Goal setting and science based targets
UN Sustainable Development Goals
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”
We focus on the well-being of our employees and our position within the community.
Employees are encouraged to carpool and the necessary tools are in place to ensure everyone has access to this
Bike to Work scheme. and several employees have availed of this opportunity
Organise annual events that involve all employees
Diversity and inclusion policy
Proud to be local area employers of apprentices through to qualified craftspeople, many of whom have been with the company for more than 20 years.
12. Responsible Consumption & Production
“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”
When possible we recommend the refurbishment of old windows to reduce our reliance on extracting raw materials.
We source the best products throughout our supply chain that have strong values towards the environment, reflective of our own.
We make considered choices as to the most appropriate timber and glazing used in each project – both for the longevity and long-term thermal efficiency of the product, and the sourcing of the raw materials involved. It is a delicate balance and one that we do not take lightly. To improve the U-value of a window will decrease the eventual heating requirements of the property which is a positive impact.
13. Climate Action
“Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”
We have examined our current company-wide carbon footprint and are constantly striving to reduce it. following a road map on science based targets.
We are taking action on those to achieve Net Zero by 2050 or earlier.
Our current footprint analysis from Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2021 was 104.72 tonnes and we have put in place our best efforts to reduce this through renewable energy, waste reduction, and efficient fleet management.
15. Life on Land
“Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”
We actively source timber from carefully managed forests.
Where appropriate we recommend the use of engineered timber from FSC forests in New Zealand such as Accoya which has a 50-year anti-rot warranty and is cradle-to-cradle certified.
Half of our work is in the refurbishment of timber windows which requires less raw timber, hence having less of an impact in the forestry perspective.
We are supporters of Reforestnation Ireland, and are planting one tree per window. This enterprise is planting native Irish trees to encourage biodiversity.