The Big Sustainability Expo Road Map towards Net-Zero Carbon

Our role at The Southern Sustainability Partnership is to inspire, cajole, educate, facilitate and match make a road map towards the net-zero carbon of our organisations. Our work, at it’s core, is all about effective corporate sustainability and we have master-minded this document using all the expertise at our disposal to ensure a vital tool for you as a professional and for your organisation.

We know you will find it highly informative and, most of all, that you will find yourself inspired, cajoled and educated towards a better future for you, your company, your community and our planet.

Here we introduce you to the finest organisations and minds who will share information on the many different topics you require for a successful net zero journey.

The Southern Sustainability Partnership Limited
Organisers of The Big Sustainability Expo (Southampton)

SUPPORT to DEVELOP your own Net-Zero Carbon Strategy

We understand the challenges being experienced by Organisations to create an ambitious yet practical Net Zero Carbon Strategy
Our team of experienced practitioners can help you to develop and manage a high-quality Net Zero Carbon Strategy and Delivery Plan and ensure rapid progress towards your Net Zero Carbon Target.

Net Zero Carbon Strategy
A Net Zero Carbon strategy requires organisations to be aware of their operations and the level of greenhouse gas emissions
produced. This information empowers organisations to monitor their performance, review emissions levels and develop
approaches that will lower emissions levels while providing environmental, operational, and financial benefits.
How can we help?

GEP Environmental are leading providers of Net Zero Carbon Consultancy to clients across the United Kingdom. We work with
Private and Public Sector organisations to implement energy efficient and cost-effective measures to improve environmental
performance. Our support covers the following areas required to develop a Net Zero Carbon Route Map, from understanding
the current organisational situation through to the development of bespoke actions for implementation.

Carbon Footprint (Emissions Baseline)
The first step in setting a Net Zero Carbon strategy is to calculate the Emissions Baseline against which the Net Zero Carbon
target will be achieved. This will typically include Scope 1 emissions (gas, fuels), Scope 2 emissions (electricity, heat/steam) and
Scope 3 emissions (waste, water, transmission & distribution). We can work with you to identify, collect, and independently
verify emission source data and provide a tailored GHG Emissions Baseline Tool which calculates your emissions baseline. Our
carbon analysis will enable you to develop immediate short-medium term carbon reduction programmes to rapidly start
working towards achieving Net Zero Carbon.

Net Zero Carbon Emissions Reduction Trajectory
This is a technical exercise to calculate the carbon emissions reduction trajectory from the emissions baseline year to the Net
Zero Carbon target year. We can provide a GHG Emissions Trajectory Toolkit that models the emissions reduction trajectory
aligned with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) following the ‘well below 2 o C scenario’. The GHG Emissions Trajectory
Toolkit is a dynamic modelling tool that automatically adjusts the emissions reduction trajectory to changes in your actual
annual GHG Emissions.

Net Zero Carbon Route Map
Strategic and operational objectives are required to plan a prioritized Route Map for rapid decarbonisation in order to achieve
Net Zero Carbon. A good Route Map needs short-medium term carbon reduction programmes (e.g. energy efficiency
measures, planned maintenance, plant replacement, metering & monitoring) and longer-term carbon reduction programmes
(e.g. capital works, new build / refurb standards). We can help you to compile a Net Zero Carbon Route Map that is tailored to
your carbon profile and prioritized by carbon savings potential, capital cost and additional social value.

Building Energy Efficiency Audit Programme
We can benchmark your buildings and conduct Building Energy Efficiency Audits to identify practical energy/carbon saving
measures which will deliver energy, carbon and cost savings. These energy/carbon saving measures focus on energy efficiency
measures (e.g. lighting upgrade, building controls, insulation improvements, boiler efficiency etc) but also focus on low carbon
energy generation and other low/zero carbon technology (e.g. Solar PV, air/ground source heat pumps etc). These measures
would form a core part of your Net Zero Carbon Route Map.

