What more should business do to reduce their environmental impact?

Businesses account for 31% of all green-house gas emissions in Great Britain – that’s 6% more than all of the households in the country combined. With the business sector being responsible for emitting by far the largest share of green-house gases, you can wonder whether as individuals we can really make a difference? The answer is of course, yes, you most definitely can BUT businesses can make an even bigger difference.

Is there the appetite for change?

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently asked more than 550 British business leaders a range of questions about energy topics, and security of supply, affordability and decarbonisation were all regarded as important.

To decarbonise Britain and reduce our impact on the environment, we need business to buy into a renewable future.

The survey revealed that 70% of businesses rate tackling climate change as important or very important for the UK. This is great news, it shows that business leaders recognise the issue and want to do something about it. But to decarbonise Britain and reduce our impact on the environment, we need business to buy into a renewable future.

Armed with this mission we seized the opportunity to talk to the UK’s top business people and politicians, including the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey, at the CBI’s annual energy conference in early July.

Our message to businesses

I spoke at the event and encouraged business leaders to switch to a 100% renewable electricity supplier.

Our message to business leaders is simple: lead by example and switch to a cleaner, greener supplier.

Businesses that are serious about moving to a low-carbon model should consider switching their business electricity supply. Emissions from electricity are a major contributor to climate change, as well as to a business’s own carbon footprint. Our message to business leaders is simple: lead by example and switch to a cleaner, greener supplier.

We’re always looking for opportunities to work with businesses to influence them and encourage change. And we already have around 400 partners and 3,000 business customers who are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and tackle climate change.

One of those is UK fashion retailer SuperGroup – who have over 100 Superdry retail stores and office buildings in the UK signed up to Good Energy’s renewable electricity tariff.

Toby Abbott from the company told us “SuperGroup believes in renewable and low carbon technologies as part of a competitive UK energy market. Good Energy provides one such solution and we support their development of renewable energy infrastructure in the UK.”

How you can help spread the word

We think there are many more organisations which would do well to explore this potential and lead Britain towards a 100% renewable future! Perhaps you know of a business near you which sources its electricity from renewables? We’d love to know about them, post a comment to let us know which businesses are leading the way…

With your help, we can change the way business think about energy – for good.

 


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