10 steps to cut your carbon emissions
While sustainability is the goal, the route to getting there is not always the same for every business. And it can be difficult to decide on the most effective solutions for your business.
SMEs tend to avoid making the switch to green energy and renewables, fearing that it will be too costly and time consuming to implement. But this isn’t true, and there are plenty of ways that businesses can cut their carbon emissions.
We take a look at some of the ways that your business can reduce its emissions.
Introducing green incentives in the workplace can be a great way to encourage more environmental awareness. Monthly challenges help to engage employees in furthering the business’s sustainability targets. With the added bonus of a prize.
By implementing recycling programmes and encouraging reusable items, employees are shown how to develop simple eco-habits. Becoming more environmentally aware both within the office and as a business can also attract more eco-conscious consumers to your services and products.
Switch your vehicle fleets to electric
Transport is the largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the UK, and accounts for 28% of all emissions. Businesses that switch to electric vehicles can reduce their emissions considerably, while also adhering to government legislation (such as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, ESOS).
Adjust your aircon
Although it may not seem like it, taking control of your heating and air conditioning could make a big difference to your emission levels. Switching your systems off when they are not needed can save money for your business, as well as reducing unnecessary waste.
Implementing temperature controls means that heating and air conditioning units are only used when they are needed. So no energy will be wasted during out of office hours.
Install renewable energy sources
Installing renewable energy sources allows businesses to save money whilst also reducing their environmental impact. Solar panels, and heat pumps are also remarkably easy to upkeep.
Not only are these renewables cutting costs, and reducing your environmental impact, taking these measures can also advertise your business’s sustainability credentials. This can potentially attract a wider range of eco-aware clients.
Introduce a cycle to work scheme
Consider offering a Cycle to Work scheme to encourage your employees to reduce their environmental footprint. Carpooling, public transport, and walking can also help businesses to lower their carbon footprint.
When assessing a business’s energy consumption, government schemes (such as ESOS) take into consideration the amount of energy used on transport. So, for eligible businesses, lowering energy consumption from transport is essential.
Install a smart meter
Installing a smart meter allows businesses to take control of their energy usage. Understanding where you consume the most energy, and how, means that you can focus on cutting down unnecessary waste. The wasted energy of just a few thousand office buildings in the UK could power over 65,000 homes. It is also costing £60 million a year in unnecessary energy bills.
Change your bulbs
There are several advantages to switching to LED lighting, but the main benefit is without a doubt the reduced emissions. LED light bulbs have consistent longevity, durability and are of a higher standard of quality. They are also more efficient, channelling energy straight to where it is needed, and cutting out any waste.
Buy produce and office supplies locally
Consider keeping an eye on what you buy, to curb your impact on the environment. While some office products are difficult to source locally, finding suppliers that are close by can reduce your emissions on delivery and reduce wasteful packaging.
Rather than ordering a small item online that comes in an unnecessary amount of packaging, try buying in person to avoid the extra disposable plastic.
Cut out single-use plastic
Providing your team with a range of reusable utensils and crockery can make a considerable difference to your business’s plastic waste. Keeping mugs, glasses, knives, and forks in the office kitchen will reduce the amount of single-use plastic used and wasted every day.
Embrace carbon offsetting
While there are many ways to improve your emissions levels, some can be harder to tackle in the short term. This is where carbon offsetting comes in. By ensuring you are cancelling out your carbon usage with offsetting, you can reduce net emissions while increasing biodiversity.
How can we help?
Making big energy changes to your business can often be confusing and worrisome. But they don’t need to be. As we move towards a sustainable future, we must all do our bit.
At National Utility Hub, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with a simple and stress-free service. We take out the confusion of sustainability, to ease your transition to a greener way of life.
Get in touch to hear more about how we can help you cut your emissions.