To celebrate World Environment Day, we meet Emma Roy, who joined us just over a year ago as our Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. We caught up with Emma to find out a bit about her and how she has settled in to her exciting role.
Who are you and what do you do here at Registers of Scotland?
My name is Emma Roy and I’m the Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. I’ve been at RoS for just over a year now and I was delighted to join and lead on the organisation’s sustainability agenda.
Climate change and its impact on our planet is very much a focus in the news at the moment and we can all make a difference to help the environment. My job is to shape the future of RoS’s sustainability agenda by encouraging and enabling colleagues to make changes, both big and small, that help us to become more environmentally friendly.
How did you end up in your current role? What was the journey?
I’ve always been interested in the environment and I’ve been very fortunate to spend the last 7 years in this field after completing a degree in Environmental Geography from the University of Stirling.
After University I started my career in a social enterprise as an Environmental Advisor where I helped companies from across lots of different sectors throughout Scotland to improve their environmental performance. This role helped me to get to grips with the operational changes companies can make to cut down on waste and become more sustainable.
I then moved on to become the Environmental Officer for Lothian Buses where I was responsible for managing and reducing the environmental impact of the business across all operations. I worked with senior staff members to set out a strategy with ambitious targets in order to meet future climate change reduction targets. This role was incredibly rewarding and involved numerous projects, including the introduction of electric buses to Edinburgh. I was very lucky to win an environmental award during my time at Lothian for environmental improvements related to transport.
I was then delighted to begin at Registers of Scotland to guide the organisation towards achieving its sustainability objectives.
Tell us what your favourite thing about working at Registers of Scotland is, or something we wouldn’t expect about your day-to-day tasks?
My job allows me to work with lots of different people across the business. I’ve met some very interesting and passionate colleagues throughout environmental campaigns and this really drives me to continue making a difference.
What would you consider your biggest career achievement to date?
The kind of role I’m in means that every achievement directly contributes to a saving on the environment which is very rewarding. A couple of highlights include in a previous role where I took a company with very basic and sometimes no recycling to a 94% recycling rate. The company had a complicated waste management system dealing with over 1,000 tonnes of recyclate and hazardous items, so I was delighted to support them in making this change.
A more recent highlight in RoS was introducing reusable cups for hot drinks. Previously we used over 58,000 single use cups per year so this is a really significant saving for the organisation. I’m proud of the great engagement and passion amongst colleagues which I think directly contributed to the support I received for this project. Every colleague who has switched to a reusable cup helped RoS to remove a significant waste item from our landfill stream.
What piece of advice would you give to others that you wish you’d realised earlier?
The main thing I’ve learnt throughout my career is to not be afraid to ask colleagues for help and support. Although I’ve always been the only sustainability representative within an organisation, this shouldn’t mean working alone. Change really can’t happen without the support of colleagues and so collaborating, building relationships and asking for help is an essential part of making lasting and meaningful change happen.