Earth Day: 5 things businesses can do to celebrate this year

After months of isolation and wintry weather, spring is finally in full bloom and the UK is reopening again. With this recent freedom has come a renewed appreciation for friends, family, and the great outdoors. This, and the rise in climate change awareness, make this Earth Day more important for businesses than ever.

Environmental awareness days are often marked with a social media post and quickly forgotten. But businesses that embrace real sustainability all year can enjoy significant financial and reputational benefits. As the UK transitions to a net zero economy, this will only become truer.

Companies with ethical and environmental strategies are already favoured by consumers and investors. This makes a sustainable strategy essential for securing future funding as well as growing and maintaining a loyal customer base. Not to mention, energy efficiency and clean energy solutions can provide valuable savings to facilitate further stability along the way.

This Earth Day, why not use the momentum to embark on your sustainable journey? Here are a few ways to celebrate the planet and ensure a green future for your business.

1.  Make a commitment

Companies and communities across the UK are pledging to reach net zero emissions by as early as 2030. This is largely due to recent shifts in policy that have made carbon monitoring and reporting an inevitable part of business practices. Climate-related risks are also beginning to play an important, even mandatory, role in investment decisions. This means large companies will have no choice but to reduce their environmental footprint.

What better day to announce your businesses commitment to net zero than Earth Day? EIC can help your organisation navigate the path to net zero from your initial carbon footprinting onwards. Our team of energy specialists streamline complex energy admin, carbon compliance, and give guidance on clean energy solutions. We go beyond what is mandatory to integrate sustainability into the core of your business.

2.  Embrace small changes

If your business is not ready to commit to a net zero target, there are numerous small changes you can make to save money and reduce your environmental footprint. Simply switching to LED lights can result in significant costs savings, especially for big energy users with extensive office or retail space. This and other efficiency solutions offer emission reductions that will prepare your organisation for future carbon reporting requirements.

Waste management is another important small but impactful change, as is water efficiency. Taking control of your utilities and ensuring there is as little unnecessary waste as possible is the first step towards sustainability.

3.  Switch to green energy

As companies and councils continue to join the race to net zero, energy suppliers are offering more green procurement options. There are different types of energy contracts in various shades of green, and choosing one can be a complex process.

If you are taking this Earth Day to switch to greener energy, EIC can help. Our procurement specialists can help you choose the contract that is right for your organisation and your net zero goals.

4.  Get smarter

Data gathering and analytics is the future of energy management. Smart energy monitoring and building control systems identify areas of inefficiency and waste. And enable you to make changes in real time. This technology is already becoming widely used to help businesses of all sizes control their costs and reduce emissions.

Make a real, impactful change this Earth Day by taking control of your utility usage. Our sister company, t-mac, offers next-generation metering, monitoring and controls solutions. These enable clients to manage their assets and energy consumption in real-time via a single platform.

“By working with t-mac we were able to identify that our immediate solution was to scrutinise the use of in-store equipment to save energy and carbon. Using t-mac’s expert advice and assistance we were able to implement a control strategy and immediately benefited from the energy reduction. To date, we’ve chalked up a substantial reduction in energy usage and carbon emissions across the 1,600 UK branches. We’re confident that the system will continue to be a winner, saving carbon and cost for years to come.” – Nick Eshelby, Director of Property Services at Ladbrokes

5.  Make it a team effort

Making structural changes to your energy portfolio is key. But genuine sustainability requires action on every level. Getting employees involved can help your sustainable efforts and also boost morale.

In August 2020, Reuters commissioned Censuswide to survey 2,000 UK office workers about workplace culture and environmental ethics. Of those surveyed, almost two-thirds (65%) said that they were more likely to work for a company with strong environmental policies.

This proves the rising interest in climate change and social equity is impacting peoples expectations of their employers. And as younger generations enter the workforce, this will only become more prevalent.

This Earth Day, ensure employees are aware of your commitment to environmental action by getting them involved in your sustainable business strategy. One way to do this is through EIC’s staff energy awareness training, which teaches employees how to reduce energy usage. By helping your employees understand how they can improve energy efficiency at work, they’ll learn how to cut their usage and costs at home too, which is great news for the environment.

