Things Businesses Can Do For The Environment (Little Things Businesses Can…
Things Businesses Can Do For The Environment
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For small businesses: How to measure and report your own greenhouse gas emissions. DEFRA.
The Green Finance Strategy is looking at bringing in the idea that businesses need to disclose operational energy use.
The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting Framework (April 2019) looked at simplifying carbon and energy reporting requirements for businesses. This will extend the number of organisations required to report on their energy use and emissions in their annual reports. This is a mandatory reporting operation for large or quoted companies and large liability partnerships.
The Green Finance Strategy also outlines supportive policies including a £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund which will support businesses with high energy use transition to a low carbon future and cut their bills.
Businesses are now becoming part of RE100 which is a global collaborative initiative that commits companies to 100% renewable energy.
Government figures showed that in 2017, solar panels and wind farms produced more electricity than the UK's 8 nuclear power stations for the first time.
 A survey of industrial companies in the UK found that 17% plan to generate a significant proportion of their own electricity within 5 years and a further 45% want to reduce their dependence on the grid by producing power on site.
Energy consumption by British businesses has risen by almost a third in the past 40 years. The money spent on industrial energy consumption in the UK remains among the highest in the group of 26 countries that make the International Energy Agency's membership.
Multiple statistics with comparison to the 20th century:
73% of millennials are willing to pat more for sustainable items.
Little Things Businesses Can Do
Switch to post-consumer waste. Try to go entirely paperless, but if you do ave to use paper make sure you use eco-friendly paper. PCW paper is made from the paper we place in recycling bins each day. Making this paper uses 45% less energy and creates half the waste of the traditional papermaking process.
Use biodegradable cleaning products which reduce exposure to harsh toxins and chemicals. ECOZONE create innovative home cleaning, maintenance solutions and products. They are environmentally conscious and aware of CO2 levels. They are palm oil free, use plant based ingredients, ensure they are safe for aquatic life and use natural and organic materials.
ECOVER cleaning products aim to make all their bottles from recycled plastic by 2020, use less water, they buy local when they can, use plant derived substances, use fragrances clean from toxic chemicals and have one of the world's most ecologically sound factories.
PLUS Japan have released a staple free stapler available on Amazon which is great for companies who have to shred a lot of stapled paperwork.
Terracycle. Some of the recycling schemes they have are Aqua Optima Water filters (Local Sainsbury's stores also have bins these can be thrown into), crisp packet recycling, Spontex Disposable gloves scheme, BIC writing instruments recycling programme. You could either collect the products and elect someone to take them to a drop off point or start up your own drop off point - perfect for industrial estates of businesses in busy areas like high streets.
Win on Waste Campaigns. A local one is at Livability at Holton Lee which allows people to drop off items in office hours. It is run by Ideas2Action who run a number of recycling projects.
Pilot have released the world's first ball point made from recycled plastic bottles. These can also be refilled.
Source second hand furniture or upcycle some existing furniture.
Hall and Woodhouse HQ and managed houses litter pick in their local on their 'Founders Day'. Their team will go around their local areas and collect litter in the morning.
Laptops can use 80% less power than desktops.
More than 80% of UK businesses generating renewable energy onsite plan to increase capacity over the next 5 years. This will see them becoming the power plant of the future.
IKEA. Opened a concept store on Tottenham Court Road and their first sustainable store in Greenwich. Staff and customers are encouraged to use public transport with the bus stop just outside. They use a bike courier for smaller items. The rest of the store has been designed using renewable materials and is solar powered. They use hanging cardboard signs. They have worked to define what sustainable living means for them and help customers achieve this.
Bottletop. Pioneered sustainable bag design created a handbag in partnership with Mulberry. They source leather from a program that promotes sustainable farming practices which reduces deforestation and aids rainforest conservation. They use upcycled metal ring pulls to create chain mail fabric. They use no plastic in shipping products, they use recycled cardboard packaging. They opened the world's first 3D printed store made from upcycled ocean plastic in Regent Street, London.
In the last year just under £1 million pound has been awarded to community groups and businesses across Dorset to help them reduce their carbon footprints by Low Carbon Dorset. It has helped fund the installation of solar panels, the development of the county's first zero carbon housing site, the installation of biomass boilers, a new energy system and solar PV panels.
Low Carbon Dorset has helped reduce the county's carbon emissions by an estimated 1000 tonnes of CO2 a year. It will continue to grant funding until the end of 2020.