The Amazon fires have been in the news recently and we can see a movement to help contain and put out these fires from countries all over the world – this has touched many of us and the media has been instrumental of making us all aware
Why is the Amazon fires are in the headlines?
Why is this so important and what has it to do with Carbon and our planets survival?
Did you know: The Amazon Forest produces 25% of our Oxygen, its often called the planets lungs. Any reduction in the carbon produced to the atmosphere has such enormous consequences for global warming. If you go back to our recent CO2 blog you will understand more on how our plant life and there survival is so important to reduce the carbon footprint our lives make on our planet.
So what is a carbon footprint: A carbon footprint is defined by “The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide CO2.”
“In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.” Source
You can calculate your carbon footprint, by calculating the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide) which was induced by our activities in a given time frame – which is usually a year. To give you an idea of the current situation – the average person in the EU emits 11 tonnes of CO2 per during. The ideal carbon footprint should be 2 to 3 tonnes per person annually.
So, we feel an individual’s and businesses carbon footprint is something we should all be thinking and talking about, but more importantly, how can we reduce our carbon footprint?
Bringing the discussion back home and to what we can do on a personal but also on a business level to reduce our carbon footprint, it is only correct.
Starting with the most recent action our team has taken, we no longer permit single use cups in our offices all have been replaced with recyclable cups and bottles. This is a small step but a significant one that all businesses can take.
As one of Ireland’s largest suppliers of LED lighting solutions, we constantly research and implement the latest lighting innovation in our customers installations to increase their impact with the reduction of their businesses carbon footprint.
We provide energy saving statements pre and post LED upgrades within commercial properties so each of our customers are fully aware of what they have achieved to reduce their carbon footprint.
Electric Skyline supplies Public, Sports and Commercial lighting across Ireland. Businesses that make the switch from traditional lighting solutions to the more energy efficient LED lighting are making a reduction in their carbon footprint. There are energy SEAI grants available to businesses which we have a process in place were we help our customers make the most from their grants. We do our upmost to help our customers make the move to LED and yes its for our business but also we are committed to helping businesses make a difference in reducing their carbon footprint which benefits us all.
Electric Skyline has also invested in products that provide other methods of reducing the CO2 we produce through the acquisition of PV Energy which supplies Solar PV Panel Systems and BioEnergy Technology. Click here to read more
Ireland is not meeting it’s targets to reduce our carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 set by the Climate Change Advisory Council, in fact our emissions increased in 2016 by 3.6% which is equal to 2 million tonnes. Source
“Reducing the carbon footprint is not a nice to have, in fact it is a must have. It is with great pride that I know Electric Skyline can help businesses and homes make their impact on reducing the carbon emissions. Our 2025 company plans mark our commitment to reduce Electric Skyline’s carbon footprint and those of their employees. Reducing the CO2 we produce is embedded in the core values, mission and goals of Electric Skyline. And the real beauty of our products is that we can reduce households, public services costs, sports clubs and grounds and businesses energy bills.” said Sean Corcoran, MD Electric Skyline.
Contact us today to find out how we can help your business reduce their carbon footprint and make the switch to LED, Solar and BioMass.