Why your business should set environmental actions and targets
Setting action plans helps businesses to:
- plan ahead
- identify roles and responsibilities
- set timescales
- reflect on achievements
Members and leaders of the eco active business network have signed up to improve the environmental performance of their businesses.
We believe in step by step improvement, so we ask you to set and deliver at least two actions per year.
Eco active case study: Monitoring use and staff culture
Before you can set reduction targets you need to understand your current use. Our eco active monitoring use case study shows how a local hotel monitors their usage. It also shows how they use that knowledge to influence behaviour change in their staff to bring about reduction .
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Identifying your environmental actions or targets
One of your actions or targets must focus on energy (or carbon emissions).
The other can be from another environmental area, eg:
- community involvement
Environmental actions should be integrated within your business plan. This will make sure:
- everyone is aware of what you are doing
- it becomes normal behaviour
- it isn't seen as an added extra
Examples of actions
An action can be anything that leads to an environmental improvement in your business.
Actions can be:
- an instant fix
- long-term fix
- staff training
- capital projects
- events or corporate social responsibility projects
Reducing the risk of negative environmental impacts
Some business activities can have a negative impact on the environment.
You need to understand which of your activities are high risk.
You can manage risks better by adding environment impacts to your risk assessments.
It is important that your staff know what the risks are and what they need to do to meet your requirements.
Ideas for energy actions and targets
Jersey is working towards an 80% reduction in energy use by 2050.
To reduce your energy use, the first thing to do is understand when and how you use energy.
If you don't know, you can look at your bills or contact the utility company for historic information.
- review your bill data to understand your annual spend on electricity, oil and gas
- complete a walk around energy saving survey
- tell your staff about the findings from your walk around survey
- develop an energy improvement action plan
- attend an eco active energy training session
- take part in the eco active energy saving campaigns
- run an internal competition to see who can reduce their energy use the most
- improve the efficiency of your equipment (this could be by updating lighting, heating, air conditioning or any other machinery)
- improve your insulation and draught proofing
- including energy saving measures as part of any refurbishments (it's more cost effective than retro-fitting)
- review your office lighting
- introduce energy saving criteria for things you buy
- introduce clear policies around basic good practice (eg default to double sided printing and turn off PCs overnight)
- upgrade shower heads and taps to low flow or aerated systems (this saves water and it saves the energy needed to heat it)
- set yourself targets
Eco active case study: LED lighting
Lighting typically accounts for 15% of an office's energy use. Our eco active LED lighting case study demonstrates the energy savings that a local company has achieved by installing LED lighting into their office.
Eco active case study for LED lighting
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Eco active case study: Energy - insulation and boilers
A range of refurbishments have been made to a residential care home. These have increased energy efficiency and comfort for the residents. The improvements made would be relevant to many other commercial buildings as well as private homes.
Eco active case study for insulation and boilers
Ideas for transport and travel actions and targets
Develop a work place travel plan
Before you can take any action to change the way your staff and clients travel, you need to understand what happens at the moment.
The most effective way to do this is through creating a workplace travel plan.
Once your plan is written, it needs to be reviewed each year to reflect the changes in your business.
You can make small changes (or big ones) that will make it easier for people to change the way they travel.
- making walking and cycling maps available
- installing showers
- having lockers so staff can get changed
- keeping a bike toolkit and repair kit
- offering cycling training
- having secure bike parking (ideally under cover)
- offering staff reduced cost bus tickets
- having designated parking spaces for electric cars (with charging facilities)
- setting up a car-share scheme
- signing up your business to active travel challenges
Encourage active travel
Active travel means you are using your own energy to transport yourself rather than relying on motorised or carbon-dependant means.
There are lots of benefits for active travel, including:
- reduced costs
- improved fitness
- becoming more environmentally friendly
Cycling and walking
Travelling for businesses
There are changes you can make to help your business reduce the costs of travel. If you have a fleet, we can help you reduce your environmental impact.
You could also attend an eco active training session to find out what you can do and hear from other businesses who have rethought their travel.
- develop teleconference facilities
- plan routes
- combine journeys
- use lower engine size vehicles
- use electric or hybrid vehicles
- have pool bikes
- make sure your vehicles have proper maintenance
- provide driver training
- incorporate travel policies into wider company policies
Ideas for waste and recycling targets
Carry out a waste audit
Before you can take any action to reduce your waste or change how you dispose of it you need to understand what happens at the moment.
The most effective way to do this is by carrying out a waste audit.
Once you have carried out your waste audit you can then identify the changes that you cane make. Waste audits should be carried out regularly to reflect the changes in your business. Once you have done this you can then look at how to reduce your waste, reuse it or recycle it.
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