Facilities and the control of the build environment makes a significant contribution to the Bright Horizons Future Earth programme. Working with our contractor partners, suppliers and nursery teams, we support the goal to minimise our environmental impact and work towards a greener and more sustainable tomorrow.

What We Achieved in 2022

  • In July, we successfully established a new direct delivery contract with Veolia for waste collection, including mixed recycling. This achieved a positive impact on diverting 100% of Bright Horizons waste from landfill and increased recycling to 10% of our total waste from July to December.
  • We furnished 17 nurseries with LED lighting, which on average, reduced carbon emissions by ~5 tonnes CO2 and electricity costs by ~£2K/site/year.
  • Loft and fabric insulation is a proven method of reducing energy consumption. 5 refurbishment projects have benefited from investment in insulation and upgrades to windows to drive down energy consumption and carbon emissions.
  • In 2022, we began taking monthly meter readings through Monthly Maintenance Visits (MMVs) for Gas, Electric and Water to support monitoring and targeting consumption.
  • MMVs have reset heating controls to reflect occupancy times and correct set points for heating and cooling. A 1 degree reduction on heating controls typically saves 6% on energy costs.
  • We’ve raised awareness of the Future Earth Programme through presenting at regional cluster calls, staff conferences and through media channels.

What We Plan to Achieve in 2023

  • We plan to implement a further 25 LED lighting replacements throughout nursery settings and plan a three-year programme to target all settings to be fitted with LED lighting by 2026.
  • All refurbishment projects will include fabric insulation wherever possible.
  • In the first quarter of the year, a Food waste collection trial will be carried out at ~10 settings, followed by all nurseries by the end of 2023.
  • We will instead Gas, Electricity and Water consumption league tables for all nurseries to target over-usage and promote best practice by Q2.
  • We will establish sustainability best practice design review meetings for organic new build and major refurbishments.
  • We will establish an asset inventory and future three-year plan for the replacement of outdated heating/cooling plant.
  • We will ensure compliance with SECR (Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting) and use information to inform future actions.
  • We will support the completion of ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme) phase 3 requirements by December 2023 and use information to support our facilities energy reduction plans.
  • We will work with Procurement and the wider FEP to create tangible reduction targets using known sources e.g., SBTi to deliver a roadmap towards net zero.

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Future Earth - Early Childhood

Early Childhood and Operations

The Early Childhood and Operations teams have been working together to deliver a strategy for sustainability as part of our Future Earth Agenda.

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Future Earth - Reward and Wellbeing

Reward and Wellbeing

We offer a variety of staff benefits that support our Future Earth agenda such as cycle 2 work scheme and season tickets.

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Future Earth - Procurement


Sustainable Procurement makes a significant contribution to the Bright Horizons Future Earth programme.

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Bright Horizons Future Earth Agenda - Work and Family

Client Relations

In the Work+Family Team, we are privileged to work with some of the UK’s leading organisations.

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