Contact GEP Environmental
Peter Schofield
07920 194998
peters@gepenv.co.uk
www.gepenv.co.uk

LOGISTICS Case Study

The Big Sustainability Expo Road Map towards Net-Zero Carbon

Sustainable Distribution Centre – SDC Southampton

What is the SDC?
The Sustainable Distribution Centre is an innovative logistics solution which consolidates deliveries for businesses and organisations across Southampton, whilst reducing congestion and pollution in the city.

The scheme, which we have operated since 2012 in conjunction with Southampton City Council, allows companies and public sector organisations in the area to consolidate their deliveries into the Sustainable Distribution Centre (SDC) warehouse, owned and operated by Meachers Global Logistics, and lower the number of deliveries made back into their business.
It helps reduce heavy vehicle traffic movements in Southampton’s congested city centre and lower pollution levels in the city for residents and visitors.

How does the SDC work?
Operating from a 20,000 square foot site based on the Nursling Industrial Estate in Southampton, the Sustainable Distribution Centre allows deliveries to be made into the warehouse, avoiding the city centre and reducing congestion. Deliveries are then consolidated and delivered to city centre customers in fewer deliveries and at off-peak times of the day.

The consolidation of deliveries involves receipting, storing or grouping goods with other loads destined for the same location, then delivering consignments together to reduce the number of delivery vehicles travelling into those areas.
Meachers’ credentials in successfully delivering consolidation services for both the public and private sectors are proven by its provision of similar services for Carnival UK and the Solent Alliance.

How consolidation of your deliveries through the Sustainable Distribution Centre can benefit your organisation
An ideal solution for large retailers, office buildings, restaurants or any company receiving regular deliveries in the city; the Sustainable Distribution Centre offers great efficiency savings to businesses with significant supply chains and a requirement for low volume frequent delivery items.

The Sustainable Distribution Centre is also hugely beneficial to the public sector; hospitals, health services, other public sector bodies and universities can all make efficiency savings through delivery consolidation.
Existing public sector users of the service include: University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, New Forest District Council, Southampton General Hospital and Southampton City Council.

Consolidation of your deliveries by using the Sustainable Distribution Centre means:

-Fewer deliveries into your business
-Scheduled and convenient delivery times
-Fewer delays through convenient times of travel
-Opportunity for night-time delivery
-Storage solutions enabling bulk ordering
-Opportunity for savings through joint procurement
-Increased control of products on-site
-Less administration and resources
-Less congestion and safer roads
-Economic efficiencies
-Collection of returns and transfers and waste management
-Improving your organisation’s green credentials
-Contributing to a greener, safer city

How does the SDC contribute to the Green City Charter?
As a port city and logistics hub, Southampton has increasing levels of congestion and heavy goods vehicles in the city. The reduction of vehicle movements through consolidation will help reduce air pollution and congestion on our roads at peak times.

The Sustainable Distribution Centre is designed to directly address these issues for the benefit of businesses and residents, ensuring that we are all minimising our impact on the local environment whilst continuing to support the city’s economic growth and prosperity.

The initiative contributes to the Green City Charter for Southampton: to create a cleaner, green, healthier and more sustainable city, and to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Users of the Sustainable Distribution Centre are contributing to a lower-carbon economy for Southampton. Reducing the number of heavy goods vehicles going into the city centre, lowering CO2 emissions, congestion and noise pollution and improving safety on our roads.

The Sustainable Distribution Centre is forecast to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles travelling into Southampton City Centre by up to 75%, (potentially 6,900 vehicle movements per annum – excludes heavy goods vehicles travelling to the docks).

By using the Sustainable Distribution Centre your organisation can help to reduce Southampton’s Carbon footprint by up to 75% and decrease the output of other harmful gases caused by heavy goods vehicles.

Contact
Gary Whittle
Commercial Director
sales@meachersglobal.com
02380 739999

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Training: Staff Engagement

Worldwide Waste Wise, Dorset

Your Net-Zero Carbon Road Map – how we can help…

No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference to the planet and your company, both environmentally and financially. Net zero carbon means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it. For companies wishing to embark on a net zero carbon journey – then a great starting point is to first get your staff engaged and then trained to make improvements to your wastes and resource management.
And we offer the WasteSmart course to help you do just that. It is an accredited course by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, and we are an approved centre to deliver it. Whether it’s a whole workforce or someone who manages waste and resources as part of their wider role, WasteSmart will give them an understanding of: Waste as a resource – how we need to change our mind set to re-think waste as a resource itself. This module covers physical resources that are discarded in the business process and looks at all the different types of waste including segregating materials.

