As covered within our previous article What’s Your WFH Environmental Impact? all large organisations were mandated to undertake full audits on their energy usage through the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). These included audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. Under this scheme, qualifying organisations must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years, of which many are now entering phase 3. Whilst ESOS is not yet a legal requirement for small and medium sized organisations, many have implemented their own measures to achieve similar goals.
With the shift to significantly increased numbers of employees WFH on a fulltime or hybrid basis, it is automatically assumed that the decrease in commuter transportation and corresponding reduction in harmful emissions from vehicles and buildings, will have a positive impact on the environment. However, the ability for all sized organisations to continue to audit, monitor and manage the carbon footprint of its employees in the ‘new normal’ working environment is going to be a challenge. It is, nonetheless, a challenge that can be met with new technology, new processes and an engaged work force.
Prime examples of this include one of Britain's biggest money managers Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA), who after finding that home working now generates 55% of the company's emissions, has asked staff to monitor their carbon footprint while working from home as part of a new green energy drive. They are giving employees access to an app that can measure and reduce their carbon footprint.
More details on SLA’s approach to helping employees reduce CO2 emissions and thus their carbon footprint can be found here, along with example information on how this can be achieved.
Source: The Telegraph
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