With the ongoing climate crisis threatening the destruction of life on earth as we know it, it has never been more important for both individuals and companies to do as much as possible to live and operate sustainably. Businesses have a vital responsibility to ensure not only that their provision of products and or services is carried out sustainably but also that they are encouraging and facilitating employees and customers to minimise their environmental impact.
As a sustainable business supplying, installing and maintaining commercial EV chargers and commercial power generation systems, we are well-versed in sustainable solutions to common business requirements. We are passionate about helping companies make steps towards becoming more environmentally friendly, regardless of their size or industry, which is why we’ve put together this article on how to become a more sustainable business.
How To Become A More Sustainable Business: Our Guide
From commercial EV charging stations to CHP solutions, the dedicated team at Ampergia have many years of experience in recommending and providing sustainable solutions to businesses and individuals alike. We are committed to ensuring that the needs and expectations of our clients are met and exceeded, all while helping them minimise their environmental impact. If you want your business to create positive changes toward mitigating the effects of climate change, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team, who are more than happy to advise you on the best services for your business, as well as answer any questions that you may have.
- What Is A Sustainable Business?
- How Are Companies Becoming More Sustainable?
- Companies That Have Become More Sustainable
Before we get into how to become a more sustainable business, we must first answer the question ‘what is a sustainable business?’. Simply put, a sustainable or ‘green’ business is a business that strives to minimise its detrimental effects on the environment and potentially even have a positive impact on it, be it on a local or global scale. The means through which the business achieves this may vary, but the results should fall under at least one of the following ways of protecting the environment:
- The conservation of ecosystems
- The conservation of biodiversity
- The conservation of human resources
- The sustainable development of society
- Population control and management
The sustainable business solutions offered at Ampergia directly address several of these concerns. Each of our solutions provides an alternative method of power or heat generation to traditional methods, which rely on limited fossil fuels and non-renewable human resources that produce greenhouse gases when converted into useable energy. This damages ecosystems and reduces biodiversity, meaning that these processes are not sustainable.
Our sustainable solutions, on the other hand, strive to help businesses minimise their carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions in the hopes of creating a better and brighter future. Please feel free to contact our team to find out more about how the services we provide can help your business become more sustainable.
Having covered what a sustainable business is, we will now run through some ways companies can achieve sustainability whilst meeting the demands of clients, staff needs, and environmental impact regulations.
Many businesses require a large amount of power to run day-to-day operations, which can quickly drive up greenhouse gas emissions when traditional power generation processes are used. This is why many companies are switching to more sustainable methods of commercial power generation. Not only do these power solutions enable businesses to take steps toward the Government’s net-zero target, they also provide the possibility for businesses to become self-reliant and more cost-effective.
At Ampergia, we offer three revolutionary commercial power generation solutions. Our experts will work with you to determine which of these solutions are most suited to your business, factoring in your requirements, budget and demand:
- Microgrid – generate, distribute and consume green energy with a tailor-made microgrid.
- PhotoVoltaic – utilise solar energy to power business operations with solar PV panels.
- Energy Storage – store excess generated energy to utilise during high tariff periods for a green and cost-effective power solution.
Whichever number and combination of solutions your business opts for, each one will be carefully designed, installed and maintained bespoke to your business. Our solutions are highly scalable, meaning that businesses can easily match their energy production with demand, making for high cost-efficiency.
Transportation is one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases, meaning that switching to electric cars is an excellent way to slash carbon emissions. Businesses can incentivise employees and clients alike to make the switch by providing commercial EV charging stations on their business premises, thereby reducing not only the environmental impacts of business operations but also the costs, since electric vehicles are cheaper to run than conventional ones.
When you choose to install commercial EV chargers on your business premises with Ampergia, our highly trained team of energy consultants and technicians will be able to guide and assist you in your journey to sustainability through the tailored provision and fitting of advanced and cost-effective EV charger units. Whether you decide on wall-mounted or freestanding units, you will have the ability to customise your chargers with your company logo, sending a clear message to all staff, clients, and visitors on your premises that sustainability is a priority within your business operations.
