Thinking of switching? 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Keeping your business’ carbon footprint at a low is essential. Here, we detail five ways that you can reduce it.

In response to the potentially disastrous impact of climate change, the UK government became the first country to sign its ‘Net Zero’ target into law – marking it as the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions.[1] These changes have had a huge impact on the way businesses work, inspiring many to introduce new ways of reducing their carbon footprint.

Here, we’ll take a look at five things you can do to reduce your business’s carbon emissions.

1) LPG and LNG: The low carbon option

If you’re an off-grid business using oil or solid fuel as your energy supply, you could switch to LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) or LNG (liquefied natural gas) to reduce your carbon footprint. With the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional off-grid fossil fuel, LPG also offers significant reductions in NOx and SOx compared to other conventional fuels and emits almost no particulate matter [2]. It can help your business reduce its emissions and align with the Government’s direction of travel.

2) Lighting

Changing your lighting systems can have a large effect on your carbon footprint. By choosing LED lighting you can make huge carbon savings over the course of months and years[3]. These savings can be increased further when combined with motion sensors, which allow lights to switch off automatically when they’re not in use, to minimise energy wastage.

3) Reducing travel emissions

With HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) estimated to account for around 17% of UK greenhouse gas emissions and around 21% of road transport NOx[4], finding ways to reduce emissions from transport is a top priority for many businesses. The installation of telematics systems and GPS tracking within trucks, allows companies to analyse their fleets to ensure they are maximising efficiency.[5]

The introduction of vehicles that use lower-carbon fuels can also prove successful in reducing the amount of carbon a business creates, as can the introduction of cycle to work schemes, which encourage employees to cycle by reducing the cost of bikes and equipment.

4) Optimising heating systems

By installing proper controls, you can ensure your heating and air conditioning is correctly timed, lowering the amount of energy you waste. Building management systems can also give accurate readings on temperatures, which over a period of time can dramatically reduce emissions. Training staff on how to use heating and cooling units can also help prevent unwanted spikes in energy and helps to enforce good habits that can lead to further CO2 savings long term.

5) Carbon offsetting: A solution to counteracting unavoidable emissions

Whilst you may aspire to reduce your carbon emissions wherever possible, it’s inevitable that some form of emissions will need to be generated as part of the daily running of your business.

However, it’s now possible to ‘offset’ those emissions by purchasing ‘carbon credits’. These credits will then be put towards activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or absorb carbon dioxide in other parts of the World. Flogas runs an initiative for both domestic customers and businesses, where by offsetting your gas carbon emissions, you will purchase carbon credits to support projects which provide access to eco-friendly cooking equipment to communities in Africa and protect forests from deforestation.

For details on how you can switch your business from oil to gas, enquire today.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law

[2] NAEI and SAP 2012

[3] https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/blog/getting-best-out-your-led-lighting

[4]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/590922/freight-carbon-review-2017.pdf

[5] https://www.greenelement.co.uk/blog/reduce-business-carbon-footprint/

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