There is no Planet B: join Enviroblinds in our pledge to halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
As a company whose mission is to reduce overheating and energy in buildings, it’s our job to understand the benefit to the planet of passive shading versus active cooling systems.
The fact that our solar shading systems, such as our external roller blinds and shutters, are a low carbon solution is critical, but it’s only credible if the rest of our business delivers against the same philosophy. We are responsible for both the carbon emissions that we generate from the external shading products we supply and for the business that we run.
With every project we try to provide the optimal solar shading solution with the smallest possible carbon footprint by sourcing quality products with components that can easily be replaced to extend longevity.
From our frontline position, we see first-hand the correlation between higher temperatures from climate change and the problems caused by excessive solar gain in buildings.
I like to think that with our solar shading systems, we are fighting climate change one building at a time, by reducing energy consumption, but the truth is, we’re just mitigating its effects. We’re conscientious in our endeavours to ensure our devices are low-carbon, but we need to do more and be part of the solution to the climate emergency. That is why Enviroblinds is signing up to the SME Climate Commitment with the aim of halving our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and achieving net zero emissions before 2050.
It’s a big ambition, but the UN report on 1.5°C (IPCC, 2018)* concludes that we need to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C to avoid high risk of catastrophic consequences for people and our living environment. To achieve this, the world needs to take the peak emissions of 2020 and halve them every decade until 2050. This simple rule of thumb is called the Carbon Law and it can be applied to everyone: companies, cities, nations and citizens, but for it to work, everyone needs to do their bit.
So, having signed up to the scheme, Enviroblinds pledges to disclose our progress publicly each year. Our first step is to establish our current emissions which is underway.
The roadmap details four pillars upon which a company can build its climate strategy and start taking action. It’s simple to adopt and we’ve already made a start: with immediate effect we are unsubscribing to all printed press including professional journals and bank statements.
We’re only at the start of our journey, but to inspire you, here are a few things Enviroblinds has already implemented and what’s next on our action list.
PILLAR 1: REDUCE YOUR OWN EMISSIONS
- Unsubscribing to all printed press including professional journals and bank statements
- Encouraging staff and visitors to come to the office by public transport. Our office is conveniently located close to Brighton station for this purpose
- Reducing our travel and where practical holding meetings via Teams
- Switching our office energy to a green supplier who offers energy from renewable sources
PILLAR 2: REDUCE YOUR VALUE CHAIN EMISSIONS
- Buying local where possible
- Consolidating deliveries to save on transport
- Enhancing the longevity of our solar shading systems by ensuring we only source products with readily available replacement components
- Offering a waste collection service to installation sites that will recycle up to 96% of the waste and a guaranteed minimum of 92% (exact % depends on the materials)
PILLAR 3 – Integrate Climate in Business Strategy
- Integrating climate into our brand proposition, vision and mission statements
- Posting our new Mission Statement on our website, publicly declaring our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions
PILLAR 4: Influence climate action in Society
- We are members of clean growth: Clean Growth UK – Clean Growth UK (clean-growth.uk)
- Committed to using our platform to communicate our own climate action steps to our audience in the hope that we can inspire others to join us. This post is a first step in this bid
Next on our agenda, we will be working with our suppliers to explore areas where we can further reduce our carbon footprint, whether through new product development, packaging or transport. Check back with us in a month or two to find out how we are getting on.
Climate change is already harming societies and the global economy. If global average surface temperature continues to rise it will impact the stability of the Earth’s life support system. We can reduce this risk by working together to stabilise temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures.
Enviroblinds has committed to doing everything it can to help and were excited to have made a start on our journey to halve our carbon footprint by 2030. We’ll be posting more news about the further measures we are taking in the weeks to come. Why not have a think about what you can do to reduce your own carbon emissions?
*IPCC. Summary for Policymakers. In Global Warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Geneva, Switzerland: World Meteorological Organization, IPCC (2018). https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/