The Environmental impact of waste – how the waste we produce affects the environment. This module also introduces the concept of sustainability and how to reduce the carbon footprint of a business.

The cost effectiveness of managing waste efficiently – is probably more than you think as there are hidden costs to consider on top of disposal costs! This module looks at how to calculate the true cost of managing wastes and how savings can be made.

Understanding and applying the waste hierarchy – can help to manage wastes not only in the most environmentally sustainable and cost-effective way, but also in the most legally compliant way -and this module shows how to do it.

Legislation and ensuring compliance – waste has the potential to cause harm to human health and the environment. This module covers waste legislation in a very understandable way – particularly Duty of Care.

Identifying opportunities to reduce wase in the workplace – you can’t manage what you don’t know, so this module covers how to carry out a basic waste audit. Once you know what wastes your company produces, you can plan how to manage them effectively and identify what improvements can be made.

How to manage resources and wastes in the workplace – how to implement the improvements you’ve identified in the previous module. This module covers procurement changes, making space for wastes and resources, identifying barriers and finding solutions including behavioural changes.

How to demonstrate Improvements – can help justify the changes to others in the company. This module covers what your successes will actually look like, setting SMART targets, using baseline data and then measuring improvements using performance indicators.

This course really is for everyone as it is not industry specific, and all businesses produce wastes. Over the years we’ve delivered it to numerous waste industry businesses, NHS staff and university campus staff to name but a few, contextualising the content as required to the site. We’re also happy to do a site walkabout to give practical advice as well.

WATCH or LISTEN to a Podcast from Waste Wise on the Waste Smart Course HERE

Contact:
Judith Ward
judithward@wastewise.expert
Tel: 07595 120799
www.worldwidewaste.org.uk

YouTree Consultancy

What Does Sustainability Mean to Your Business?

Sustainability is more than a buzzword: it’s a powerful strategy that can help you save money, eliminate presenteeism, reduce staff sickness and increase engagement. Implemented correctly, sustainable strategies can truly elevate your business. Not only can they reduce long-term internal and external risks, the right strategies can help you attract and retain more of your ideal client and even improve supply chain relationships.

It’s well known that doing ‘good’ can directly impact a business’s ability to do well. It draws upon shared values and unites teams in pursuit of a common goal, all of which enhances the quality of work a team produces, as well as the way individuals collaborate and communicate.

To enhance our working environments and impact change, we need to do away with the limiting belief that ‘I’m only one person,’ or ‘what difference could I make?’ Every change starts with one thought, one action or one idea; sustainability is no different. When integrated into an organisation’s DNA, sustainability becomes the glue behind the power and cohesiveness of a modern and resilient business.

How would it feel to work in a team that understands what’s required of them and actively seek out better ways of working, or even come up with suggestions for improvements? What would it be like if your colleagues, who were engaged in reducing waste and utility spend, actually helped you to meet your organisation’s KPIs?

How can YouTree help?

As an interactive, online platform, YouTree tailors its courses and workshops to ensure businesses implement sustainable strategies, relevant to their sector. More than just an education tool, YouTree helps businesses change the mindset of their staff and helps them feel connected as part of something bigger, where they can make a visible difference.

Philippa Stanley, Director of YouTree, said: “We’re called YouTree because we recognise change starts with YOU – exploring what YOU, the user values and how YOU show up in the world.

“A blend of sustainability and wellbeing modules, we explain what all the environmental terminologies mean, how these affect YOU and your business, but more importantly, how you and your team can work together to effect change.

“Developing a workforce that understands what is being asked of them and why, creates the engagement individuals seek to help fulfil their roles. It moves them from feeling ineffectual and helpless to being actively engaged in the changes required to smash through those plateauing KPIs and establish credible sustainability throughout the organisation.”

