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In 2019, the UK passed a law to bring all carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) to net zero by 2050. Since then, the Government has launched its Build Back Greener strategy. As a result, it shows the support that businesses and individuals receive in their transitions to renewable energy.
However, some companies are setting a trend to become net zero by the end of 2022. For a net zero classification, a company achieves a balance between the carbon it emits into the atmosphere and the carbon it removes. For instance, below are five companies of all sizes, in the UK and overseas that smash expectations striving to become net zero businesses.
1. Crystal Doors
Crystal Doors received the Manufacturer of the Year Award at the 2021 Business Green Leaders Awards, and it received the Small Business of the Year Award at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021. These awards were due to Crystal Doors’s dedication to being net zero by 2022.
The Rochdale-based vinyl doors manufacturer is ready to reach their ambitious target. For instance, it is investing in clean technology and better energy efficiency. The company already installed solar panels on its premises, for instance. It is also the first UK company to trial-use recycled bottles to manufacture vinyl doors.
So to be a completely carbon free company by 2022, Crystal Doors is looking at indirect emissions not related to the manufacturing or logistics processes including how their employees travel to work.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham recognized managing director Richard Hagan’s efforts. He said that other businesses should “follow Richard’s lead” to reach net zero.
Manufacturing fast fashion uses an enormous amount of water and energy, and many of the clothes end up in landfill after minimal wear. So things need to change. British luxury fashion house Burberry recognizes the need to make fashion truly sustainable.
Burberry has ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2022, and it plans to be carbon positive by 2040. Being carbon positive means the company will remove additional carbon emissions from the atmosphere.
Burberry will achieve its net zero goal by reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency, and focusing on renewable energy. The company is also investing in initiatives that restore and protect vulnerable ecosystems so they continue to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
3. Coffee and TV
Manufacturers are setting the trend of becoming net zero in 2022. In addition, companies that offer services are changing how they operate in bids to reduce their carbon emissions.
Coffee and TV is a London-based creative studio that has worked with Gucci, Rolls Royce and H&M. The studio is focusing on reaching its net zero target using green energy, thorough waste systems, green suppliers, and responsible travel.
The company has already reduced its carbon emissions by 77% in two years, and the studio is 100% fueled by green energy. Coffee and TV’s commitment to green energy goes beyond the office, and 77% of its employees work in homes powered by renewable energy.
Streaming giant Netflix aims to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero in 2022 with its “Net Zero + Nature” plan. The company is starting with the basics by changing the way it produces films and TV shows. It is a way of becoming a more sustainable business by using local film crews, electric vehicles, and LED lighting and reducing diesel generators on its sets.
On a broader level, Netflix is investing in nature by supporting conservation projects. These include protecting forests above-and-below water that helps to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere. It says on Netflix’s Sustainability page, “Netflix exists to entertain the world, and that requires a habitable world to entertain.”
Nestle has not always been known for its commitment to the environment. However, under its Nespresso brand, the company is making important changes to how it manufactures its coffee. Nespresso’s business operations have been carbon neutral since 2017, but in 2022, the brand goes one step further by removing carbon emissions from its supply chain and product lifecycle.
Nespresso is planting trees in areas where the company sources its coffee. Some of these areas already experienced extreme weather, and planting trees here helps farmers adapt to adverse weather conditions. It also reduces levels of carbon emissions in the atmosphere around coffee farms. Nespresso is investing in renewable energy. It is also utilizing sustainable packaging and reducing carbon emissions in the supply chain. Nespresso is even using used coffee beans as fuel!
Become a More Eco-Friendly Business
There are multiple benefits for companies to become more eco-friendly. These benefits include reduced energy costs and reduced carbon emissions. As these five brand companies show, as long as you have a clear goal, your business can become a sustainable business. This is attainable by making small, gradual, effective changes.
Sourcing a renewable energy supplier is an easy way to start your mission to become a green business. British Business Energy offers advice for businesses looking to be more eco-friendly. We can help your business make the switch to renewable energy.
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