Small steps to green recovery

Climate change is a huge subject matter and as a result can inhibit people from thinking that small changes can make a difference. A growing number of businesses now wish to be more sustainable but are not sure what to do next or what is right for them and their budget.

In this blog we discuss the movement towards a green recovery and the ‘low hanging fruit’ for businesses to begin making the transition to becoming more sustainable.

Climate change is happening and is evident in the freak weather and natural disasters that have caused energy prices to fluctuate. However, Covid-19 shone a light on how we can quickly adapt and the positive impact this can have on carbon emissions.

Despite the challenges the economy faces over the next few years, the attention on a green recovery has grown with people and businesses considering or migrating to greener practices.

The Government recently announced its Ten Point Plan to ‘eradicate the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050. Building back better, supporting green jobs, and accelerating our path to net zero.’

The £12bn plan will support 250,000 green jobs in various areas including; carbon capture and storage, green buildings, green finance and electric vehicles.

Whilst the plan presents further questions and challenges, it gives direction and intention to how the UK can help achieve its net zero target. What perhaps is less clear is how it transcends to what individuals and small businesses can be doing.

Two areas where we have seen greater adoption is renewable energy and electric vehicles.

Sales of electric vehicles are continuing to soar as EV cars become an accessible option for people to make the transition to more sustainable choices. Government funding and the advancements in car manufacturing for improved design, charge efficiency and speed of charge have influenced a rise in demand. The number of electric vehicle charge points are also growing to meet the rising number of electric drivers and we are witnessing more businesses become destination charge points to attract custom, provide employee benefits or satisfy their own sustainability agenda. With a 2030 ban in place for sales of petrol and diesel vehicles, the focus is now on whether the UK has the infrastructure to support this growth in demand.

There has also been a rise in suppliers offering renewable energy contracts that enable businesses to address sustainability goals without requiring much effort. There are many different terms used to describe renewable tariffs and we encourage businesses to ensure they are clear on what they are buying to truly support the movement for 100% renewable generation. Check out our blog on ‘How renewable is your renewable energy’ to find out more.

Another simple way to support net zero targets is to consume less. This may seem easier said than done, but with the advancement in technology and the rollout of smart meters, businesses can gain greater visibility of their energy consumption and the ability to better predict what is needed and when.

The reduction of carbon emissions does not need to be complicated. If you wish to explore your options for how you can take your next step to support a sustainable future then contact partners@cngltd.co.uk who will be happy to help in discussing renewable energy, EV charge points and Solar.