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How Businesses are Becoming More Eco Friendly



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Most businesses aren’t committed to environmental goals out of the goodness of their hearts. Instead, there are number of good business reasons for becoming more eco friendly, including a reduction on costs, a better reputation and increased efficiency. But, how exactly are businesses doing it?

They’re complying with legislation

For big businesses, complying with environmental law is an absolute must. But, smaller businesses are also making a big effort to be more eco friendly, regardless of whether or not they’re obliged to toe the line with the rules and regulations designed for bigger organisations.

For instance, some businesses have signed themselves up to measure how much CO2 they’re emitting into the atmosphere before reporting back to the government in aid of helping the UK reach the targets set by the European Union to reduce energy consumption by 20% be 2020. They’re also acting in line with rules around noise pollution, waste disposal and ensuring that their businesses isn’t operating in a designated protected area.

They’re using less paper

Businesses are also using a small quantity of paper than they used to. Gone are the days of refilling the printer every afternoon (hopefully), with many documents being created, used and stored entirely online. Employee information, pieces of work, contracts and electronic payslips are emailed and stored in online storage spaces such as G drive and Dropbox, meaning that businesses are relying on fewer trees and using a lot less ink.

They’re investigating their supply chains

Shoppers are becoming more environmentally aware, and are putting more demands on businesses to act responsibly and ethically. So, businesses have been keeping up by investigating and modifying their supply chains to ensure that they can live up to the ‘green credentials’ they claim to have. This is also good news so far as stakeholders are concerned: interested parties are far more likely to invest in businesses that are able to demonstrate that they’re ethically and environmentally responsible.

They’re training their employees on sustainability

Another way that businesses are becoming more eco friendly is by training their employees on good practices and the importance of thinking about the environment in their day to day work. Many companies have a formal sustainability programme that they have to demonstrate compliance with, and part of this means ensuring that employees have undergone proper training on the ways that they can impact the environment. It could be as simple as making sure everyone switches off their computer at the end of the day or as big as organising a ‘cycle-to-work’ scheme with an office block running on sustainability sourced energy.

They’re conducting meetings using technology

Finally, rather than travelling across the country (or even across the world, in many cases) businesses are taking advantage of the technology they have at their disposal. For instance, FaceTime technology from Apple, Skype video calls and Google hangouts are enabling business to be conducted without having to hop in plane, car or train. This is great news for the planet and is enabling businesses to conduct a variety of operations in a more environmentally friendly way.




A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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