Apr 6, 2020

ABB and responsible sustainability

Charlotte Buono
3 min
ABB, a pioneering technology leader for over 130 years, has created outstanding te...

ABB, a pioneering technology leader for over 130 years, has created outstanding technologies that have led to responsible sustainability.

To this day they remain focused to improve economic growth and develop people’s lives. Delivering leading-edge products, services and solutions for customers they are working to further the fight against climate change and conserve non-renewable resources.

A high priority to make cities cleaner, safer and less polluted, ABB provides eco-friendly products and services that improve the quality of many inhabitants’ lives. ABB Ability™ has offered a digital connection through the cloud for products and solutions for buildings, electric vehicles, water, power, waste infrastructure, data centers, factories and plants.

The three goals of ABB:

The objectives cover three areas: leading technology, responsible operations and responsible relationships. Each area has a direct or indirect impact on ABB’s business success. The measures in 2019 remain on track to meet or exceed targets in 2020 which are material to ABB’s business.

Leading technology

Smart technology is the way forward for AAB with the focus of buildings and mobility. A key objective for the innovative industry includes the work of productions, solutions and services. ABB have achieved a significant amount of key goals with more being set on target. The leading technology is creating eco friendly operations that have been successfully met. For example “AAB reduced 41% of greenhouse gas emissions”. 

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Responsible operations

Successful progress has taken place to meet targets. The welfare of employees has improved leading to the risk of injuries to reduce by 52%. The key areas include safe operations, climate action, responsible sourcing and resource efficiency. 

Responsible relationships

The importance of communication between employees is a key target and at ABB it seems to be a top priority. This includes the morale of integrity, human rights and community engagement. Looking after the welfare of employees has created targets that have been met with new schemes, an expected target of 70% was to be reached however “77% of employees were covered by the ABB well-being program”.

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The conclusion of ABB’s sustainability report is that the development of eco-friendly products and services has led to important targets that the company can meet effectively. The goal to combat climate change and improve the lives of their employees well-being and inhabitants is proving success in sustainability.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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