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How can you move faster towards net zero, in a volatile energy market?

When energy prices are rising and markets display volatility, how do you move faster toward net zero? In our practical guide we help your business find the answers to a sustainability pathway.

Every organisation wants to balance demands of planet and profit. In a period of rising gas prices and market volatility, these two ambitions matter as much as ever.

The good news is that these ambitions are not just compatible with each other; they actively feed into each other. The right energy strategy can mean protecting yourself against price fluctuations, while cutting emissions too.

To pursue net zero amid volatile markets, we suggest finding the “sweet spots” – areas where you can start to reduce emissions, while becoming more competitive in the process.

Download our practical guide, Making it your business: How to pursue net zero, to find out how you can make it happen.

“It is easy to get carried away with ambitious projects, but don’t overlook what could be the low-hanging fruit… Everyone is thinking about solutions such as ground-source heat pumps and air-source heat pumps, but we didn't start out that way. We started by looking at leaking roofs and windows, and the building fabric, because it's a fairly easy and cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency.”
Mark Thomas Capital Projects Manager, Estates and Facilities, Wye Valley NHS Trust

What does net zero look like?

Our practical guide outlines some of the steps you should take as you continue on your sustainability journey.

It recognises that every organisation is unique – so the “sweet spots” will be different for everyone. But it provides pointers to help you chart your own flexible pathway to net zero.

The practical takeaways include:

 

Data
Use data wisely
Using sensors to map your carbon profile can help you to pinpoint emission hotspots in your organisation, the report shows – as part of an effective discovery and planning process.

The guide cites our research showing that 77% of organisations planned to embed ‘internet of things’ technologies into equipment by the end of 2025 – so if you’re considering this, you’re not alone.
Compass
Design individual solutions
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to sustainability, so you’ll need to find technical solutions – and financial ones – that match your goals and constraints.

The guide cites our research saying that 40% of organisations said they did not know which technologies to invest in – a barrier to emissions reduction. Working with a partner can support you here.
Target and check list
Test as you go
As part of a build and deployment phase, it’s vital to test deployments to make sure they’re working safely, reliably and in the way you intended. This can be part of a project management plan.

At the same time, don’t overlook monitoring tools, to help you measure the ongoing benefits of the technologies you deploy.
Globe
Iterate and optimise
Even when your deployment is operational, that’s not the end of the line. Keep looking for ways to improve and make gains.

The right partners can not only provide project management and maintenance options, but work with you to implement new technical solutions as they arise – as part of a continuous process of optimisation.
“We profile ourselves in relation to our competitors and we avoid a lot of CO2 emissions that the competitor does not. You still have the challenge of competing on price, but the CO2 emissions that you prevent actually make the difference.”
Marcel Rozing Sustainable Development Manager, Afvalzorg

Build your own flexible pathway

Decarbonisation or Carbon neutrality is an imperative. It requires cost and effort, but it can deliver commercial benefits too. It can also help you to leave a valuable legacy for the future.

We all know that there’s no handbook on how to get to net zero. Every organisations' journey will be different. And, in this period of unprecedented volatility, it’s not the only challenge you’ve got to tackle.

Learning from the successes of other organisations is a good place to start. Whether you’re at the very beginning of your journey, or you’ve made some progress but aren't sure where to go next – it’s wise to look at the experiences of other organisations to help inform your way forward.

How can you build your own pathway to resilience, competitiveness and sustainability? Our practical guide, Making it your Business: How to pursue net zero, shares the experiences of other global sustainability leaders, and outlines the steps you need to take.