Why Facilities Management is the Key to Achieving Net Zero
Achieving net zero is one of the top proprieties for many companies across the world. Facilities management has an important role to play in helping your company achieve it. We’ve been working with facilities managers for 40 years, and we’ve seen a lot of changes. From the introduction of technology, through to the flexible working brought on by the pandemic. Facilities management has played a key role in lots of big change within the workplace. And achieving net zero is no different.
Let’s start by looking a little deeper at the targets
Net Zero targets – what are they?
The net zero strategy, or Build Back Greener, sees the UK leading the world in ending our contribution to climate change. It sets out plans to reduce carbon-wrecking emissions, and to decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy. This creates a unique opportunity for facilities management to help businesses achieve their targets through the introduction of sustainable FM practices. Facilities Managers are considering the environmental, economic, and social impact of their operations. And with their help, businesses can reduce their carbon emissions, ultimately helping to combat climate change and the effects we are seeing more and more.
What are the benefits?
According to Kwasi Kwarteng, who at the time of giving the quote on the net zero strategy, was Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – “We will all enjoy cleaner air, increased biodiversity and improved access to green spaces. We will see greater efficiency in the way we reveal and heat our buildings, which will be better protected from more extreme weather events.”
However, that’s not all. The Net Zero strategy will also secure 440,000 well-paid jobs and unlock £90m in investment in 2030. And there’s more good news for businesses. Committing to reducing emissions sends a strong signal to stakeholders. It will help build further trust and confidence in the future of the business. It also helps reduce costs and can set you apart from your competitors.
4 things Facilities Managers can do to help you achieve Net Zero
Facilities management play a critical role in achieving net zero. Here are just 5 things that will help –
- Regular maintenance. If your workplace has machinery or equipment, it can be a significant source of emissions. However, regular maintenance by your facilities team can significantly reduce this risk
- Recycling. Does your business have a recycling program? If not, then it’s probably time for your FM team to implement one.
- Improving energy usage. We’ve seen some big shifts in the way offices look in the last 2 years. Some companies are moving to smaller facilities, therefore reducing their energy consumption. However, there’s lots more that your FM team can achieve then it comes to improving your energy efficiency. From energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems to using smart building technology, there’s always ways to reduce your energy usage. And who doesn’t need that in times when the cost of eery is increasing exponentially!
- Embracing renewable energy. Could you power your workspace with on-site renewable energy systems? Solar panels are the obvious choice for many. But there are other options too. Ground source heat pumps and even wind turbines are a great way of creating your own energy.
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