How can EIC help?

At EIC we celebrate Earth Day every day by leading clients towards a more sustainable energy future. Our in-house team can guide you through energy monitoring, carbon footprinting, green procurement and compliance legislation. Our aim is to provide you with holistic energy management and sustainable solutions that build a green and resilient foundation for your organisation’s future.

To learn how our net zero services can help your business, contact us at EIC today.

International Women in Engineering Day

EIC celebrates the seventh year of International Women in Engineering Day by highlighting incredible women whose works you see and use every day, but perhaps might not know.

Ada Lovelace

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace is best known as the first computer programmer for writing an algorithm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s.

Ada showed her gifts from an early age. At her mother’s insistence, she had an unusual upbringing for an aristocratic girl in the mid-17th century: she was tutored in maths and science even though such subjects were not standard fare for women at the time.

From then on she showed a talent for numbers and language, learning from Mary Somerville, a Scottish astronomer and mathematician, and one of the first women to be admitted to the Royal Astronomical Society.

When she was 17, she met the father of the computer, Charles Babbage. Babbage was a friend and mentor to Ada, giving her first look at his difference machine and asking her to translate an Italian article on his analytical engine. She not only translated the original text, but she also added her own thoughts and ideas on the machine.

Ada described in her notes how codes could be created for the device to handle letters and symbols, as well as numbers, theorising a method for the engine to repeat a series of instructions – a process that is now known as looping, used in computer programming today. Her work was published in an English science journal in 1843, giving her the title of the first computer programmer.

Lynn Conway

Lynn Conway was born in 1938 and is known for her pioneering work in developing and disseminating new methods of circuit design.

Lynn studied physics at MIT and earned B.S. and M.S.E.E. degrees at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1962 and 1963 respectively. In 1964 she was recruited to work for IBM Research in New York where she soon joined the architecture team tasked to design a supercomputer, the IBM’s Advanced Computing Systems project.

Whilst there, she made exceptional contributions to computer architecture, including the invention of multiple-issue out-of-order dynamic instruction scheduling, a paradigm used in most high-performance CPUs to make use of instruction cycles that would otherwise be wasted.

Unfortunately, Lynn was fired from IBM for undergoing gender transition in 1968. After this, she had to restart her career, advancing quickly to become a computer architect at Memorex.

She then went on to work for Xerox PARC in 1973, where she invented scalable design rules for VLSI chip design, became the principal author of the famous Mead-Conway text Introduction to VLSI systems, and launched a revolution in microchip design in the 80s. She also invented and demonstrated an internet e-commerce infrastructure for rapid chip prototyping, which lead to many major startups of the decade.

Marissa Mayer

Yahoo!’s former president and CEO, Marissa Mayer studied in Stanford and went on to graduate with a B.S. in symbolic systems in 1997 and an M.S. in computer science in 1999, both degrees focusing on artificial intelligence.

Upon graduating, Marissa soon joined Google as their 20th employee. She started out writing code, supervising small teams of engineers, and developing and designing Google’s search offerings. She quickly advanced to Director of Consumer Web Products, overseeing the search engine’s well-known layout. She was also one in three people responsible for Google AdWords.

In 2002 she started the Associate Product Manager program, an initiative to recruit new talents and cultivate them for leadership roles. In 2005, she became Vice President of Google Search Products and User Experience until 2010, when she was asked by the then CEO to head the Local, Maps and Location Services, where she secured Google’s acquisition of survey site Zagat.

Marissa left Google to become CEO of Yahoo! in 2012 and remained there until 2017. She now has her own company, Lumi Labs, that focuses on artificial intelligence and consumer media.

International Women In Engineering Day is not only a day to celebrate outstanding women, but it’s also an international awareness campaign that aims to raise the profile of women in engineering, focusing attention on the amazing career opportunities available for girls in the industry.

Ada, Lynn and Marissa were leaders in their field and pioneers in cutting edge technology. Much like them, we aim to be great forerunners in energy consultancy.

Here at EIC we combine technology with consultancy know-how to deliver energy intelligence for our clients. Our end-to-end solutions are shaping the way businesses buy, manage and control their energy and comply with client legislation.