You don’t need a grand emissions-reducing plan to start your net zero journey, here are some easy ways that you can start reducing your company’s emissions today. 

 

In this blog post we will be referring the Green House Gas protocols scopes 1 and 2. To catch-up on your net zero lingo, read our buzzwords blog here.

Companies across the UK are responsible for 18% of GGH emissions in the UK, if every business in the UK met their net zero targets, collectively, we could bring this down to just 1.8% of national emissions.

In May 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng launched “Together for our planet” to encourage businesses in the UK to pledge to be net zero by 2050. That’s 23 years to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 90% and scope 3 emissions by 50% to be in line with the UN’s Race to Net Zero standards.

23 years may feel like plenty of time but there are many ways we can kickstart the reduction in business emissions now.

1) Use Less  

The greenest kWh is the one you don’t use

By consuming less fossil fuels, we are taking a direct hit at the scope one emissions. Businesses typically rack up scope one emissions by heating their office buildings and fuelling their vehicles.

 

Timed utilities e.g. sensor lights
Try as we might – humans aren’t perfect. Sometimes we leave a light on and sometimes we leave a tap running. To minimise this accidental utility waste, you can install sensor activated lights and taps or automatic hand dryers and self-closing taps. 

LPO switch
A LPO switch or “last person out” switch is a programmed switch for the end of the day that ensures all non-essential electronics have been turned off for the night. This removes the laborious task of ensuring everything is turned off before locking up.

Walk, cycle or just meet remotely
Whilst, the greenest kWh is the one you don’t use, by the same notion – the greenest mile you drive is the one you don’t.

We can reduce our miles in a multitude of ways: by coordinating appointments that are geographically closer, by encouraging active travel and public transport rather than driving, or even meeting remotely so no miles are travelled at all.

 

2) Use Better  

Make your energy go further 

Efficiency is the name of the game in step 2. Let’s make your kWhs go further, for every kWh used, we want light for longer, boilers on less and the heat we generate to stay in our buildings.

 

LEDs
Not only are the sale of fluorescent lights set to end in September 2023, but you would also be saving yourself a bundle with a swap to LEDs, they last 50 times longer than and can be up to 80% more efficient.  

Insulation
If you have the authority to install insulation, then it is an immediate way to begin reducing your energy use. By insulating your building, you’ll require less energy to keep your employees warm.

Draft proofing
Are you heating on one side of the office with an open window the other side? With a cohesive company policy, you can ensure that drafts around your building aren’t letting your precious heat straight out the window or gaps in the door. 

 

 

3) Use Greener 

For the kWh’s you can’t reduce, make them green 

When you’ve eliminated all waste and you’ve got the most efficient building in town, the last step to take is to ensure the energy you’re still using has minimal impact before it gets to your door (or lights). Generally, this takes the form of a naturally sourced renewable energy such as the sun, wind or sea.

 

Solar PV
The sun will shine regardless, we might as well start collecting the energy from it. By harnessing the power of your rooftops, you can collect renewable energy and immediately reduce your scope 2 emissions.  

Wind Generation
As the economy evolves around reducing emissions, more opportunities to invest in wind energy become available. Businesses with the financial resources and space can look to utilise their assets to invest in means of wind generation, providing them with a green source of energy.

Greener Energy Tariffs
Without generating the electricity yourself there are still ways to access renewable energy. When your energy contract is up for renewal, shop around and find out what greener tariffs are available. 

 

Whether you’re swapping cars for bikes, fluorescents for LEDS or getting a new energy tariff, your business can make small changes to make a massive impact on emissions, starting as soon as you’re ready. 

 

Bonus Top Tip
Only filling up the kettle with the amount you’ll need not only saves energy, but water as well.

Depending on your tea consumption, this can have quite the impact on your emissions.