The world is facing a number of environmental challenges; from global warming to resource efficiency and the UK has long been at the forefront of the effort to tackle these issues. Business understands its environmental impact and is taking action to be part of the solution creating a greener, low-carbon and more sustainable economy. Businesses are:
2. Encouraging their global supply chains to do the same
For most businesses, sustainability plans now extend beyond their daily operations and into the entire supply chain. To determine its true environmental footprint, Nike looks at everything from raw materials production to how consumers dispose of products after use to measure and minimise its environmental impact.
4. Building greener homes
Businesses are not only cutting their own carbon emissions but are creating the plans and products to build zero-carbon homes. Homebuilders are using sustainable materials and innovative products to construct homes that have zero – or even negative – carbon emissions. Using cutting edge energy efficiency measures and harnessing renewable energy, the UK’s housing stock is becoming ever greener.
6. Making the things we buy more environmentally friendly and cheaper
From Toyota’s Prius to Nissan’s Leaf to Tesla’s Model S, car manufacturers are competing to produce ever more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly models without comprising range, comfort and style. Not only are ours cars becoming more environmentally friendly, electrical manufacturers are working to make the electrical products we use more energy efficient and cheaper to run which is good for the customer and good for the environment. For example, an energy saving fridge freezer could save up to £45 per year on energy bills.
8. Innovating to provide low-carbon solutions
Business isn’t taking a back seat in the transition to a low-carbon economy but innovating to give the UK a leading edge in tackling climate change by developing technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen power or demand response. The UK has established itself an attractive place to invest in developing CCS, which is the only way to reduce emissions and keep coal and gas in the UK’s long-term energy mix.