Sustainable Strategies to Consider

-Energy & Utilities
Consider how your energy is generated and the level of control within your organisation

-Logistics
Consider flexible home working options, parking/ transport availability, car sharing and promotion of local public transport

-Pollution prevention
Maintain checks on air conditioning and consider fire and flood prevention

-CO2 Reduction
Include holistic appraisals of projects incorporated CO2 modelling and consider CO2 offsetting actions

-Waste Management
Review processes to eliminate wastes and where possible, remove, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover

-Purchasing
Use local, fair trade or sustainably sourced products containing recycled content or support local suppliers

-Staff Engagement
Increase enthusiasm of the staff in general for embracing charitable and volunteering opportunities and create a symbiotic relationship between current KPI performance

-Community & Biodiversity
Sponsor community events or local charities, provide work experience and manage green areas to encourage biodiversity of species.

Most functional sustainability actions rely on personal action and choice. YouTree offers coaching programmes and tailored training for managers, leaders and employees alongside supply chain development projects to improve the resilience and sustainability of your suppliers.

FREE ADVICE…For your free 20-minute consultation, email hello@youtree.uk today and learn how you can start reaping the benefits of sustainable solutions.

WATCH or LISTEN to a Podcast from YouTree HERE

Philippa Stanley can be contacted at
hello@youtree.uk or ☎ 07794043282

Treating Plastics

Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) – University of Portsmouth

Your Net-Zero Carbon Road Map – how we can help…

At last, there may be a practical answer to plastic pollution

In April 2018, researchers led by Professor John McGeehan at the Centre for Enzyme Innovation at University of Portsmouth (CEI) and Dr Gregg Beckham at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado announced that they had modified a naturally occurring enzyme which could break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

This modification drastically speeds up decomposition of one of the most commonly used plastics, found in drinking bottles and clothing, to its original building blocks. What
takes hundreds of years in nature can be reduced to a matter of days. Their discovery offered the first glimmer of hope that biological systems can be modified and improved in the laboratory to tackle a polluting plastic.

Successes at the CEI continued in September 2020 with the development of an enzyme cocktail which digests PET six times faster than the 2018 enzyme. This attracted
significant public attention, being highlighted as one of the top 100 most influential papers of 2020.

Enzymes can contribute to reaching Net Zero

In July 2021, researchers at the CEI and BOTTLE consortium demonstrated that plastic produced using enzyme-based recycling can be cost competitive with traditional fossil fuel-derived PET, cut energy use by up to 80 per cent, and reduce climate impacting greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 per cent relative to virgin manufacturing. The scientists modelled a conceptual recycling facility where waste PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic is broken down with enzymes, returning the material back into its original chemical building blocks. This process was compared with traditional fossil fuel routes, where plastic building blocks are currently extracted mainly from oil and gas.

A comprehensive techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment revealed strong economic, social, and environmental benefits of using enzymes which opens up exciting opportunities for industry to make a step-change in how these plastics are recycled.The researchers determined that their roadmap for sustainable recycling of one of the world’s most commonly used plastics would also provide significant health benefits, including cleaner air, and economic benefits, including new jobs.

Watch their video clip HERE

To find out about how you can work with the Centre for Enzyme Innovation to develop our transformative bio-recycling technologies, through our Industrial Engagement Hub launching in early 2022. Get in contact with the CEI Innovation Fellow
Rory Miles
rory.miles@port.ac.uk

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT – Energy Management

Energy Management through Energy Data

Carbon reduction compliance and how to deal with it from AyMa IoT.

Businesses are in the spotlight as the world searches for solutions to climate change. Many businesses are not sure about the part they can play, and the practical steps they can take, in trying to alleviate the impacts of climate change, and making a positive contribution to slowing down its pace.

Even when the willingness is there to do what has to be done, the problem arises of what regulations should be adhered to. Here is AyMa IoT’s quick guide to the key regulations, and the most reliable way to formulate and then implement a carbon reduction strategy for your business; to simplify reporting, identify high carbon emissions sources in your business, and enable you to set about getting to grips with the problem areas.

