The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has been awarded the highest investors in the environment (iiE) ‘green’ level accreditation for the second year running.

The accreditation aims to recognise progress towards a more environmentally sustainable way of working.

The association received the recognition for the first time last year, after reaching silver-level in 2021.

To maintain its accreditation, the BVA said it reviewed and updated its travel, environmental and procurement policies; reviewed and renewed gas and electricity contracts with a green energy supplier; updated its carbon footprint calculator and set future reduction targets,

BVA’s chief executive David Calpin said: “Ensuring BVA is a sustainable organisation is a top priority.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to take action on climate change and sustainability, and we hope vet professionals and practices will join us in taking positive steps towards reducing their impact on the environment.

“BVA’s maintaining iiE’s green level accreditation is great news – a huge thank you to everyone at BVA who has played their part in this success.”

The association’s staff-led green group also developed a number of environmental projects including litter picking, tree planting, and food and clothing donations, while all staff are encouraged to make an annual ‘sustainability pledge’.  

BVA president Anna Judson said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the dedication of BVA’s green group, who have really driven the work towards maintaining this accreditation.

“Making a workplace more sustainable can seem daunting, but every little change makes a real difference, and we hope to inspire more veterinary professionals to take action in their practices and workplaces and help protect our planet.”