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Flexi move toward net carbon zero by 2030

At Flexi Group we have been busy with research, planning and steps toward our net zero carbon commitment by 2030

By sharing our approach we hope to simplify and inspire others that may feel overwhelmed as to where to start, because we understand that working together within and across our industries will help to solve these issues with greater solutions to zero carbon even sooner.

The Key take-outs:

The focus is on ‘cities’ as a system, or ‘hub’ that needs to work together to make the carbon changes to have a real impact. All providers in the supply-chain need to play their part, to enable change at a pace, scale and then integrate this together to address pressing global challenges to the environment and health.

Map your current carbon footprint now, then create a vision, understand your science-based targets needed to deliver the vision and communicate this. Flexi Group have initiated their current carbon footprint mapping and the summary detail can be found below.

Energy systems and buildings need to dramatically reduce their energy demand, transport systems require radical overhaul. Modular build is one important part of the solution.

We can produce many of our products within the UK’s first carbon-neutral off-grid production facility. The solar farm will save 165,000 tonnes of carbon over the next 25 years and produces clean renewable electricity to power approximately 3,545 homes.

The recent University College London (UCL) Report shares the issues that need to be overcome to reach net zero carbon:

  • Cities are fragmented and not moving fast enough to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and address the associated health challenges.

  • Heating, cooling, lighting and using appliances in buildings account for around 40% of energy consumption in the EU, and a similar level of CO2 emissions. The greatest single contribution to these emissions is from heating residential properties. Source: https://bit.ly/UCLNetZeroCarbon

The solution- Working together to make fundamental changes to a city’s infrastructure, by utilising our expertise at Flexi Group UK in supplying modular solutions - Flexi Stair, Flexi Edge Balconies. We are working with our partner supply-chain to help us drive transport and other carbon producing activities down in our processes.

Flexi Stair

Flexi Edge Balcony

We are talking to our steel suppliers, for instance, even if it is higher cost, questioning the benefit of a lower cost materials, versus paying a little bit more and getting a steel provider closer to manufacture here in Essex, at a slightly higher price.

Working with clients to deliver more components on a single transport, versus multiple deliveries.

Our focus at Flexi Group is to provide solutions which solves many of these issues by reducing the energy demands, reduces transport impacts in the cities within our manufacturing and supply-chain.

Net zero carbon by 2030 - Setting a vision for any organisation is a critical first step. Net zero carbon means, we reach net zero, when we produce, no more than the amount taken away. These goals guide us to significantly reduce our absolute emissions and find ways to offset any residual carbon emissions - so there’s no net increase in CO2.

Mapping the current carbon footprint - By understanding our current carbon footprint which understands our emissions provides a credible net zero commitment. We are currently working with a Cambridge University graduate on mapping out our carbon footprint and understanding our goals with quick wins and longer-term strategies to action.

Flexi Group have worked with the Cambridge University to map our current carbon footprint and key drivers across: raw materials supply, transportation and manufacturing across our key production sites and the installation process. We are currently comparing each stage of the process compared to industry standards and other building processes to focus our key KPIs and targets.

UK’s first carbon-neutral off-grid production facility - We can also produce many of our products within our partner company’s carbon-neutral off-grid production facility. The solar farm will save 165,000 tonnes of carbon over the next 25 years and produces clean renewable electricity to power approximately 3,545 homes.

The anaerobic digester produces energy from organic matter for the production facility and produced enough electricity to power 619 homes per day and thermally heat approximately 150 homes per day.

Science-based targets - The targets are a set of goals developed by a business to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They help businesses look ahead and work out how and where to focus, when it comes to emissions reduction.

Project collaborative solutions - by working within City projects to reduce carbon, like that which our partner brand Alloy Fabweld achieved on the K1/K1 Wood Wharf Floating Pavilions.

By working with their supply partners to create a new sustainable and healthy hub within the Wharf. By manufacturing the structures within our 100% green-energy production facilities. The main energy is from their Combined Heat and Power (CHP) network. All toward the target of a BREEAM Excellent rating, ranking the pavilions among the top 10 per cent of buildings in terms of sustainability performance.

We would love to hear what you are planning and already doing on your path to net zero carbon. Together we can do more.

For an informal chat to find out how we can help with your project requirements, contact: 01371 878273, or email Scott@flexigroupuk.com

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