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Maximum Efficiencies

Many charities have made the commitment to become net zero commitment alongside and in support of government’s Climate Change Act 2008 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/27/contents

 

If you haven’t already pledged to become net zero then it’s a crucial stepping stone towards becoming an eco-friendly charity.

 

A word on off-setting carbon emission pledges. This is not seen as a robust solution as damaging emissions still exist with this approach.

 

Pledge net-zero and do so as quickly and drastically as possible.

 

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) uses a model focusing on power, transport and buildings (currently accounting for 84% of carbon emissions) https://www.wwf.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/reducing-carbon-emissions-uk  so it makes sense that other charities start by looking at these top 3 areas towards carbon zero ambitions.

 

Alongside a comprehensive policy – here’s one I made earlier which you can download for free, review and tailor to your charity (coming soon)

Power

Who provides your power, your gas and electricity? Unless you are independently solar, wave, wind or otherwise powered then switch to an energy supplier who is using 100% renewable or green energy.

Around 14% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from homes, mostly from gas boilers.

 

All the leading market comparison sites offer quotes based on green and renewable energy packages. Make the switch to green and you may even save money! The UK Government announced in 2019 that gas (and other fossil fuels) will be phased out so suppliers are starting to gear up with training and alternative products including electric.

 

In December 2020 the first round of the ORGEM Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund opened with £1M for charities to make change.

https://www.rsnonline.org.uk/1-million-made-available-for-charities-by-new-ofgem-carbon-emissions-reduction-fund

Transport

Reduce use of transport, travel and logistics

Encourage and incentivise:

home working  digital office space including Gather Town https://gather.town/  Digital meetings including Zoom https://zoom.us/ and Teams https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software  Online service delivery (where appropriate)   source and buy local products to reduce delivery costs and impacts

 

Provide:

encourage car sharing

electric car parking and charging bays

secure cycle parks

invest in or lease electric business or pool cars

implement expenses incentives for using electric cars, car sharing, public transport, cycling and walking

Buildings

Energy efficiency

How much do you use now?  How do you reduce it?  Record reduction!

 

quick win - turn down the thermostat by 1 degree and save circa 10% costs  switch appliances off standby  computers and phones to be charged to max and then unplugged  computers to be shut down when not being used for a long period of time  fill kettle / urn only with amount of water needed  reduce dishwasher use – make sure its full or use a half load setting  turn off lights  low energy lighting / solar  install timers so power is used when needed  replace boiler with newer and more efficient model  power saving products  purchase top energy rated products  double glazing  draught proofing doors, windows, skirting boards and chimneys  open windows / doors opposed to using fans where safe and possible  use thermostatic valves on radiators  install insulation...

 

So far, I can’t find any free business energy efficiency products but you can make a start with using the free home audit products and transferring most aspects to your charity sites

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/energy-at-home/energy-tools-and-calculators/

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/information-consumers/energy-advice-households/find-schemes-grants-and-benefits-help-home-energy

https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/

Efficient use of Water

How much do you use now?  How do you reduce it?  Record reduction!

 

low-flow taps  dual flush toilet system  reduce toilet flush flow by using a water displacement device  reduce frequency of automatic toilet flush system timers  fix dripping taps & leaks  erect save water signs in kitchen and toilet areas  fill kettle / urn only with amount of water needed  reduce dishwasher use – make sure its full or use a half load setting  implement water butts for internal and external garden and plant watering

 

Here’s some more info on water efficiency

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-conserve-water

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/sustainable-living/13-best-ways-save-water

 

There’s lots of other strategies towards sustainability…

 

 

Jane Deamer ILM BA Hons Dip YCD

E: jane@jdconsultancy.solutions

M: 07495 539611

www.jdconsultancy.solutions

home working  digital office space including Gather Town https://gather.town/  Digital meetings including Zoom https://zoom.us/ and Teams https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software  Online service delivery (where appropriate)   source and buy local products to reduce delivery costs and impacts

How much do you use now?  How do you reduce it?  Record reduction!

quick win - turn down the thermostat by 1 degree and save circa 10% costs  switch appliances off standby  computers and phones to be charged to max and then unplugged  computers to be shut down when not being used for a long period of time  fill kettle / urn only with amount of water needed  reduce dishwasher use – make sure its full or use a half load setting  turn off lights  low energy lighting / solar  install timers so power is used when needed  replace boiler with newer and more efficient model  power saving products  purchase top energy rated products  double glazing  draught proofing doors, windows, skirting boards and chimneys  open windows / doors opposed to using fans where safe and possible  use thermostatic valves on radiators  install insulation...

How much do you use now?  How do you reduce it?  Record reduction!

low-flow taps  dual flush toilet system  reduce toilet flush flow by using a water displacement device  reduce frequency of automatic toilet flush system timers  fix dripping taps & leaks  erect save water signs in kitchen and toilet areas  fill kettle / urn only with amount of water needed  reduce dishwasher use – make sure its full or use a half load setting  implement water butts for internal and external garden and plant watering

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