Once you say yes to change it actually starts the process snowballing. First, we got in touch with Amazon and asked to join the signatories. Then, we signed up to the SME Climate Hub Programme and got in touch with local organisations, The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, The Energy Purchasing Group and Sheffield City Council. Our energy audit is in the pipeline and our practical approach is taking shape.
We know that there is a lot to do, but we are driven to make a difference and hold our heads up high and make our impact a positive one, for you, our community and the environment.
- Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.
- Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business change and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.
- Take actions to neutralise any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040
So what does that mean in practical terms?
- We have moved to a 100% renewables energy provider saving 6.9 tonnes
- We have replaced 88 halogen bulbs to LED fittings at our own cost
- We are awaiting an official energy audit
- We are looking at installing electric charging points
- We are looking at onsite composting
- We recycle paper, card, metal, plastic, glass and packaging
- All electronics are recycled, resold or gifted through approved suppliers
- We have removed single use plastics
- We upcycle or renew furniture where possible
- Paperless internal communications
- Use a green hosting company for our website and emails
- We are going to host local litter picks
- We have joined the Sheffield and Rotherham wildlife trust so that we can offer practical help in our local environment