Your Business Waste & Renewable Energy Discussed by 1st Choice Waste
More and more businesses are focusing on their green credentials and knowing everything you need to know about Business Waste & Renewable Energy is a great place to start when you are making plans.
Ensuring you use an ethical and green waste management company like 1st Choice Waste is essential to support your business journey and we commit to supporting you to ensure as much of your waste as possible is converted into renewable energy using our biomass boiler.
Why is converting your business waste into energy good for your businesses and the environment?
Things are getting slightly better and the world seems to be taking notice that we need to reduce the amount of waste we are producing, however, we all still have a long way to go and a lot more to do to stop climate change in its rapid state. In an ideal world, we would have minimal or no waste at all, however, this is a very long way off, if not completely unrealistic. We have talked previously about the 4 R’s of waste which is now more important than ever; refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle but what more can businesses do?
We know that some items of waste just can’t be recycled, however, if they can’t be recycled then a lot of time they can go to energy recovery and be converted to energy rather than be dumped in toxic landfill sites.
Converting your waste into energy provides a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way of disposing of waste, avoiding landfill, whilst producing energy as a last resort. This reduces the reliance on fossil fuels as well as working towards improving your businesses environmental credentials by supporting you in achieving a zero-to-landfill status.
How Does 1st Choice Waste Convert Your Business Waste Into Energy?
Biomass is a renewable energy source that is created from natural or once-living material. Materials that can be burned in a biomass boiler include; wood pellets, wood, branches, roots, grass clippings, manure, crops and some other types of waste.
It is an extremely versatile renewable energy source as it can be used to generate both heat and electricity, and can be used in combined heat and power units as well as being used as liquid fuel for the automotive industry. It can provide energy for homes, businesses, communities as well as creating steam which can drive wind and tide turbines.
In summary, biomass converts unwanted waste from homes and businesses into energy and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions in two different ways:
Heat and electrical energy are generated, reducing the dependence on power plants and fossil fuel sites which create huge and dangerous amounts of greenhouse gases
Greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced by preventing methane emissions from landfill sites where the waste would be otherwise dumped which can take thousands of years to degrade whilst all the time producing dangerous methane gas
Biomass energy is an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel which has dramatically changed the world’s climate. Research has shown that using a renewable energy source such as biomass bioenergy can reduce an individual’s or businesses carbon footprint by over 80%.
See our biomass FAQ’s here.
What are the benefits of Converting your Business Waste to Energy?
If your business isn’t disposing of its waste in an environmentally friendly and ethical manner then you will be missing out on a lot of tangible and workable benefits, not only for your business but for the future of the world we live in.
Improvement of Environmental Credentials
More and more businesses want to understand other businesses, suppliers, or customers’ environmental credentials and what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint before committing to working with them. Improving your businesses environmental credentials will not only be likely to increase your customers and relationships but will also have a very positive impact and strengthen your brand.
Lower Waste Disposal Costs
Recycling your waste in an environmentally friendly way is crucial alongside reducing your waste and reusing it wherever you can. You can mitigate some of the costs of your businesses’ waste disposal by using a waste management business much like 1st Choice Waste who offer a waste brokerage service. Waste Brokerage means any waste they can recycle or pass to another company to reuse you get paid for. This payment can then contribute towards reducing your waste management costs as well as improving your businesses environmental credentials.
Find out everything you need to know about Waste Brokerage here.
Producing less, waste and recycling using an environmentally friendly waste management company like 1st Choice Waste Management will save your business money in the short and long term.
The fossil fuels we are all currently burning will not last forever. If we all move to using as well as converting our waste into renewable energy sources then it will protect our future and how your business is able to continue to operate years down the line.
Stable & Consistent Energy Costs
As with anything when it comes to supply and demand fossil fuel prices change in line with market demand. When supply exceeds demand, prices fall, however, when demand exceeds supply, much like fossil fuels now, the cost of it increases. If we continue to burn as much fossil fuel as we are across the world then our supply will reduce and will eventually stop so we all need a different alternative. Renewable energy sources aren’t subject to the same price rises as fossil fuels because their supply is constant and renewable.
Sometimes generating your own renewable energy isn’t an option for your business, however, you can still work towards your businesses green credentials in two ways.
- Consider a green energy tariff to help stabilise your energy costs. Some energy suppliers only source their energy from renewable sources, so opting for them means none of the energy you use comes from fossil fuels
- Use a waste management company like 1st Choice Waste who have a biomass boiler and who convert your waste into renewable energy which is then fed back into the main electricity grid
Future Renewable Energy Expertise
Switching to a renewable energy source sooner rather than later will give you a head start in renewable energy expertise. As time progresses your business will become greener and you will become more efficient in regards to your waste and energy usage. Being ahead of the game will futureproof your business.
Available Government Grants & Subsidies
There are a large number of subsidies available for businesses that are using renewable energy. Ofgem delivers renewable energy and social programmes on behalf of the UK government. Their expertise lies in designing, setting up and delivering large scale programmes in the sustainable energy sector. These programmes are in fields as diverse as renewable heat, renewable electricity, energy efficiency and fuel poverty.
You can find everything you need to know about the subsidies available for business here.
As an example:
The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme is a government programme designed to promote the uptake of renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.
Duty Payment Exemption (Climate Change Levy) (CCL)
This is a government levy tax on the energy used by businesses which are added to your business energy bills. The levy tax is paid on all non-renewable energy used and is applicable to all businesses in the UK, regardless of who their energy supplier is. The climate change levy gives you reductions in these taxes and is a worthwhile investigation as to how much it can save your business in the short and long term.
You can find out everything you need to know about the different subsidies here.
1st Choice Waste Management
At 1st Choice Waste Management, we take being green and recycling extremely seriously. Every waste material that can be recycled or converted to energy in our Biomass Boiler is and as a green waste management company we will work alongside you to help you understand your business waste and what you can do to reduce it.
Ben works for the marketing team at 1st Choice Waste Management, he has a passion for marketing and helping businesses to grow.