UK Business goals for going green
Microsoft recently announced an ambitious plan to become carbon negative by 2030, meaning that it will remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits. The tech giant’s ultimate goal is to remove from the environment by 2050 all the carbon it has emitted since it was founded in 1975.
What about the other big guns?
Many other big players have also pledged some pretty impressive commitments. The BMW Group is regularly named the world’s most sustainable car manufacturer for its efforts to create fuel-saving and alternative vehicles with clean production processes, and global technology giant BOSCH recently unveiled plans to invest more than €1bn in energy efficiency measures, as it promises to step up green energy sourcing and offset programmes and become fully carbon neutral across its global operations.
SKY has been carbon neutral since 2006, and has many commitments for continued sustainability. In 2009 it partnered with WWF and the Brazilian Acre State Government to launch the Sky Rainforest Rescue campaign. This campaign broadcasted the effects of deforestation to more than seven million viewers worldwide. It also implemented positive agricultural change in the Acre State region of Brazil, saving one billion trees by providing farmers with a more profitable alternative to using rainforest land as grazing areas for cattle. In 2017, Sky launched Sky Ocean Rescue and committed to removing all single-use plastic from its business of over 30,000 employees.
So what does this mean for TWI?
We are extremely delighted to say that our TWI clients take the environmental impact of their businesses very seriously too. Here are just a few examples of how they pride themselves on dealing with the footprint they are leaving, and being mindful of sustainability whilst still making a positive impression within their sectors, trades and industries no matter the size.
Simultaneous cleaning and inspection services for static heat transfer plants
Tube Tech International works tirelessly with the world’s leading experts, scientists, engineers and educational researchers to deliver an ongoing programme focused on solving heavy Industries’ most complex challenges and addressing climate change. Tube-Tech International’s research and development protocol has been recognised at the highest levels of industry, and in 2018/19 a consortium, led by their R&D team received multi-million-Euro EU Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation SME Instrument Programme funding to research and develop ground-breaking solutions for the wider industry – amazing stuff!
Contract and specialist cleaning services
Monthind Clean, proudly supports the Essex Wildlife Trust Corporate Members Scheme, to support the charity’s protection and conservation efforts across the county. Monthind is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by promoting sustainability throughout its activities from the boardroom to the shop floor. The major investment into this strategy is Monthind’s ‘Green Fleet’ of lower CO2 hybrid vehicles which has already delivered significant emissions savings. Over the last year, charging the plug-in hybrid vehicle fleet at Monthind’s head office has saved over 740kg of CO2 emissions. That’s equivalent of making 10,500 cups of tea or driving 2250 miles in a standard petrol car or spending 150 hours in the average electric shower.
Old Oak, New Thinking
Not only does Essex Oak Frame still like to do things the old-fashioned way when it comes to restoration and conservation projects as well as new oak frame builds, it only uses timber sourced from well stocked locations throughout the United Kingdom. It purchases either from managed woodlands or large-scale motorway clearance projects. Essex Oak Frame also directly imports timber from managed European sources to ensure sustainability. Coppicing (the practice of cutting trees and shrubs to ground level, promoting vigorous re-growth and a sustainable supply of timber for future generations) is vital. Though trees naturally retrench (shedding their branches to extend their lifespan) and coppicing can be an excellent way of simulating this to increase the life of the tree. It also increases woodland biodiversity, as greater amounts of light can reach the ground, allowing other species to grow.
Library security systems
D-Tech use technology to create environments that work for its clients and their customers. Its corporate responsibility lies in ensuring products and practices fulfill their promise to take care of the planet and are mindful of the impact individuals can have and continue to look at new ways to contribute in a positive way to preserving precious resources. These are just some of the actions it has incorporated into the company CSR policy. It avoids buying anything that may become waste, return what can be returned to suppliers and reduce waste, it reuses products and promotes recycling internally, with customers and suppliers. It preserves energy and improves efficiency, ensuring compliance with relevant environmental legislation. It encourages the adoption of similar principles by suppliers and it is always happy to hear of new ideas and initiatives and work with customers to support and adhere to their environmental policies.