What does environmental responsibility mean to Haxted Estates?
We refer to being environmentally responsible rather than sustainable because the notion of sustainability is becoming so over-used as to now have little meaning.
For us, being an environmentally responsible company means upholding our values and principles wherever we are, and continuously striving to manage and reduce our impacts on people and on the environment. These requirements are built into our management processes and systems. It defines who we are and how we operate. It is underpinned by our ISO 14001 accreditation.
We acknowledge that what we do as a company lies at the intersection of some of the greatest challenges facing the world now and into the future — rapid urbanisation, security of energy supply and environmental protection. Our responsibility as a developer is to manage these critical and often conﬂicting challenges as best we can.
We like to think of environmental responsibility in terms recognized over millennia by many of the indigenous peoples of the world – that is, the capacity for continuance into the long term by looking after the natural habitats around us. The measure of whether a company is truly sustainable is when ‘success’ is judged against whether each of the triple bottom line considerations of environment, economy and society are all given equal weighting.
Our attitude to development accepts that without environmental responsibility there is no guarantee of a secure stock of natural capital upon which we all depend, ultimately no clean air, water or food. New, cleaner, and responsible ‘post-industrial’ solutions are available by implementing radical resource and energy productivity; through the imitation of natural ecosystems and biological processes for better, efficient methods of production and engineering; from the consideration of service, and the elimination of waste. Our challenge is to embrace those as wholeheartedly as we can. We believe in the idea of ‘industrial ecology’ – the shifting of industrial, and construction processes from linear (open loop) systems, in which resource and capital investments move through the system to become waste, to a closed loop system. In this holistic approach wastes from one process become inputs for other processes – a cradle-to cradle philosophy to replace cradle to grave.