Mitie has launched its new step-by-step guide to reaching net zero carbon emissions, the Plan Zero Playbook.
Following five phases, the ‘A to E process’, the Playbook is designed to demonstrate to businesses, big or small, how to create a tangible plan of action to reach decarbonisation. The process has been formed as a cycle, where businesses can jump in at any stage of the net zero journey, from setting targets, to developing a strategy, through to support with the execution.
The guide has been developed based on Mitie’s own experience setting its Plan Zero commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025, the development of its strategy and now the execution of the plan by a team of Mitie’s in-house experts. Thanks to this first-hand experience and the expertise of its Energy, Engineering, Fleet, Landscapes and Waste Teams, Mitie is uniquely placed to support other businesses looking to achieve net zero, by working with them to implement the A-E Plan Zero process – no matter where they are on their journey.
Mitie has already achieved significant results for its customers. For example, Mitie’s Energy Team saved over 300,000 tonnes of carbon in the financial year 2019/20, equivalent to enough power to run 370,000 homes for a year. By shifting its approach to reducing resources entering businesses in the first place, Mitie Waste has slashed the volume of waste its customers send to landfill by over 92,000 tonnes each year. Meanwhile, by turning food waste into fuel it provides over 12,000 homes a year with electricity.
Before any goals can be set, it is vital to undertake an assessment of the current net zero progress, the tools and data available, and identity the relevant internal stakeholders for the project. This stage can also determine any skills, resource or data gaps in the business. Once completed, a Plan Zero taskforce can be formed to galvanise internal teams and drive each project forward.
Baselining and Targeting
Plan Zero is driven by setting a range of ambitious targets, with achievable goals to get there, covering every aspect of business operations. Establishing baseline data and comparing this against industry leaders provides the context to set ambitious net zero targets. Once agreed, these goals can then feed into an overarching strategy, such as Mitie’s Plan Zero.
Compliance and Certification
While Mitie encourages businesses to go further, faster, certain sustainability and reporting standards are legally required. Looking beyond regulations, attaining certification demonstrates to stakeholders that businesses take their Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) performance seriously which is increasingly important in the current environment.
Once the groundwork has been laid, the business should develop its practical plan to achieve its targets. These should be supported by detailed funding proposals, which in many cases, can be developed to deliver zero carbon at zero cost, by focusing on solutions with quick pay backs and ordering activities in a way that allows savings to be reinvested back into the programme. This creates a snowball effect, unlocking bigger and bigger investments for decarbonisation, as the financial savings grow. These savings can also be used to fund other sustainability initiatives, such as projects to boost biodiversity.
With the detailed plan agreed, its’ time to put words into action by executing the strategy to achieve net zero. Although the business will be following a specific strategy, how this is executed is not set in stone. In fact, the plan should flex over time in response to external factors, such as new technology developments or changes to how buildings are being used. With many businesses setting goals that are five, ten, or even 20 years into the future, there’s likely to be many opportunities to reassess the plan and make it even more ambitious.
Pradyumna Pandit, Managing Director, Sustainability and Energy Services, Mitie, said: “Ambitious sustainability targets are meaningless without an action plan to make them a reality. We’re proud to be walking the walk at Mitie, with a tangible plan of attack to meet our own net zero carbon target by 2025, but we know that we can’t solve the climate crisis alone.
“The journey to net zero can seem a daunting one, with every business following its own path and tackling different challenges along the way. However, help is at hand. By sharing our Plan Zero Playbook and offering our extensive expertise to other businesses, together we can make net zero happen.”
To download a free copy of the Mitie Plan Zero Playbook click here.
FMJ has teamed up with Zip Water, creator of award-winning sustainable drinking water systems, to discuss the ways in which FMs can safeguard the provision of essential amenities within the workplace as we emerge into a new era of touch-free, socially distanced offices.
During the event, which will feature a panel of leading FMs and an FM services provider, we will discuss how FM professionals, office managers and HR managers can balance the need to manage shared spaces, such as staff kitchens, while maintaining a safe environment and meeting energy and waste reduction targets. This will include a look at some of the latest touch-free technologies; including apps to manage workflow and hands-free automation (e.g. automatic doors, taps etc).
Join us on Wednesday 25th November at 11:00am for an event which will address the ways FMs can meet their commitment to ensure the wellbeing of people as an integral part of their sustainability remit.
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