Contribution to ZCE Target 4%
What is working well in Edinburgh already
Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
Emissions from industry depend on the type and the amount of goods we make, and the energy used to make them. Industry can become more efficient in future, using less energy and causing fewer emissions to produce goods. Making products from natural or recycled materials will help. Green Industries could also use alternative fuels, such as more electricity from renewable sources, and fuels made from hydrogen and biomass.
Environmental management certification such as the “Green Tick” help businesses become more energy efficient and reduce their waste: https://brightgreenbusiness.org.uk. Other voluntary agreements include the Sustainable Growth Agreements which are formal agreements between SEPA and an organisation that focus on practical action to deliver environmental outcomes and help achieve sustainable development.
What you can do
Individual: Proactively choose to buy products from green companies and let others know you are doing so.
Community: Consider including environment-related actions in your community facilities and activities such as churches by signing up to the eco-congregation association: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org.
– Join a green business network and learn how to reduce the impacts of your business such as http://nbs.net/sustainability-centres-directory/sustainable-business-initiative.
– Implement an environmental management standard in your company such as BS8555, ISO14001 or EMAS.
Contribution to ZCB Target of 650 MT CO2e 30 MT
Emissions from industry depend on the type and amount of goods we make and the energy used to make them. Making some products, such as steel or cement, involves chemical reactions that also cause greenhouse gas emissions. Industry can become more efficient in the future and causing fewer emissions to produce goods. In Zero Carbon Britain, we could also use alternative fuels, electricity from renewable sources and fuels made from hydrogen and biomass. Source: http://zerocarbonbritain.com