Obligations in context 


In 2019, the UK Government introduced a target of “at least a 100% reduction in the net UK carbon account (i.e., reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to 1990 levels) by 2050.” Whatever happens now, whatever you do next as a business, this is where the spirit of the law resides; in finding Net Zero. The government has created a fresh context for carbon footprint reduction by announcing that, from 30th Sept 2021, government suppliers require a Carbon Reduction Plan (“…which details their organisational carbon footprint and confirms their commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050”…) when bidding for contracts over £5M.

AyMa IoT’s Carbon and Energy Management platform, IPSUM enables organisations to monitor carbon and energy-use points through IoT connected sensors. IPSUM delivers real-time visibility of the energy usage status and optimum attainable levels of energy usage across all the operations of a business. It provides organisations with a software dashboard allowing for automated ESOS/SECR Carbon reporting and most importantly work towards a net-zero carbon footprint whilst adhering to GHG Protocol Scopes.

PODCAST Listen or watch podcast with John MacMillan at AyMa IoT HERE

Contact AyMa IoT
John MacMillan
Chief Executive Officer
E:john.macmillan@aymaiot.com
M: 07436 143815
T: 01382 932950
www.aymaiot.com

Energy Demand Management

Utility Stream mission is to ‘Simplify Business Energy’ and through our strategic partnership with SmarterDM we can assist clients across multiple sectors to achieve significant cost savings. Our Energy Demand Management (EDM), helps businesses to become more efficient and reduce their carbon footprint. The solution is also very different to competing products as it allows for control of physical assets putting you firmly in control.

Whilst Monitoring & Targeting (M&T) is an excellent tool for delivering visibility of where savings could be made, it doesn’t actually deliver savings. SmarterDM goes one step further as it automates to operation of plant / electrical units and drives bottom line savings. The data collection solution is powered by our low cost Wireless IoT wireless monitoring and control devices. This can be used to monitor and control temperature, CO2, light levels and integrate occupancy.

Key benefits

-Real Time energy data to measure, monitor and control energy usage
-Review your energy performance by area, specific loads and equipment
-Track areas of energy wastage
-Implement HVAC and lighting control strategies
-Trigger alerts and alarms for excessive energy usage, plant failure or maintenance scheduling
-Non-intrusive installation – with zero impact on the running of your business

SmarterDM intelligent heating solution

The SmarterDM has designed an integrated panel heater control solution to allow remote control of devices across a wireless, radio network to help reduce energy consumption and maximise comfort. The system allows us to do the following;

-Collect power consumption data at individual heater level
-Collect individual room occupancy
-Collect individual room temperature
-Reduce energy consumption by automated control whilst enhancing occupant experience
-A web based portal allows clients to access all of the data from any device

The SmarterDM solution is being rolled out across a leading UK hotel brand – an portfolio of over 500 hotel of which 100 have been completed. The solution delivers financial and environmental benefits across their entire estate.

Utility Stream can be Contacted via:

Louise Van Breda
Louise@utility-stream.com
Tel: 07949 535581

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT – Electrical and Mechanical Services

Equipment Monitoring Solution

The GHS Group are a Traditional Mechanical and Electrical Facilities Management Company.

Our range of services include;

-Heating
-Cooling
-Plumbing
-Ventilation
-Electrical

Our own Solution to Monitor your Equipment

What’s different about GHS is whilst we realise that there is a lot of old and tired equipment being used out there, and to some people maintaining it may not make sense, we then have the expense of disposing of it and the cost of new equipment when that product may still be serviceable.

GHS approach to the maintenance and service schedules is that instead of following the traditional route our software and monitoring system will monitor the equipment and send us updates when the equipment runs inefficiently.

So for example: A normal building would have 4 services a year on its air-conditioning, but it may only require 3 services due to its usage etc. So, this is saving you on the 4th service and saving on fuel costs, man hours, disruption.

GHS run things more efficiently making the world Greener and making a difference to a dirty Industry.

To contact GHS Group
Marc Smith
T: 01329 285993
msmith@ghs.me.uk
www.theghsgroup.co.uk

Clean Transportation

World’s first Electric RIB assists Marine organisations in reaching Net-Zero

The Pulse 63 electric RIB by RS Electric Boats was on display at the Big Sustainability Expo, 28th October 2021.

