Polygon win at prestigious Damage Management Awards

Polygon was recognised at the recent British Damage Management Awards’ for its commitment to sustainable property damage management. Organised by the British Damage Management Association every two years, Polygon was the winner in the ‘Environmental Initiative’ category. The award has only been offered twice and both times has been won by Polygon.

Over the past decade, Polygon has placed a significant focus on its environmental responsibilities and was able to demonstrate a practical and real commitment to the environment. Of the submission, the judging panel commented that Polygon were ‘head and shoulders’ above other entrants.

Every aspect of the business’s environmental impact has been scrutinised. Polygon evaluated that its largest energy use is fuel; therefore schemes were implemented to tackle this issue. From simple changes such as advocating conference calls over long distance travelling for meetings, to substantial investments made in remote monitoring and driver efficiency technology, which is installed in their entire fleet of vehicles, Polygon has seen a dramatic reduction in fuel usage and in turn C0₂ output.

The equipment that features in Polygon’s portfolio has also been reviewed, leading to a large investment in award winning, energy efficient units. Purchasing decisions for new equipment now take into account environmental credentials. This has led to the addition of a number of innovations including heat mats and environmental award winning dehumidifiers to their fleet of equipment.

Recently Polygon’s headquarters underwent a refurbishment, with its carbon footprint at the forefront of the design process. This resulted in the installation of motion activated lighting, improved thermal ceiling tiles and environmentally friendly heating systems, subsequently leading to significant reductions in CO₂ emissions.
Over the past year Polygon has achieved Achilles accreditation for the fifth consecutive year with noticeably improved scores in the environmental category, as well as being re-awarded their ISO 14001 accreditation. These verify the company’s long term commitment to sustainable damage management, reducing energy usage and waste. Furthermore, Polygon has achieved accreditation for the government led ESOS initiative which measures the total energy consumption of buildings, industrial processes and transport. These accreditations and long standing connections with a number of external bodies, ensure that working practices and policies are consistently reviewed and provide a third party benchmark for ongoing environmental progress.

HR Director of Polygon UK, Pat Neal added, “By stepping back and evaluating our business as a whole, we have developed and implemented real and practical solutions that are having a significant impact. We have developed internal momentum so that all colleagues in the Group can understand how they are able to take a proactive role in improving the environment. Our industry is continually evolving to reduce environmental impacts; however our constant commitment to finding sustainable solutions and improvements means we are at the forefront of these advances.”