What you can do as an organisation
Solar Together - collective buying scheme for solar panels
From 9 May until the 14 June, if you own your own home and live in Wiltshire you can register to join Solar Together Wiltshire, a group-buying scheme which offers Solar Together with optional battery storage and EV charge points. Small and medium-sized enterprises (non-domestic) and community buildings meeting this requirement can participate as well.
It is free to register and receive a free, no obligation initial recommendation. Once you are registered, the scheme will take you through the process, starting with your personalised recommendation, followed by a full survey and installation if you decide to go ahead.
Wiltshire Council is working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and independent experts iChoosr, to deliver the scheme and make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible.
Calculate your organisation's carbon footprint
Knowing your carbon footprint today gives you a baseline for measuring the improvements you make. In the future more companies may add environmental measures to their tendering process and might require the information from you.
A free business energy survey with detailed recommendations is available to any small and medium sized enterprise in Wiltshire through the Target 2030 programme. Access to 30% grant funding is also available. https://target2030.co.uk/.
Switching to a green energy provider can significantly reduce your organisation's carbon footprint.
For further information about the types of green tariff visit Energy Saving Trust.
Use green web hosting to reduce the impact of all of the data you use.
Reduce energy - Conduct an energy audit to identify where you can reduce usage and cost.
Install energy efficient light bulbs, automatic switch offs and insulation.
Make sustainable commuting easier for your staff, through schemes such as 'Cycle to Work' or a 'lift share' programme or consider whether working from home options could help
Reduce your long-distance journeys and save money by attending conferences online, instead of in person.
Compost the food waste from your kitchens and canteens.
Recycle all of your metals and electronics.
Go paper-light or even better, paper free, by changing your printing habits. "Be Green - Keep it on the screen!"
Wherever possible, make sure that what you buy is sustainably produced and distributed, including stationery, food and equipment.
Spread the word
To ensure greenhouse emissions decrease fast enough we are going to need engage within society. Talking about it encourages others to think about it and spreads the message further.