ElectraLink has committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2022, following several months of factfinding and training to establish our current emissions and plan a way forward.
We are rapidly changing how we operate and behave as an organisation at the heart of the GB energy market, adopting various strategies for reducing and being accountable for our carbon emissions.
As a responsible business partner and employer, we take climate change and the UK’s net zero commitments seriously. We believe that as facilitators of an industry with historically high carbon emissions, we have a duty to lead by example and manage our carbon footprint in all business areas.
Using a combination of offsetting our emissions and reducing carbon output as a result of business activities, we will achieve net zero emissions early next year and continue to introduce new measures to reduce our emissions further.
As part of our carbon offsetting approach, we are partnering with several organisations which provide offsetting services and resources. ElectraLink staff will be involved in choosing the projects we partner with and we will announce our project partners in due course.
From 1-5 November 2021, to coincide with the first week of COP26, ElectraLink is running a week of action to highlight our commitment and engage staff in a new sense of responsibility for alleviating our impact on the climate and local environmental systems. Activities include an electric bus tour, meat-free food day, internal swap shop and more.
Net zero project lead, Alexander Heron, said: “The net zero team and I are glad to announce our net zero plans for ElectraLink. Making the organisation more climate-friendly and encouraging our colleagues to reduce their individual carbon footprints has been a huge team effort, and I would like to thank ElectraLink’s leadership team for investing resources in this project and their support for doing the right thing for the environment.
“We will achieve net zero emissions in the first half of 2022 through a combination of approaches and hope this will not only contribute to the UK’s decarbonisation efforts but will also make ElectraLink a better company to do business with. The week of net zero-themed activities has involved collaboration across the company, and we are looking forward to enjoying the fun together.”
This pledge is the first industry commitment in the UK requiring science-based targets from its signatories to tackle greenhouse gas emissions within their organisations in line with either a 1.5°C climate change scenario (encouraged) or well below 2°C.
Next year, we will be setting our own unique science-based target to reduce emissions in line with the 1.5°C mark.