Sustainability in Hull – Cutting Carbon Emissions With ESG Reporting

Sustainability in Hull

The city of Hull is responding to the climate crisis in a proactive manner – encouraging local businesses, residents and the community to mobilise and reflect on ways how we can collectively lower our carbon emissions and become a greener, more sustainable city. 

Read on to discover how our hometown plans to make a difference, and how Axiom can help your business be a part of this change.

Although we provide our services to clients across the UK, our operations are based in Hull – and we’re proud to call this historic city our home! 

In addition to the diverse range of innovative businesses, Hull boasts a strong social and environmental awareness and is fast establishing itself as a city that cares not only about its people but the environment, too.

The city has taken a serious, proactive approach to the challenges that climate change is presenting across the globe and has acted by creating strategies that encourage businesses and those living here to lower emissions and be more environmentally aware.

For example, the Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy and Shorter Challenges Documents were approved by the Councils Cabinet in April last year. These are built around eight key themes that require focused action on decarbonisation not just by the city’s institutions, but also by businesses, community, voluntary sections and residents:

To help achieve carbon neutrality in less than a decade, Hull are calling on the views of the people who make up the city for examples and suggestions of what they should be doing. This is a fantastic opportunity to drive real change and see what can be achieved through collective mobilisation – and one way to make a difference is through your own business.

A Greener Future – Progress so Far

Progress towards a sustainable future within the city is already being made and is evident through the development and investment put into projects within the area. 

This includes a recent investment of £186 million by Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP) into the planned expansion of Hull’s offshore blade factory, and the wider Green Port Hull development. The plant is already the largest offshore blade factory in the UK, and will help to further cement the city at the centre of the renewable energy sector.

At the same time, there are ambitious plans to create the world’s biggest hydrogen plant with carbon capture and storage technology near the city – as Hull looks to lead the way to a sustainable future. 

Other examples can be seen through the Energy Works Research Academy, a power plant research academy in partnership with the University of Hull and a 25m investment into Kingston Parklands, an internationally renowned business park. 

This is significant as their focus is on the renewable energy sector and environmental technologies which will drive the Humber Estuary’s future economy and success.

Other notable mentions include a £200m investment led by the Environment Agency into local flood infrastructure, and a £1.2m budget set aside by Hull City Council to implement LED lighting to save energy and reduce maintenance and revenue costs. A comprehensive overview of these developments can be read here. 

Working Together 

A greener future can only be achieved by working together in partnership and coming together for the greater good.

For this to happen it’s essential we all play our part in lowering our emissions and carbon footprint and thinking about how we can live in a more sustainable way.

For businesses, this means examining our operations to identify areas that could be improved, and actively looking to change practices that are damaging to the planet or people.

From finding ways to be more energy efficient and raising awareness through to fostering new relationships with ethically minded organisation – each business in our city must take responsibility for their operations. If we all work together, we can help Hull reach its Net Zero target by the deadline.

Sustainability and the Supply Chain

We believe that the supply chain is an important component of sustainability agenda In addition to securing a greener future, implementing sustainable procurement can also improve productivity, cut costs and increase the overall efficacy of your business’s operations. 

A switch to a more sustainable supply chain also keeps you on track to achieving your business’s own personal environmental goals. Whether you’re looking to achieve Net Zero or improve your ESG reporting process and credentials – the supply chain is also a great place to focus on.  

Helping Hull Achieve – Now and in the Future

Helping businesses make the right decisions is at the heart of what we do, and we’re committed to making a sustainable supply chain accessible for all businesses. We’ve helped numerous organisations – including forward thinking local organisations – to advance their commitment to sustainability and reduce their impact on the planet. 

We’re also passionate about sharing our expertise and experience at events locally and farther afield, most recently at the highly successful Waterline Summit late last year, where we explored why businesses need to demonstrate green credentials and what this means in practice.

Get in Touch

To drive sustainable change, it’s vital that a business can measure and monitor its progress. 

Axiom is an intuitive, all in one ESG reporting and sustainability monitoring platform – providing you with a complete set of tools that enable your organisation to obtain full visibility over sustainability performance. Through specialist software such as our Supply Chain Emissions Calculator, we can use your spend data to calculate your carbon output, whilst collaborating with you to consolidate a clear, achievable plan that will improve this in the future.

To find out how we can help, or to book a free demo – please contact us here.

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