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Last year saw the IPCC report and UN Climate Change Conference warn of the dangers of increasing temperatures exceeding 1.5°C. Rising sea levels and damage to ecosystems and coral reefs are just the tip of the melting iceberg.
There is a 97% consensus of scientists who agree that human-induced climate change is happening .
“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon” - Sir David Attenborough, COP24 Climate Conference, Katowice, December 4th 2018) .
As an individual, you can make a big difference with small changes in your lifestyle.
Here are our top 5 tips to live more sustainably and improve your Carbon Karma.
1. Reduce Travel
Travelling, in particularly flying, is one of the most carbon-intensive activities you can indulge in. Flying currently contributes to 2.5% of total carbon emissions, set to rise to 22% by 2050 !
To drastically reduce your carbon footprint, could you travel less, or cleaner? Could a weekend trip to Europe be replaced with a UK break, or could you get the train instead? If flying is necessary, perhaps offset your emissions as a form of compensation? .
When you do need to travel, consider low-carbon forms, such as taking public transport, driving an electric vehicle, cycling or walking.
We try to do our bit. In a recent poll, 90% of Bryt Energy employees walked, cycled or took public transport to work. Some of those who do have to drive use hybrid vehicles to help reduce their carbon emissions.
We also hold as many meetings as possible via video conferences, to reduce our travel and carbon emissions.
2. Reduce Waste
Everything we buy has a carbon footprint, from the transportation needed to get it to you, to the production and materials it’s made from. You can lower your carbon footprint by reducing what you initially consume and avoiding single-use items, which don’t biodegrade and can be toxic to wildlife. You can then compost and recycle to minimise the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
Other easy ways to reduce waste include switching to shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes, fabric bags and travel mugs.
What Bryt say
Our recycling and compost bins are always in use in the Bryt Energy office, avoiding any unnecessary waste from going to landfill.
Each Bryt Energy employee owns a reusable and compostable travel mug, made from sustainable bamboo, to reduce our reliance on single-use products. Also, our kitchen only has reusable cutlery to lower our single-plastic use even more.
Rather than using single-use pods, we switched our coffee machine to one that uses beans and grinds them to a powder that’s ready for our mugs. This reduces our packaging and plastic waste dramatically. Could you make this switch in your home and in the office?
3. Get green fingered
Dig out the gardening gloves and get planting! Trees are a great form of carbon capture, with a single tree consuming 48 pounds of CO2 per year . If you don’t have much space, a variety of small plants can also help clean the air – even a desk plant can make a difference.
Some of our own staff have green fingers, composting and growing their own food to lower their associated carbon miles.
4. Get Educated
From reading environmental articles and keeping up-to-date with the news to looking out for updates that we post, being environmentally aware can help you make more informed choices.
Here at Bryt Energy, we held a Carbon Footprint workshop as we are constantly looking at the best ways of reducing our carbon footprint as individuals.
Leading the workshop, Director of Future We Want, Dr Emma Fieldhouse said: “Bryt Energy staff were super engaged with the workshops and they proved experts on the carbon footprint of different renewable technologies. Many staff made pledges to reduce their carbon footprints and all the teams embraced the learning with enthusiasm! An excellent group of people to work with - I look forward to seeing them continue to grow the ethical whilst lowering the carbon impacts of their work.”
5. Don't stop at home - switch to renewables at work
Living sustainably doesn’t stop at home. Some of the largest footprints are hiding in how you power and heat your home and office buildings – around 75% of an industrial unit’s heat is lost through the poor insulation of building fabric !
Double check the level of insulation you have and consider adding extra to reduce your footprint.
You could also suggest that your work switches to a renewable energy supply to avoid harmful and costly fossil fuels.
A low carbon, renewable energy supply could also enhance your company’s reputation, as they can prove their sustainability when reporting on their Green House Gas (Scope 2) Emissions and Sustainable Development Goals.
Bryt Zero Carbon Heroes
Our Bryt Energy office is fitted with smart, motion sensor lights to reduce our electricity consumption. The less you waste, the less you pay!
At Bryt Energy, we supply zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity to UK businesses. Our portfolio is solely made up of Wind, Hydropower and Solar, helping you to lower your carbon emissions and live more sustainably, even at work.
There it is, 5 ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably to help limit climate change. To learn more on what your business can do to help the environment, read https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/knowledge-hub/ipcc-report-what-does-it-mean-for-your-business-and-how-can-you-make-a-difference/