At Utilligence, we strongly believe renewable energy companies must lead by example when it comes to reducing their carbon emissions and building sustainable businesses. That is why we have implemented various initiatives to minimise our environmental impact.
The Future Net Zero Standard
As we discussed in an earlier post, at the start of 2022, we joined the FNZ Standard (The Future Net Zero Standard), which refers to a framework and set of recommended best practices for organisations to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It provides guidance on measuring, reducing, and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions across all direct and indirect emission sources connected to a company’s operations and value chain.
To begin, we started by offsetting 100 tonnes of carbon by purchasing 100 carbon credits. Carbon credits are generated from certified climate projects like reforestation, renewable energy, methane capture, etc. These projects independently verify the number of emissions reduced. Not only did this cover all our emissions from 2021 (38.2 tonnes), but it also covered our emissions to date (a further 32.96 tonnes).
We also include our subsidiary, Palau Solar, in our carbon reduction plans, and at that office we were able to install solar panels on the roof. These panels provide clean electricity that offsets up to 59% of our facilities’ energy needs. (This is why the graphs show few significant changes in our office emissions over the last year.)
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint with Electric Vehicles
Additionally, as travel is our greatest source of carbon emissions, we began to invest in Electric Vehicles (EVs). We have given members of our management team access to EVs whenever they travel between offices, sites and to meetings. The EVs help to reduce air pollution in local communities and prevent tons of CO2 emissions, compared to petrol-powered cars.
Committed to Carbon Measurement and Tracking
Our carbon accounting software meticulously records our scope one and two carbon emissions. Scope one emissions encompass direct emissions, originating from sources like company-owned vehicles, boilers, and manufacturing processes. Scope two carbon emissions include indirect greenhouse gas emissions, resulting from the utilisation of externally procured electricity, steam, heating, and cooling by an organisation.
Our commitment, however, extends beyond this horizon. As our tracking metrics advance and our journey progresses, we will also delve into the monitoring of scope three and four emissions, encompassing emissions from sectors like shipping, delivery, and production. These emissions are often more challenging to track, as they necessitate data gathering from the third parties that we collaborate with.
Our Continued Carbon Reduction In 2024
Looking ahead, Utilligence is planning to install solar panels on our UK headquarters. By 2024 we hope to see similar reductions in carbon emissions to the levels we have seen in Palau. We also plan to invest further into EVs for business travel and will be giving our operational team access to the fleet. As our operational team are frequently on the road and travelling to sites around the country, we hope to see significant impact on our overall emissions. What has held us back to date is the lack of EVs on the market that can meet our practical needs and a lack of rapid charging points around the UK to optimise travel efficiency.
At Utilligence, we are dedicated to sustainability, not just in our expert consultancy services, but in the way we operate our own business. By improving energy efficiency, embracing renewable power, and reducing emissions, we can have a real-world positive environmental impact. Our commitment to leading by example helps us deliver on our mission of accelerating the global transition to clean energy.