Decarbonise your business, reduce your running costs and play your part in supporting a greener future
For businesses, the need to act on climate change has progressed, and businesses are now facing more pressure to develop and deliver on a net-zero strategy, making the most of opportunities for growth during the transition to a net-zero world. With time ticking, the shrinking window to limit global warming by 2050 is leading businesses to make pledges, reduce their impact on the environment and set environmental, social, governance and net-zero commitments.
To achieve net zero, all greenhouse gas emissions produced are to be counterbalanced by an equal amount of emissions that are eliminated, and achieving this will require rapid, and immediate decarbonisation.
While setting goals for decarbonisation may seem straightforward, the means to achieve them can be less clear. Avrenim can support you in your journey to net zero, ensuring all customers understand the transition to net zero, its implications and the tactics that can be taken to reach your goals.
The benefits of decarbonisation
Avrenim recommends and urges businesses to consider alternatives to traditional methods to contribute to decarbonisation. CO2 is produced when we burn fossil fuels such as coal, gas or oil, therefore generating a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Alternatives in the renewable energy sector are available, giving the same result, offering lower or zero carbon.
There are many benefits to decarbonising your business:
- Cost savings – By using less energy, your business will also save on running costs
- Future-proofing – Transitioning to renewable energy sources ensures long-term availability and environmental responsibility
- Positive reputation for your brand – By switching to renewable energy sources, you will be contributing to the reduction of pollution, improving your reputation
Decarbonising your business
Maintaining boilers and air conditioning systems ensures they operate at optimum efficiency. Scheduling planned maintenance allows you to maximise the lifespan of the item, and regular maintenance will outweigh the cost of replacing the product if regular maintenance doesn’t occur.
Insulating buildings is a big win in decarbonisation projects. Stopping heat leakage from a building leads to less fuel needed to heat/cool the space.
Energy efficient appliances
This includes replacing air conditioning systems that are poor and inefficient, switching to lighting that is energy efficient, switching off appliances that are not in use and replacing inefficient appliances – all of which have a big impact on decarbonising your business.
Heat pumps are innovative heating and cooling systems that transfer heat from one place to another using electricity as the primary energy source. Heat pumps are an essential device in heating homes and buildings in the age of net zero and are essential in our efforts to reduce energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a sustainable future.
LED lights are energy efficient in comparison to traditional lighting. LED lights convert a higher percentage of electricity and turn this into light, and this process wastes less energy as heat in comparison to traditional light bulbs which emit a significant amount of heat. LED lights also have a much longer lifespan than that of traditional light bulbs, which contributes to lower maintenance costs.
Solar PV converts sunlight into electricity, an environmentally friendly method of producing energy as the method produces no greenhouse gas emissions and does not burn any fossil fuels. Along with this, it also produces no air or water pollution, making it one of the most environmentally friendly methods available. Depending on how many solar panels you install and your consumption rate, the return on investment justifies the initial spend, as well as helping your business achieve cost savings in the long run.
A BMS (Building Management System) allows for central control of the heating and cooling of a building. A BMS contributes to the reduction of energy waste, as it controls when energy is being used. This also is beneficial in reducing costs for your business. A great example of when a BMS is useful is controlling the times the lighting in buildings is used, i.e. if a room is not in use, and controlling what times the lights in buildings turn on and off, reducing dead running costs.
Avrenim specialises in the installation and implementation of methods of decarbonisation for clients, providing expert solutions that are energy-efficient, versatile and environmentally friendly. Avrenim has previously worked on numerous buildings including in the educational, healthcare, leisure and hospitality sectors, visit our website for a full list of projects.
Decarbonisation will be a catalyst for including efficient systems and minimising emissions within businesses that operate across all industries.
Making changes in line with decarbonisation will accelerate the progress towards net zero.