Our team understands the importance of health and safety and minimising disruption to business operations, which is why our installation process is designed to be straightforward and can be offered alongside a bespoke maintenance package to keep your chargers working as they should. If you are interested in our EV charger services, please do not hesitate to get in touch today.
Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular among businesses aiming to reduce carbon emissions while keeping running costs low. They work by extracting heat from the outdoors and pumping it into indoor spaces, or vice versa in the summer, to manage temperatures and provide a reliable hot water supply. This method of temperature control is highly energy-efficient, using less electricity than its traditional alternatives, making it perfect for businesses that are looking to become more sustainable.
At Ampergia, we offer the installation and maintenance of commercial heat pumps, which can be tailored to suit the needs and goals of your business. Whether you are operating from industrial warehouses, offices, or public sector buildings, our experienced team will be able to pair you with a make and model of heat pump that caters to your requirements. Beyond installation, we will be sure to provide you with reports of how much your heat pumps save you in operations costs each month and year, as well as by how much your carbon footprint is lowered.
CHP or Combined Heat and Power solutions offer businesses the opportunity to maximise their energy efficiency and sustainability. CHP systems generate electricity before capturing and utilising any heat energy produced as a side effect of this process. This heat energy can be used to control temperatures inside your premises or to maintain hot water supplies. When used in conjunction with a renewable energy generator, CHP enables businesses to become more self-sufficient and reduce their environmental impact, all while saving on energy bills and future-proofing fuel supplies.
Businesses provided with CHP solutions by Ampergia can expect to receive a service that is truly bespoke. Our energy consultants will work with you to create a tailor-made CHP solution that takes your current energy consumption and usage patterns into consideration. You will be provided with statistics of your predicted savings alongside the solution proposal, allowing you to witness its potential benefits before installation goes ahead. All of the products we install come with a multi-year warranty covering maintenance and repairs, and after this time, our team will be more than happy to arrange a bespoke maintenance package with you.
As the effects of climate change continue to threaten irreversible damage to ecosystems and human health, we are seeing some of the largest companies in the world make changes to their business operations processes, as well as their products and services in order to reduce their carbon footprints. Here are some notable companies that have become more sustainable:
The iconic footwear brand has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. As a company, Crocs already boasts a relatively low carbon footprint, which they will continue to reduce through the use of recycled and bio-based materials in their products, which will remain the same in terms of style, look and feel. This exciting step toward sustainability sets an excellent example for other companies who should strive to follow in the footsteps of Crocs.
By sourcing sustainable materials for products and utilising solar energy to power its stores, IKEA is a perfect example of a company that has become more sustainable. The popular Swedish furniture and home goods store chain has pledged to become climate positive by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, the brand intends to use 100% renewable energy across its supply chain, some of which will be generated on-site. Businesses can follow IKEA’s lead using commercial power generation solutions such as our Microgrid.
Popular coffeehouse chain Starbucks has set the intention to halve its carbon emissions, waste production and water usage by 2030. They aim to achieve these goals through changes such as increasing the number of plant-based and environmentally-friendly menu options it offers, as well as moving towards the use of packaging that is reusable rather than single-use. The company will also look into transforming its agricultural processes to conserve water and increase reforestation in order to increase its sustainability.
How To Become A More Sustainable Company
The critical state of the climate urgently requires attention and action, with businesses holding the most power to drastically reduce carbon emissions through changes to operations and incentives for employees and clients to make environmentally conscious choices. The good news is that the sustainable business solutions offered at Ampergia will enable you to simultaneously reduce the carbon footprint of your business while cutting costs, future-proofing your energy supply and becoming more self-reliant. If you would like to find out more about any of the solutions discussed in this article, please feel free to head over to our services page for businesses. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our team, who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.