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Sustainability

The nature and global reach of our work means issues brought up by climate change are very real to us. Our working practices are evolving to meet ‘new normals’ for example - regular drought and flooding where once there was little or none.

CWGC is committed to becoming a sustainable organisation cutting waste and emissions with a focus on the following areas:

  • Combating climate change
  • Protecting biodiversity
  • Promoting a circular economy

We aim to achieve these goals by constantly reviewing and refining how we work and trialling promising new ways to help reduce our impact on the environment. This may mean some changes to how our cemeteries and memorials may look, but the changes are measured and carefully thought out to meet the current and future challenges we face.

Our mission will always remain the same, to honour those who lost their lives during the World Wars.

Photo: Drought and flooding are becoming a common occurrence.

TAKING ACTION

We launched our Environmental Sustainability Plan in February 2022 outlining our strategy and commitment to a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050. In this plan we have outlined some key milestones including:

  • Enhancing biodiversity – we aim to improve biodiversity across our sites through reduced use of biocides and a more natural approach to gardening.
  • Install water meters in our sites to reduce water usage.
  • Invest in low emission fleets to reduce our impact when travelling to sites
  • Transition to renewable energy suppliers

How this will affect our work

  • Headstones will have a more natural look, in line with their original appearance when many of the cemeteries were first created.
  • Manual gardening requires more time and harder work, we will be aiming for 99% weed-free on our sites.
  • Plants and wildlife may change – you might start to see more nature when you visit
  • We will be constantly looking to improve our environmental impact – this is a long-term commitment.

New developments in climate change and sustainability are constantly happening and we aim to post updates on how our teams around the world are identifying and implementing any changes to help meet local needs and our overall goals.

What sustainability means to you.