Net zero engagement toolkit
Engagement is essential to keep projects running well, overcome challenges quickly and celebrate success in style. Here are some net zero engagement tools for your business:
Help others to understand net zero
Before you start working on net zero projects, make sure everyone in the business is talking the same language. Do all key stakeholders understand what a science based target is? Do they know what zero carbon initiatives your business is taking part in and what this means? Take a look at our ‘Verco explains’ series of bite-sized webinars and videos which briefly explain net zero terminology and initiatives.
Establish roles and responsibilities
Stakeholders throughout the business need to understand their role in the process and the roles of their colleagues too. You might like to download the below documents and share them with colleagues. We break down the challenge of net zero into sectors and roles, giving expert tips and guidance tailored to specialist areas of your business.
The demands of a net zero programme can represent a significant change in responsibilities and introduce new training needs. Is your reporting software going to support your journey to net zero? Our specialist advisors, combined with intuitive user interfaces can help teams to make this transition and build capacity and efficient processes.
A focus on energy saving in your business can start right away and helps ensure that there are continuous and sustained improvements in energy use across the business. Here are five things you can do today as part of a continuous improvement approach to energy saving:
1. Set up an incentivised energy saving idea award scheme
- Your team members and front-line staff have lots of good ideas, but is there a clear channel to capture them?
- Schemes provide a clear process, motivation and recognition to draw out this benefit for example monthly or quarterly prizes for best suggested ideas.
2. Nominate energy champions
- There will be individuals in your team who are especially motivated to save carbon, energy and 'do the right thing'. Identifying and empowering these individuals will facilitate generation of additional ideas and they are more likely to come to fruition.
- Try to appoint one energy champion per key operational area to generate healthy competition.
3. Put energy on the agenda!
- Incorporate energy reviews into existing weekly or monthly operational meetings.
- Use simple metrics that non-technical personnel can understand.
- This has the added benefit that it provides energy champions with a platform to share success stories.
4. Hold an energy ‘Kaizen’
- It has the co-benefits of building team working and forging new inter-departmental relationships.
- Kaizen is a Japanese term which literally means “improvement”. The aim is to get individuals from a broad range of departments and technical capabilities to discuss and produce a list of energy saving ideas.
5. Do a team walk-around
- Sometimes the most effective action is to get down to the shop floor and review ideas that present themselves.
- Choose a different department each month.
- Personnel who are less familiar with plant areas can act as a fresh pair of eyes and identify ideas that might be missed on a day-to-day basis or challenge accepted practices.
- You are likely to uncover some quick wins such as equipment idling whilst not in use or lights on in unoccupied areas.
Our structured ‘Focus on Energy’ programme requires only a low level of investment and delivers a 5-10% utility cost reduction. For more information about our Energy Management and Behaviour Change services, please get in touch.