The Government has announced that all Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), including SEEDA, will close by 31 March 2012.
Responsibility for economic development and regeneration in England is being passed onto successor bodies, including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and central Government departments
Our objective is to ensure a professional and cost effective closure by this date. We have pledged to work closely with our partners, contractors and stakeholders to ensure that the past and future economic benefits of key programmes and assets continue to deliver the greatest economic value for the South East and value for money for the taxpayer.
Please click here for more details about our closure plan, transition arrangements and successor organisations.
SEEDA is committed to demonstrating economic sustainability throughout the South East. Through our Corporate Plan, we committed to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% before 2011.
We recognised the importance of setting a good example when it comes to sustainable development and our employees played an active role in making the agency a resource efficient organisation.
SEEDA constantly evaluated its environmental performance through an Environmental Management System (EMS), which was accredited to ISO14001 International Standard. An important part of SEEDA’s EMS is the assessment of how our actions impact on the wider environment.
SEEDA identified key areas that will have a significant impact on the environment. These include:
• water, gas and electricity consumption
• employee travel, fuel / energy
• paper / office equipment usage
• combustion gases / ozone depleting substances
• office activity - risk of fire, flood and bomb threat
These significant impacts, in tandem with our Environmental Policy, help shape SEEDA’s objectives and targets, and help us to compile an action plan to minimise our environmental impact.
The action plan has delivered the following improvements:
• installation of motion sensor lights
• installation of energy efficient boilers
• installation of hand blade dryers
• implementation of IT equipment with automatic shut down capabilities
• procurement of paper and stationary made from recycled materials
• installation of virtual servers
• bleach-free products used by cleaning contractor
SEEDA is on target to achieve a reduction of CO2 emissions by 30% and as an exemplar of economic sustainability, we strive to build on this through a programme of continuous improvement. We are actively investigating the opportunity of implementing Phase II of ISO14001, which will open up all of our projects and programmes to the same level of evaluation as that of our office activities.
Click here to access SEEDA's Environmental Policy 2010