Capgemini reaches 2020 carbon footprint targets early
The French professional services firm, Capgemini, has announced that it has met its sustainability goal three years early.
The company had set the goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% per employee by 2020, against a 2014 baseline.
In 2017 alone the company lowered its footprint by 22%, whilst noting a performance reduction of 30% by the end of the year against the 2014 baseline.
The firm claims that it reached its goal early due to focusing on changing behaviours towards travel incentives and installing more energy efficient technology.
Capgemini reduced the amount of energy it used in its offices by 19%, simply by using onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, merging offices, and using efficient technologies, such as LED lighting and smart metres.
“With office energy, there has always been a tension between behaviour change and determining whether you can control the environment using technology,” James Robey, Global Head of Coporate Sustainability at Capgemini, told edie.
“While you can go some way with asking people to switch lights off for example, introducing systems so the lights switch off automatically will always be more efficient.”
“Therefore, our behaviour change aspect has been more in the business travel space than in office energy.”
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
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.