The world’s first electric RIB with a fully integrated electric drive, the Pulse 63, is designed to help companies work towards net-zero on-water operations. With zero emissions, no unpleasant fumes and no risk of oil spills, the Pulse 63 promotes clean boating, and the dynamic and efficient electric propulsion is extremely quiet with minimal wake for discrete operations and minimal disruption to wildlife. The electric RIB is also built using sustainable and recycled materials in key areas and constructed on British soil to reduce its carbon footprint.

“The Pulse 63 is a unique alternative to traditional combustion engine RIBs, and we’ve had lots of interest from the commercial sector including, including law enforcement, border protection, security, and marinas, to name just a few.” Andy Andrews, RS Electric Boats, Commercial Sales.

Specifically configured for an electric drive, the Pulse 63 features a unique hull shape designed to reduce drag and promote quick acceleration, thus increasing range. The Pulse 63 also has more open space onboard than a traditional outboard with the drive system set flush into the transom. The batteries can be charged to full power in 8 hours on the dock or just 2 hours via a CCS charging point, and lifetime running costs are low due to cheaper energy options and less frequent servicing periods.

RS Electric Boats is the sister company of RS Sailing, which has drawn upon 25 years of boat design experience and worked with some of the best UK suppliers and manufacturing partners to bring this revolutionary electric RIB to market.

To find out more about the Pulse 63 electric RIB, visit the RS Electric Boats website:

Website. rselectricboats.com.
Tel. 01794 526760
E. info@rselectricboats.com

Sustainable Packaging Solutions

Test Valley Packaging

Lower your Carbon Footprint by choosing the right Packaging

The recent IPCC report has shown us that climate change is having disastrous effects across the globe, disrupting natural systems, raising sea-levels, forest fires and more. To combat climate change, governmental action and environmental laws have been implemented in several countries.

However, despite these efforts, the target of reaching net-zero by 2050 and halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 is still out of sight according to UK-based data analytics company GlobalData.

The good news is that the IPCC report still believes there is time to do something about this – if we act fast. Whilst all eyes are on governments, we all of course have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions in all our personal and business activities.

How the plastic packaging industry contributes to
climate change

The plastic industry is well known for the damaging effects it has on the environment.

Plastic pollution threatens wildlife and spreads toxins; we are all familiar with the images of animals wrapped in plastic bags, or birds trying to feed their young on plastic particles. But what contribution is plastic production making to carbon emissions and climate change? 

According to UK-based environmental organisation Friends of the, the manufacturing process of plastic is responsible for 5% of
greenhouse gas emissions.

The extraction process of fossil fuels releases dangerous greenhouse gases and is known to be the largest contributor to climate change. Plastic relies on these fossil fuels and contributes to the overall demand for oil.

According to the IPCC report we could be facing a troubling future if the intensive use of fossil fuels continues, as you can see by the graph below. Switching to sustainable packaging can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and contribute to the ‘Future based on sustainability’ line demonstrated on the graph.

Test Valley Packaging’s low carbon footprint Paper is the most sustainable option when it comes to packaging; it does not rely on the extraction of oil, is widely recycled and is truly biodegradable.  At Test Valley we also use 100% paper recycled products wherever possible, which has a lower carbon footprint than virgin paper.

Test Valley Packaging has a strong sustainable ethos and continually innovates to bring the best paper protection products to the market. Any businesses considering switching from plastic void fill packaging can do so with confidence with Test Valley. With our compact and efficient systems, we can help make your switch cost neutral whilst improving pack speeds and increasing protection.

Four ways Test Valley Packaging help provide low carbon footprint sustainable packaging;

1. Our Paper
All of our paper is produced in the UK from sustainably managed sources and made from 100% recycled paper.  This gives customers the confidence that our products are truly sustainable and allowing them to provide low carbon footprint packaging to consumers. 

2. Our Machines/Benches
As part of our goal to provide low carbon footprint products, all machines and machine parts are sourced in the UK. Along with our packing benches being produced and manufactured in our Salisbury facility, cutting out the heavy footprint that comes with sourcing parts from overseas. 

