Islamic Relief has made significant changes in the way our offices operate, with hybrid working at all our major office sites requiring colleagues to attend only six days per month. When staff want or need to work from the office at other times, we provide desks in reserved areas in which we carefully control the heating and lighting. We have made only limited investment in our head office, since we are planning to move to a new site, the renovation of which was delayed by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, across all our sites we take care to ensure we provide a safe working environment while limiting consumption as much as possible by closely monitoring our energy and water usage. To ensure we record energy usage correctly, we are installing smart meters across our sites.
There were no further capital investments made since the last SECR 2020 report. Other energy saving technologies are being incorporated in the new building, Trafalgar House. No other estate site changes were declared.
The TIC International Plant was responsible for recycling 1,931 tonnes of clothing and shoes in 2022. As well as generating an income for Islamic Relief, this activity supported our sustainability objectives and prevented items going to landfill. Islamic Relief is committed to climate sustainable interventions in numerous countries. This includes interventions such as introducing solar energy to generate electricity for businesses, allowing more land to be irrigated or women-led businesses to stay open longer; providing environmentally friendly fuel and stoves; and promoting efficient agricultural practises such as half moon agriculture. There are examples of such projects throughout this Annual Report, particularly pages 33-35, and within our Climate Policy, which is available on our website.
TIC’s key role is generating income for Islamic Relief, to support our programmes and our journey towards Net-Zero, by performing a valuable environmental service in recycling clothing that may otherwise end up in landfills and harming the environment.