Ever since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change were established, the UK has been on a journey – a journey to become a low-carbon nation.
We have been struck with the daunting fact that global carbon emissions must start to reduce well within 12 years if we are to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change from becoming irreversible reality.
We’ve heard about all the things we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint, eat less meat, cycle to work, use public transport and the list goes on. Businesses also need to start making changes and with all the new technology out there, it’s easier than you think.
A good place to start is with your lighting, the easiest infrastructure to update in your building. LED lighting is the ‘greenest’ solution available on today’s market, unlike your compact fluorescent lamp, the LED lighting does not contain the highly toxic mercury, which isn’t only harmful to the environment but also to your personal health.
The heating and cooling of your workplace requires a lot of energy. Old equipment can drain energy hugely, so if it’s time to replace your unit, make sure you do so with newer high-efficiency units.
A great way to ensure that you control the above elements is through a Building Automation System. You can control all technical systems which are used for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and the power of your building. Being able to keep an eye on how much energy you are using throughout the day will enable you to see where you are wasting the most amount of energy. Through a BAS you can then adjust the settings to ensure that your building is running as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Another great way to reduce your company’s carbon footprint is through Electrical Vehicle Charging Solutions. Many businesses encourage employees to cycle to work or use public transport to cut down on their carbon footprint but for those who are too far away for this to be feasible you can encourage them to use hybrid vehicles.
By having an EV charging solution on site your employees are more likely to then consider a hybrid vehicle when choosing their next car. If your business offers company vehicles, then upgrading to a hybrid will be a more cost-effective solution in the long run and in turn will reduce your carbon footprint. There is a Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) that provides support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle Charge Points.
Remark Group can help your company lower your carbon footprint, get in contact today.