Jan 25, 2017

Easy ways to go green at work

Nell Walker
4 min
London Junk is asking for minimal effort from office workers to help preserve the environment, improve the...

London Junk is asking for minimal effort from office workers to help preserve the environment, improve the planet, and boost the green rating of their companies.

The waste disposal expert wants people to make a few simple adjustments in order to make a huge difference to the state of the nation, because while we are keen to recycle at home, the responsibility is too-often forgotten in the workplace.

Harsha Rathnayake, owner of London-Junk.co.uk, believes that the smallest changes could improve the quality of the planet and save companies a lot of money.

Rathnayake said: “We all work tirelessly at home to separate waste into our recycling bins and take old clothes to recycling banks, but when we get to work we seem to throw our attitudes to recycling out the window.

“It’s easy to feel less responsible at work, if there isn’t different recycling bins for example then people tend to think the recycling’s not their responsibility.

“But so much of what we use in an office environment can be recycled, and if everyone you work with chips in then a little effort will go a long way.

“If all offices were to pitch in and make small changes then the impact that would have on our countries’ overall recycling intake would be enormous.

“I’ve seen time and again whilst collecting waste from offices that have gone green just how big an impact it has had on their waste disposal and costs, and I don’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be the same for all business’.”

These are just 6 simple steps that will help you contribute towards a greener office:

Take your own food to work

Bringing your own lunch in containers rather than buying a sandwich and disposing of the packaging not only reduces your waste but it can come with health benefits, as this stops you being tempted to buy pastries and cakes at the local bakery.

Make purchasing decisions based on a greener mind-set

Purchasing higher quality supplies may be more expensive up front, but they often last longer and reduce not only the amount of waste produced, but the longer term costs of having to replace cheaper items. Switching to rechargeable batteries, or even purchasing products that run on solar power rather than batteries is another long-term cost effective strategy.

Travelling to work

We all know that driving to and from work every day has an impact on the environment, and whilst cars are becoming more environmentally friendly we are still a long way from having zero impact. Despite drawing some unsavory headlines in recent months, public transport is a good option if you have reliable and cost effective bus or train services.  You could also look to car share if you have colleagues that live in the same area as you. Thirdly, if your company is open to it, working from home just one day a week can make a big impact on cutting your emissions over the course of a year.

Use less paper

There are lots of ways you can reduce paper, only printing when necessary, taking notes on a tablet or phone instead of a notebook or even storing information electronically rather that in paper format. It’s probably the most obvious step we can make but also one of the easiest.

Turn things off

It’s easy to forget to turn lights off when going in and out of rooms but remembering to do so not only reduces energy but also cut costs. There are lots of electronic devices, laptops, printers etc. that don’t need to be left on all the time. Another common sight in lots of offices is a mobile device being left constantly on charge. Try to avoid this, as aside from frying your phones battery it can also use a lot of unnecessary energy.

Dispose of your waste ethically

When it comes to clearing your waste, make sure you use a reputable company that is fully licensed to dispose of it. They will make sure as much as possible is reused and recycled.

 

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Drax
Biomass
Sustainability
BECCS
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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