3. Our Distribution 
One of the many benefits that comes with our Cushioning Paper is that 32 rolls, or 9600 metres of it can fit on one pallet. This is thanks to its unique pre-folded design, which means it is more compact, stable and easier to handle. This is a great saver on carbon footprint, with the ability to make fewer deliveries when distributing. 

4. Cushion Integrity 
The strength and cushion integrity of our Test Valley Paper allows packers to reduce their usage by up to 50%. The void fill solution is both robust and easily mouldable. Because of the way the Test Valley paper is creased and crimped it secures and cushions your products, absorbing shock and eliminating movement in transit. Reducing your packaging use is a simple way to lower your carbon footprint. Following this week’s IPCC report, no doubt the majority of businesses will be doubling down on reducing its carbon footprint. If you are one of them, whether you are currently using plastic packaging or potentially over-packing with ineffective paper, Test Valley Packaging can help you.  We are offering live demonstrations to showcase our industry leading paper packaging & integration services and showing packing techniques that are guaranteed to
reduce your usage and result in a lower carbon footprint. 

Get in touch with us today and arrange your free virtual demonstration

Test Valley Packaging
01722 414800
sales@testvalleypkg.co.uk
www.testvalleypkg.co.uk

Solar Energy

Solar Sense

Solar panels for businesses

Solar panels for businesses
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), NASA and the world’s leading scientists have warned that we must increase and accelerate the rate at which we generate, store, and distribute our energy from solar panels and renewable sources if we are to avoid irreparable damage to our environment.

Due to the particularly high financial returns that solar panels deliver, they one of the most popular clean energy solutions in the UK and worldwide. Thousands of businesses in the UK have now switched to solar panels to power their operations with clean energy from the sun.

Whilst the price of energy has increased year on year and even surged to new record highs in recent months, the cost of installing solar panels has plummeted – creating reduced payback periods and healthy financial returns which can be reinvested in core business activities or further sustainability ventures.

Turn your unused roof space into an asset
A typical solar panel system will provide free electricity for more than 25 years, achieve financial returns of more than 12% per annum and pay back installation costs within 6-8 years.

Reduce your energy costs and improve your bottom-line
Generate and store free, clean energy on-site and improve your bottom-line with up to 100% savings on your electricity bills. The Carbon Trust states that a 20% cut in energy costs represents the same bottom-line benefit as a 5% increase in sales. Investing in renewable energy not only reduces your energy bills but fixes them for the long-term. Forward thinking organisations are spending a little now to save a lot in the future.

Reduce your carbon footprint and spearhead the drive to net zero
Radical new climate change commitments will set the UK on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. To reach this target it is imperative we build back better after the Covid-19 pandemic. Spearheading the drive to net zero will not only create a competitive advantage but a positive boost to your reputation that can be communicated to your customers and key stakeholders, helping you to win more business.

Future proof your business and power your electric fleet with free solar electricity
The UK government has set a target of ending non-electric vehicle sales by 2030. On roof solar panels and solar carports offer both a means to powering your operations and (or) the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles with cheaper and cleaner energy. Integrating EV charge points with solar panels also offers an opportunity to generate an income from low grade parking spaces by billing your visitors and (or) staff to charge their vehicles on-site.

Gain immediate bottom-line savings with no upfront cost
If your energy usage and roof space meet specific criteria, a power purchase agreement will allow you to benefit from a free solar installation – financed by a PPA provider. The clean electricity generated by the system is then sold back to you at a much cheaper rate than your current energy prices, saving you thousands of pounds on your bills and providing your business with all the benefits of solar PV with no upfront cost.

Benefits at a glance

• Reduce your carbon footprint
• Spearhead the transition to Net Zero
• Improve corporate reputation
• Reduce and forecast your long-term energy costs
• Generate a ROI of up to 20% per year
• Safeguard from rising energy costs
• Future-proof your business
• Power your electric fleet with free solar energy

ROAD MAP TO NET ZERO
Solar carports for businesses

A solar carport is a dual purpose, stand-alone structure that provides shelter for vehicles, whilst generating clean, renewable energy from the sun. This free electricity can then either be used on-site and (or) used to charge a fleet of electric vehicles.

