- Can this actually be achieved?
There is so much talk amongst many different groups regarding the expectations or the demise of the planet and specifically ‘Climate Change’. I have stated many times before, that I don’t think this can be stopped, but I always follow this up by saying, I honestly believe that we can slow it down. It does concern me that there are many films that show the end of the world as the end of an era. I have recently watched an amazing film by David Attenborough, ‘Life on Our Planet’ which for me, was the only broadcasted film I have ever seen which highlighted our problems but actually provided solutions.
I remember as a young manager of a team, my line manager would always stress to me “please don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions” , this is maybe one of the many things I always remember in my own business and when I work with my teams. I often feel like this when I read articles that just state the problems and never provide a solution and a call to action.
We have a joint climate issue but one of the major problems here is that different groups recognise the problems in their own way and they present it with their own challenges. What they haven’t done is provided a group solution. Their thought out solutions only fix their own issues.
If we all continue to only fix isolated areas, the problem solving issue here will be unbalanced and could possibly not be enough to achieve our main objective of saving our planet. I’m an Energy expert tackling energy consumption and although I report ‘Carbon’, my major focus is reducing kWh and increasing £s on an organisations profits (the green agenda is secondary and a nice one to have).
I strongly believe that there are three main areas of focus here:
- Energy Supply – Renewables and Reduced Carbon
- Energy Management (Where I’m placed)
I find myself sitting in the middle of all of this because I have a common thread with supply and the environment. Over the last 6 months, with exposure to both groups and the ‘Clean Energy Revolution Group’ I have been engaging with experts and can see their work.
I am astounded regarding the passion, the belief and the sheer focus these individuals apply to their sector. The actual academic power of these individuals also amazes me. I have been working with experts in all of these areas over the last 6 months and I have seen a move to bringing these three sectors together where we can hopefully apply some of the three pronged approach.
By working together on the three pronged approach we will obviously see the three solutions starting to balance as we will see a 1+1+1 = 3 rather than 1+1+1 = 2 whereby each prong breaks the other down. Working together and focusing on the end game can only make a difference.
A clear indication about this approach would be to bring organisations closer to delivering both ISO14000 and ISO50001 which will actually formalise this. Both ISO standards have been revised bringing them together regarding the format, thus meaning it will be easier to manage.
The format of the ISO 50001 standard I believe, has a very clear approach to energy management and once you have achieved the standard it makes sense to embrace 14001 which will look after the environment. (Or visa versa – complete ISO14001 first, then ISO50001)
The result of all this hard work and bringing these groups together will be a massive payoff in slowing down ‘Climate Change’ . All of this passion, academia and compassion for our planet would surely impact on a better result.
So what can we all do today…?
Individuals need to focus on what energy they are purchasing (ideally green).
Where meaningfully possible try and be environmentally self sufficient, and embrace energy management, switching off areas you do not need.
Organisations need to focus on the ISO standards to formalise their approach with climate change and look at the overview of a three pronged approach. Buy green, manage their utilities and look to the circular economy to maximise the reduction of waste and improve the environment.
Experts need to work together and maximise their networking into joint groups, sharing their knowledge. I have been embracing this type of networking recently and have found it to be of significant value in both sharing knowledge and absorbing knowledge. I honestly believe that working together will make a significant difference. I was recently in London and witnessed a protest regarding Climate Change. I did try to reach out to the group then but sadly, I think the time is too soon. We can also look to educate ourselves better across all three sectors which is something I have been doing recently.
These three groups really do need to work more closely together to share knowledge and maximise their lobbying but more importantly they need to share their work activities.
We can all make an impact on this, but together, we will make an impact and will make a statement.
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