Energy crisis could drive corporate net-zero targets faster than Cop26
Issues of soaring petrol prices and astronomical energy bills have driven millions of people to reduce their carbon emissions through cost-cutting efforts. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that 51% of Brits are using less gas and electricity, while a further 40% are cutting back on non-essential car journeys.
The cost-of-living squeeze has already forced millions of households and businesses alike across the country to cut costs on many other aspects of their lives and operations respectively. At the same time, corporate leaders have been urged to provide solutions for environmental sustainability following last year’s Cop26 Summit. In light of this, sustainability experts, SaveMoneyCutCarbon explain that the energy crisis is acting as a conduit to reduce carbon emissions – particularly for businesses struggling to keep up with the price rise.
Landmark research from SaveMoneyCutCarbon, unveils that 53% of Brits don’t consider their carbon footprint at work, even though they spend more time at the office. Of a similar nature, 51% of employers want to lower their business’ carbon footprint, but don’t know where to start.
Mark Sait, CEO and founder of SaveMoneyCutCarbon, says that businesses should begin to utilise new and affordable technology to not only alleviate costs – but more importantly to swiftly transition into a greener society. For instance, simply swapping to LED lights can reduce energy usage by around 80%. Further to this, transitioning to heat pumps can assist with shrinking a company’s carbon footprint and strengthen ESG reporting – heat pumps are 400% more efficient than standard heating systems and will ultimately contribute to lowering energy costs.
Not only that, he explains that when it comes to energy usage in the workplace, employee consumption habits lie at the start of change. For example, SaveMoneyCutCarbon offer services as a ‘carbon mentor’, to educate businesses and their employees about energy consumption habits. This will accelerate the trend of sustainable usage as workers will be able to integrate these tips into their everyday life – at work and at home.
Mark Sait, CEO and founder of SaveMoneyCutCarbon, comments:
“Humanity consumption of resources can’t continue at this pace unless we find another planet, so we have to reduce our actual consumption of energy, water, plastic, products – resulting in lower carbon. Ultimately, in the longer-term, businesses can’t thrive is society and the planet fails.”