Moving towards renewable energy
The generation of electricity from fossil fuels is a leading contributor to climate change. The UK Government has set ambitious goals to limit its reliance on fossil fuels and move towards using more renewable electricity. As our electricity contracts come up for renewal, we aim to have all our future electricity contracts from renewable sources by the end of 2023.
Renewable gas is scarce and much more expensive than brown / traditional gas. Accordingly, we are investigating how to move away from gas over time, replacing these systems with electrical systems powered by renewable sources.
We are not relying solely on energy sources to reduce our CO2 emissions. We are also investing heavily in capital expenditure (CapEx) programmes to reduce the volume of energy we use. For example, we are reviewing the lighting across all our offices and will replace non-LED lighting with energy efficient alternatives.
We have also appointed Green Champions across our business to ensure that best practices are shared with all our staff, empowering them to help us reduce energy use.
As diesel and petrol emissions are large emitters of CO2 emissions, we will complete a study into how we can convert our fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) where possible. We already have some EVs and hybrid vehicles, which we will increase as leases on our existing fleet expire. We have started installing EV charging points across our office locations and we encourage our staff to embrace EV and hybrid vehicles.