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How to make some good (Friday) savings

I doubt office energy consumption is top of your priority list as we enter the bank holiday season; but by hatching a simple plan, it is easy to find some cost savings, crack into your carbon emissions and give your eggs-austed equipment a bit of respite.

It is worth remembering that as you step out the office for a well-earned rest, your empty workplace could potentially use just as much energy as when it’s fully occupied. However, by following the guide below, and making a few simple checks and adjustments, it’s easy to make sure that your energy bill doesn’t come back to haunt you:

  1. Activate BMS holiday mode to hold off central plant, and adjust set points and time schedules. If needs be, contact your BMS contractor as they will be able to help with implementing these settings and configuring them correctly.
  2. Whilst employing holiday mode, take a moment to review the standard time clock settings to ensure that they align with the current occupancy schedule. Verifying that the system has automatically transitioned to daylight savings time will also ensure optimal performance.
  3. Analyse half-hourly consumption data to gain valuable insight into your building’s daily load profile. Spikes in the early hours of the morning, late at night or during the weekend may indicate needless operation of equipment.
  4. Optimisers ensure that the required conditions are met for the start of occupancy, so you should set them for when the working day begins, not before.
  5. A quick hunt around to turn off or unplug equipment is a fantastic way to cut load over the holidays. This includes monitors, printers, photocopiers, kitchen appliances, space heaters, AC units… etc. For example, here at Carbon Credentials we were able to cut our baseload by 63%, equivalent to 817kg in carbon emissions, using this simple walk-through. It’s simpler to do this if the whole office is engaged, so circulate emails, display graphics and give the team a run through of what they can do.

Following this process isn’t time-consuming or arduous, and it will be sure to leave you safe in the knowledge that your building is operating efficiently and effectively over the coming bank holidays!

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know about more about boosting energy savings in your building info@carboncredentials.com

Science Based Targets initiative updates criteria in line with IPCC Special Report on 1.5 degrees

The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) have just announced a change to the official SBTi target validation criteria and new resources for setting science-based targets, following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming.

Only 5 companies in the world have verified targets inline with 1.5C and we helped 2 of them. We helped both Tesco and Pukka Herbs to set and achieve sign off for their 1.5C targets. Both companies are seeing incredible impact from the initiative in understanding how to maintain sustainable growth in the long-term.

As the first official UK CDP science-based targets partner we fully understand the risks and opportunities that accompany the journey to setting and achieving science-based targets.

In a statement sent out by the SBTi they announce that new targets submitted for validation from October 2019 will only be accepted if they are consistent with limiting warming to well below 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Read the full press release here

“The IPCC’s Special Report has a clear warning: holding off the worst impacts of climate change will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” It will mean the complete decarbonization of the global economy.

Since 2015, the Science Based Targets initiative has helped companies align their business strategies with the latest climate science and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. Building on this latest body of scientific knowledge, we will introduce new technical resources that enable companies to set emission reduction targets in line with the global emission trajectories to keep warming at 1.5°C and well-below 2°C, as set out by the IPCC.

These new resources will be available in April 2019, along with Version 4.0 of the SBTi criteria.

Under the new criteria, which will come into force in October 2019:

  • New targets submitted for validation will only be accepted if they are consistent with limiting warming to well below 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Targets consistent with limiting warming to 2°C will no longer be approved. The definition of well below 2°C and 1.5°C will be informed by the IPCC Special Reportand underlying scenarios.
  • The level of ambition of all existing and new targets will be published on the SBTi website, and classified under one of three categories: 1.5°C, well-below 2°C and 2°C. Companies with approved targets will be notified of their current target ambition level via email in April 2019.
  • To ensure targets remain aligned with the most recent climate science companies will be required to review, and if necessary revalidate, their targets every five years from the date of the original target approval. This will become mandatory in 2025.”

This will directly implicate how companies submit their targets and will hopefully be a wake up call to many to just how much commitment is required to keep our world from exceeding 2.C. COP24 and Davos19 were great showcases of how working together is the key to tackling climate change. Here at Carbon Credentials our team of experts are well equipped to support your company on it’s science-based targets journey.

“We are delighted to have Carbon Credentials on board as our first Science-based targets partner in the UK. With experience helping a number of large and complex organizations across a variety of sectors to set science-based targets, we are confident that their expertise will be of great benefit to companies looking to set science-based targets.”
Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director of Science-based targets at CDP.

Read our insights into the IPCC report here.
We’ve also distilled some of the key differences between a 1.5C versus 2C world below.

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with a member of our team regarding the new criteria and what this means for your business committing to a science-based target then please email info@carboncredentials.com