IDE's Approach to Sustainability
At IDE we believe that our products, services and operations should add positive value to the environment, customers, colleagues and the communities that we work within. Operating in a sustainable and responsible manner is in our DNA. Our approach to developing a zero-carbon future is to provide innovation through our iDesign business. IDE's product innovations, such as Erica power monitoring and control and temporary electric vehicle chargers assist our customers in transitioning towards a low carbon economy.
As a responsible employer IDE is committed to taking action on the UN’s sustainable development goals.
We have identified 6 of the 17 UN goals that are applicable to IDE’s business operations:
- Good Health and Well Being
- Gender Equality
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Climate Action
IDE ensure that these areas are taken into account during our day-to-day business operations.
Targets & Reporting
Being part of the Sdiptech Group, IDE reports annually on the following areas, in order to demonstrate transparency and progress towards the UN sustainability goals.
The areas reported on include:
- Environmental: IDE shall reduce its carbon dioxide intensity (CO2e/turnover) from its own operations by 50% within five years (between 2021 and 2026).
- Social: By 2030, IDE shall be gender equal (men and women represented in the range of 40–60%) in leading positions.
- Governance: IDE will have incentives that are linked to sustainability-related goals.
- Financial: IDE will contribute to one or more of UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The roadmap below highlights IDE sustainability key activities & target dates
- Calculated and reported on scope I & II carbon emissions
- Increased the % of women in leading positions
- Launched IDE’s colleague wellbeing support service
- Installed LED lighting across IDE’s UK locations
- Installed EV chargers at IDE Head Office
- Increased the % of vehicle fleet on 100% electric
- Launched IDE’s new range of temporary EV chargers
- Launched Erica’s new monitoring & control functionality
- Signed as partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School
- Entered a partnership to support local support charity Newlife
- Engaged with IDE’s Supply Chain on IDE’s code of conduct & establish Scope III carbon emissions
- Entered into a 100% renewable electricity contract for IDE sites
- Continued to increase the % of women in leading positions
- Assessed the potential for PV installation at IDE’s manufacturing centre
- Launched IDE’s colleague electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme
- Roll out smart technology in IDE’s EV charging product range
- Enhanced IDE’s governance processes and metrics
- Roll out sustainability training to IDE colleagues
- Exceeded 10% of IDE’s revenue being generated from IDE’s sustainability product range
2023 & Beyond
- Work with IDE suppliers to reduce Scope III emissions
- Enhance IDE’s Management Systems & ESG Reporting
- Seek opportunities to move towards a fully electric vehicle fleet
- Strive towards zero serious injuries or incidents in the workplace
- Support the construction sector with their net zero carbon goals through enhanced erica site power data
- Engage with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, A Greener Festival and other relevant sustainability organisations in IDE’s core sectors
At IDE we believe in action on sustainability. Below are a few examples of how IDE is working on sustainability.
- Erica – IDE’s power monitoring & control solution enables clients to identify power wastage and reduce consumption on site
- Erica not only saves power, but associated carbon emissions and money
- IDE’s range of EV chargers assist customer on the transition to EV by making EV charging accessible on temporary sites.
- IDE replaced the lighting systems across the depot network in order to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
- The most significant savings were made at IDE’s Cannock manufacturing centre where consumption reduced from 48,260 kWh pa to 22,136 kWh pa.
- This accounted for a 54% reduction in energy consumption and a saving of 4.6t of CO2 . The LED lighting has also created a better and safer working environment for IDE colleagues to operate within.
- At IDE we design products with the circular economy in mind. Our temporary power distribution products are designed to be robust and have a long-life span. Our products are designed in such a way that they are easy to repair.
- IDE also offers customers a rental option on distribution boards, which means customers do not have to buy items that they may not utilise all year.
- Our manufacturing team are constantly seeking ways of reducing the impact of materials in products. For example, plastic production waste offcuts are sent back to the plastic manufacturer for reprocessing back into new plastic.
- Social value is an important part of our responsibilities.
- IDE partners with Staffordshire College in order to provide learners with the hands-on experience they require to complete their courses
- IDE also takes on apprentices for skilled roles such as Welding
- As a local business IDE supports Newlife (charity for disabled children) through fund raising and colleague volunteering time.
- IDE is a proud signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant and IDD employees a number of ex-forces colleagues across the business.
Sustainability in the Construction Sector.
IDE is a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, with Gold membership status. IDE plays an active role within the Plant Working Group, to assist member organisations and their supply chains in enhancing their business sustainability knowledge.
Winner: Best Use of Technology at an Event – Event Production Awards 2022
Shortlisted: Sustainability Award – Event Production Awards 2022
Finalist: Green Supplier & Innovation Award – The Showman’s Show 2021