The idea of sustainable business is often associated with expensive projects, remodels, or green renovations. What many people forget while in the office or on the job is that the choices you make and how you use the space, are huge contributors to how much of an impact you make on the environment. Life in the workplace can be machine-like, with everyone adopting habits that are not eco-conscious. For example, some companies leave on lights, computers, and appliances on at all times. Environmentally conscious choices are urged to be made in our homes and everyday life, so why are these practices ignored in the workplace? One way companies are improving workplace efficiency and cutting carbon emissions in the UK is with a carbon-based landlord, through the Low Carbon Workplace (LCW) partnership.
Director of policy at the UK Building Council states that “[Carbon emissions are] as much about how a building is managed and occupied as it is about technical solutions, because energy savings of 5 to 30% can be made through simple no and low cost changes. But to find these savings we need much better information about energy use in the first place, we need a common methodology for measuring it, and we need partnership between landlords and tenants.” That’s where LCW comes in. Low Carbon Workplace partnership designs, builds and manages offices in the UK, for organizations committed to eco-friendly operation. LCW operates as:
- A developer who converts existing office stock to modern, energy-efficient workplaces at competitive rates.
- A building owner who partners with occupiers to obtain high occupant comfort and satisfaction at best-in-class carbon emissions.
- And a carbon advisor, who helps occupiers gain independent certification of low carbon occupancy from the Carbon Trust.
Providing ongoing support in the workplace enables companies to minimize their carbon emissions and strengthen sustainable business practices. LCW has developed an entire carbon regime to govern the practices which affect the office’s carbon footprint. This three part partnership has succeeded with four Low Carbon Workplace Projects so far, and continues to grow as sustainability becomes more vital for economic, social, and environmental success.