With Christmas less than a week away, 2016 is almost at a close, bringing a year of important and exciting developments in the sustainability sector to an end.
Between the outputs of the COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh and a growing emphasis on the need for greater energy efficiency and the potential improvements in the built environment by the International Energy Agency, 2016 has been a year during which sustainability and energy management concerns remained at the forefront of international attention. The recent interest in science based targets and increased participation in GRESB in turn demonstrate growing awareness of the importance of sustainability in the real estate sector.
The outcome of the EU referendum in the UK, the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the election of Donald Trump to the post of president of the United States all, however, continue to raise concerns about the outlook of environmental regulation and the scope for coordinated efforts to combat climate change. The close of 2016 thus leaves us with a range of sustainability commitments, opportunities and challenges to address in the coming year.
On behalf of EVORA we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to helping you to stay informed about important developments and supporting you as you navigate the sustainability challenges and opportunities that 2017 is set to bring.
For those committed to keeping up their energy and resource efficiency efforts over the festive periods, see below for a number of tips for the festive period:
- Turning down the thermostat: Reducing the heating temperature by 1°C degree between Christmas and new year could reduce the average office energy usage by up to 8% and save enough energy to roast 108 Christmas turkeys.
- Switching off all non-essential appliances such as monitors, chargers and printers in the average office over the festive period could save enough energy to power 137,934 TVs during the Queen’s Christmas speech.
- Switching off or turning down non-essential lighting: In the average office, switching off non-essential lighting over the festive period could save enough energy to light up 12,163 LED Christmas trees lights for a day.
Would you like to know more about the sustainability challenges and opportunities that 2017 is set to bring? Please get in touch.