Few of us know that while we think our machines are sleeping, they are actually leeching 25% of the power that they consume from us. We also don’t often think about the fact that more than half the trees chopped down in the world are used for paper.
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If you’ve not heard of 10:10, the campaign to cut carbon emissions by 10% in 2010, then listen up. The campaign is open to anybody, from organisations to individuals, businesses to charities, who want to make a commitment to reduce their carbon footprints and help in the fight against runaway climate change and aims to unite everybody in a communal effort to cut carbon.
Further to a trial in 8 of their buildings, the Environment Agency will install Voltage Power Optimisation technology in a further 33 of its buildings in a bid to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions. The trial resulted in a saving of between 10%-18% of the buildings’ electricity consumption, which is the equivalent of 281 tonnes of carbon.
The NHS has the biggest carbon footprint of the whole UK public sector, emitting over 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year. In an effort to help reduce costs, save lives and help reduce the carbon emissions of the organisation, a handbook providing guidance to key decision-makers in the NHS has been issued along with a letter from the President of UK Faculty of Public Health, Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, the Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, David Pencheon, the Chief Executive of the NHS, David Nicholson, and the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, Steve Barnett.
With the current economic climate putting restraints on the amount of money people have available to spend on a holiday, staycationing is becoming a popular solution to the family holiday on the cheap. Holidaying in the UK doesn’t only save cash. It can also help you reduce your carbon footprint and save the planet one holiday at a time.
A new 195-house eco village has been given the go ahead at a former hospital site near Bristol. The eco houses will be part of the Hanham Hall development being led by building contractors Barrett Developments PLC, where the Grade II listed hospital building will be revamped into a community centre.
Supermarket giant Tesco has unveiled plans for a new carbon neutral store which they will build in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.
When aiming to reduce your carbon footprint, there are many aspects of life where changes can be made to start making a difference, especially where our workplace routines are concerned. One simple area highlighted in part 1 of our guide to a greener workplace is with regard to paper-saving measures that can be put in place; most of which are simple steps to creating a greener office that also have both time and money saving advantages on their side as well as their obvious environmental impact reducing benefits.
Everybody knows the importance of saving energy at home, but when you consider the average amount of time spent at work is 37 hours a week, it becomes easy to see the huge amount of capacity for energy saving and being greener in the workplace.
A new report undertaken by spam expert, Richi Jennings, ICF International, a global firm that provides consultancy and technological solutions to issues such as climate change and environmental problems among others, has been commissioned by Internet Security Firm McAfee to investigate the carbon footprint of spam emails.
In July 2007, chocolate firm Cadbury launched their ‘Purple goes Green’ campaign to review their processes and reduce the carbon footprint of their products. Although Cadbury has had an environmental policy in place for the last 15 years, the ‘Purple goes Green’ initiative is aimed at addressing climate change and reducing Cadbury’s environmental impact.
The initiative has so far seen Cadbury save 117 tonnes of cardboard in the transportation process and 202 tonnes of plastic. They have made a commitment that by 2010, 100% of the packaging used in their products will be recyclable or biodegradable.
Their latest action is to undertake a pilot scheme with some of their milk suppliers to provide guidance and advice to help farmers reduce the amount of methane produced by their cows. Cows contribute a significant amount to the UK’s carbon emissions each year, and because the milk used in Cadbury’s chocolate is responsible for just over 60% of its carbon footprint, Cadbury wants their suppliers to make improvements to farm management techniques, including providing nutritious diets to help reduce cows’ emissions.
To find out more about Cadbury’s green commitments, visit their dedicated ‘Purple goes Green’ website.