How Business is Embracing Sustainability

Posted by: Gerry McColl on March 17, 2016 | Categories:

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Putting sustainability issues front and centre.

The world is facing a number of environmental and sustainability challenges  From global warming to resource efficiency, the UK has always been at the forefront of the effort to tackle these issues. The business sector understands its environmental impact and is taking action to be a part of the solution; creating a greener and more sustainable economy.

Sustainability is no longer just an afterthought in commercial planning. It is now central to operations. This allows businesses to reduce costs, enter new markets and improve their corporate reputation. It affects everyone in a business from the Chief Executive to those on the shop floor.

Companies are looking at ways to cut waste. They are looking to reduce energy usage and source raw materials which improve sustainability. Many businesses are going even further in their commitments, by reusing all waste or backing a global price on carbon, for example. For most businesses, sustainability plans extend beyond their daily operations and into the entire supply chain.

Setting ambitious targets to cut their carbon emissions

All businesses use energy, and manufacturing processes such as melting steel or firing bricks use a significant amount—with the average yearly energy bill for a large industrial user costing almost £10 million.

To mitigate this, many businesses are committed to cutting energy use and setting ambitious targets to reduce their carbon footprint. Some business sectors are aiming to cut their emissions by 81% by 2050.

Building greener homes

Businesses are not only cutting their own carbon emissions but creating the plans and products to build zero-carbon homes.

Homebuilders are using more sustainable materials and innovative products to construct homes that have zero, or even negative carbon emissions. Using cutting-edge energy efficiency measures and harnessing renewable energy, the UK’s housing stock is becoming ever greener.

Helping schools, hospitals and public buildings to reduce carbon

Business is helping to make our public buildings greener by sharing knowledge, skills and resources. Whether this is by educating children on global warming or providing solar panels for schools, programmes like British Gas ‘Generation Green’—which helps over 13,000 schools across the UK by providing classroom resources, education experiences and sustainable energy technologies—contribute towards protecting the environment for future generations.

Innovating to provide low-carbon solutions

Business isn’t taking a back seat in the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s innovating to give the UK a leading edge by developing technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen power or demand response. The UK has established itself as an attractive place to invest in developing CCS, which is the only way to reduce emissions and keep coal and gas in the UK’s long-term energy mix.

Government is also playing its part. The Scottish government achieved its 50% target of generating half of its electricity demand from clean sources, such as wind power, a year ahead of schedule.

At AnswerConnect we think sustainability is very important and we encourage our associates to sign up to our in-house programme, “SustainableU,” which looks at positive ways each and every one of us can play a part in reducing our carbon footprints and being more local and organic in our food choices.

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Redrafted by Gerry McColl

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