Solar carports are designed to cover many styles of car parking spaces and can be designed to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding environment. They can be customised and equipped with gutters to harvest rainwater or even have branding applied. Solar carports can increase land value and create revenue opportunities for site operators from EV charge-points, branding and advertising.

Solar carports can be installed independently or in conjunction with a roof mounted solar PV system on your main premises. The solar carport is particularly useful for companies exploring solar options without adequate roof space or with roof spaces filled with vents or skylights.

Make a statement on sustainability
From a dual parking space to an entire commercial car park; a solar carport showcases your commitment to tackling climate change.

Increase on-site energy generation
With energy consumption increasing for most businesses year on year, it makes sense to create additional space for solar panels and generate a return on investment from otherwise unproductive space. As the solar canopies are designed from scratch the structures can be aligned to maximise solar generation making them highly efficient.

Create a new revenue stream from low grade land
As well as charging your fleet of electric vehicles with free solar energy, it is possible to bill your staff and (or) visitors to charge their electric vehicles whilst parked on-site. It is possible to set different amounts for specific groups (i.e. company directors, management, staff and visitors).

Benefits at a glance

• Increase on-site energy generation
• Create a new revenue stream
• Aesthetically improve your car park
• Charge EVs on site
• Reduce your carbon footprint
• Spearhead the transition to Net Zero
• Improve corporate reputation
• Reduce and forecast your long-term energy costs
• Safeguard from rising energy costs
• Future-proof your business
• Power your electric fleet with free solar energy

ROAD MAP TO NET ZERO
Battery storage for businesses

Energy storage or battery storage solutions are battery units that are installed on-site to offer businesses a means to store and discharge electricity at specific times, operate independently from the grid and offer backup power when needed.

In most cases, battery storage solutions are integrated with solar panels as a means to capitalise on the energy savings they produce, as well as leverage a number of additional financial and environmental benefits.

Battery units can also be installed as a stand-alone product, independent of a renewable energy source and used to store cheaper energy from the grid during lower cost periods and discharge during peak times to avoid demand charges and peak-time energy costs.

Improved sustainability
Store and utilise more of your clean solar energy to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and ‘brown’ energy bought from the grid.

Emergency backup power
Draw energy from your battery and remain operational in the event of a brownout or period of energy rationing.

Peak shaving
Discharge your free solar energy at times of peak demand to avoid demand charges and peak-time energy costs.

Load shifting
Shift energy consumption from one point in time to another to avoid peak energy prices and reduce costs.

Scalable design
Scalable to the space and energy requirements of any site; from small businesses to large-scale solar parks.

Energy independence
Integrate with solar PV, build a localised grid and operate independently from the National Grid

ROAD MAP TO NET ZERO
Solarsense

Solarsense is one of the UK’s most established clean energy installers. Since being founded in 1995, the company has completed more than 14,000 renewable energy installations and is responsible for powering some of the UK’s leading organisations.

From the RSPB and Duchy of Cornwall to Lush Cosmetics and Tesco, Solarsense has earned a reputation for trusted advice and high-quality installations. They place great emphasis on the quality of their workmanship and have won more than 20 industry awards in recognition of their customer service and pioneering projects.

Why Solarsense
• UK market leader
• 25+ years’ experience
• 14,000+ installations nationwide
• 20+ industry awards
• Consultancy led approach
• Single point of contact
• Household name client base
• First class delivery, support & aftercare

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To get a free, no obligation quote delivered safely to your inbox, simply fill out the form on the Solarsense website and one of their energy experts will get in touch to discuss your options.

Solarsense UK Limited
Helios House
Brockley Lane
Backwell
BS48 4AH

Stephen Barrett
Managing Director
stephen.barrett@solarsense-uk.com

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The Corporate Sustainability Education Channel

The Corporate Sustainability Education Channel is your free educational series of Podcasts designed to support your net-zero drive. You can choose to either watch, or listen, to hear from suppliers of products, technologies, services, innovation and expertise on many different subjects. As well as from organisations who take on the challenge of a project they wish to share.

You will find the channel podcast episodes HERE

To take part in a Podcast contact the Studio
01202 971186
lynda.daniels@southernsustainability.co.uk