BT, Land Securities, and Marks & Spencer are finding that initiatives such as Science Based Targets are helping them motivate workers in a bottom-up battle to save energy
Interventions to change staff behaviour can deliver significant energy and carbon savings for companies, yet employee engagement remains an under-utilised asset when it comes to meeting corporate sustainability goals. A 2013 survey from the Carbon Trust found that just 23% of employees had been asked to help save energy at work by their managers, while only 22% felt confident that they knew what energy actions to take.
Back then, the Carbon Trust highlighted a £300m opportunity for British companies who could ignite low-carbon behaviour change, but a recent npower study puts this figure much higher – it estimates up to £860m of cost savings are now up for grabs, cutting business energy use by over 8,400 GWh.
These projections have added significance given that target-setting is growing increasingly sophisticated. Many companies are now adopting Science-Based Targets, aligning their carbon emissions reductions with the latest climate science. Strategically this requires a longer-term approach and for many the development of new technologies and operational practices – something that deeper levels of staff engagement can catalyse.
Land Securities is one of the first companies to have its science-based target approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative....