In 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement came into force, with the aim to bring all nations together to undertake efforts to combat climate change and reduce its most damaging effects; through legally binding targets to limit global warming to 1.5oC. It was a landmark moment for climate change and since then, the ripples from it have been felt through all sectors across the UK.
Also in 2016, the World Green Building Council launched the Advancing Net Zero program which aims to accelerate net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. The UK Green Building council supported this by delivering the framework definitions of net zero carbon buildings for building managers and construction firms in 2019. The rate at which these advancements have occurred shows that the net zero carbon agenda is a fast-moving one. As a result, it’s important for companies to be clued up on the topic and actively making changes if they want to avoid falling behind.
Gaining a deeper understanding of what the net zero agenda means for your business – as well as the steps you need to take to reduce your emissions – can help transform the way your business functions for the better.
What does net zero mean for UK businesses?
As mentioned, net zero is an area that is quickly progressing. Climate consciousness has risen dramatically in recent years, with increasing pressure on companies to make positive changes to the ways they operate. Many huge organisations have committed to reducing their carbon footprint in recent years. Sky has made a commitment to reach net zero by 2030, while Microsoft has gone further and pledged to become carbon negative – meaning they remove more carbon from the environment than they emit – by the same deadline, and then to remove all their historical carbon emissions by 2050.
Net zero is forcing companies to completely reassess their operations to reduce their energy usage and wider environmental footprint. This includes ensuring their buildings are as energy-efficient as possible and making investments into renewable energy sources. Tasks like these may seem insurmountable when first approached, but can lead to significant long-term gains for businesses. Ignoring the need to make these changes is only likely to lead to greater difficulties further down the line.
What are the benefits of businesses committing to net zero?
The benefits of committing to net zero are numerous. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the direct savings that increased energy efficiency can drive. By reducing energy wastage in your buildings – and even investing in renewable energy sources – you can reduce your energy costs dramatically. Additionally, by investing specifically in on-site renewable energy, you can make your business more resilient to the volatility of the global energy markets.
Net zero commitments can also transform how people view your business. Your policy on net zero and climate change could easily be a deciding factor for a potential client or customer on whether they want to work with you. If you want to paint your organisation as a forward-thinking one, then it’s an area you can’t afford not to invest in.
What steps should businesses take?
If your business is ready to take the first step in progressing towards net zero, then you should engage an energy management company that can help guide you through the process and drive savings both in terms of energy and financial capital. With so many factors to consider, a team without in-depth knowledge of the area can easily be overwhelmed without the right assistance.
Energy & Technical Services has the expertise to guide companies through the process, ensuring they are able to drive real, effective change in their organisation.
Questions about net zero?
If you have any questions regarding the energy needs of your business, our expert team at ETS are always here to help. You can contact us by calling 0117 205 0542, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can submit a contact form.