The global climate summit COP26 brought leaders, campaigners, and even Hollywood stars from countries around the world together to discuss the very real issue of climate change and one thing is universally obvious.  It is only by everyone working together that we can achieve net-zero by 2050 and prevent significant global warming, including serviced offices.

Buildings account for nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, 50% of the world’s energy consumption, and 40% of raw materials.  This is why it is important for serviced offices – whether they’re already built or in the planning stay – to look at the key ways in which they can reduce these emissions, energy consumption, and use of materials wherever possible.

How serviced offices can reduce their carbon footprint

Repurposing existing buildings and structures

The use of existing buildings means that not only are you preventing the need for green areas to be destroyed to make way, but you’re cutting down on the number of raw materials needed.  As maintenance is carried out, using repurposed materials such as bricks and stone instead of sourcing new, and choosing sustainable materials can also help reduce your environmental impact.

Sustainable sources of power

solar power serviced offices

Fossil fuels are a massive contributor to global warming, but they are no longer the only way, or even the norm.  For the first time this year, the use of renewable energy outperformed the use of fossil fuels for powering the UK.  However, only around 40% of the UK is powered by renewable energy and this needs to increase as fossil fuel and nuclear use decline.

Serviced offices can make use of their own renewable energy onsite with solar panels generating electricity to power the building, and building managers can choose suppliers using only renewable energy, in order to cut their use of fossil fuels completely.

Reducing the use of power in general

The amount of power used in general could be reduced, lowering the need for energy production and conserving it for other functions.  In addition to initiatives such as motion sensor lighting – to ensure that lights aren’t in use when rooms aren’t in use – and energy-saving light bulbs are fantastic. But the users themselves can help by monitoring energy use and encouraging people to switch off devices not in use etc.

Reusing rainwater

If there’s something we can rely on in the UK (for now) it’s often the rain.  Harvesting rainwater to use for other functionalities such as flushing toilets and maintaining greenery reduces water use within the serviced office building.

Maintaining green spacesOutside space

Instead of acres of concrete, unused space can be planted with oxygen-generating greenery that also encourages pollinators such as bees to thrive, who will then go on to help to balance the food chain. In addition to this, green spaces have been known to increase the mental wellbeing of those around them, which will include those working within the office spaces.

Tannery Studios – a sustainable choice for serviced offices and studio rental

Built on a converted warehouse surrounded by greenery, using recycled materials, powered by sustainable energy including solar panels, with energy-saving initiatives, and even with toilets flushed with rainwater, at Tannery Studios in Surrey, we’re proud to be reducing our carbon footprint at every turn.  As a result, we attract businesses looking for serviced offices and film studio rental with a sustainable approach.

If you’re a business looking to the future, not only of your company but also the planet, then take the virtual tour of our modern, sustainable building, or get in touch with the team to discuss our environmental initiatives.