Today we are very lucky to have a guest blogger on our webiste. Ruby Clarkson is a freelance writer who is passionate about our planet and the animals that we share it with. When she is not writing, she is either out in the garden or wrapped up in a blanket with a good book. Accompanied by a bar of chocolate of course. Read on to learn from Ruby about London’s green landmarks.
Global warming is having an increasingly noticeable effect on our planet and scientists warn that there will be irreversible damage to our environment, if we don’t take action now to reduce carbon emissions and associated pollution.
In response to this, many of London’s most popular landmarks and attractions are going green to help minimise harmful emissions and show their support for sustainable practices. For instance, the National History Museum invested in a new Combined Heat and Power system to help reduce energy as part of London’s Green500 carbon reduction scheme. While the London Eye has minimised carbon emissions by introducing a new LED lighting system which has effectively reduced its energy use by a massive 69%.
Other famous landmarks have embraced renewable energy or switched to energy efficient appliances in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment.
With this in mind, here are some of the key ways that London’s top sight-seeing attracting are improving their eco-credentials.
Energy performance assessment
In June 2018, it was revealed that the government department that runs energy policy throughout the UK have offices located in buildings, including London, that are far from energy efficient. Four of the eleven offices were discovered to have a G rating – the lowest of an energy performance certificate (EPC). While this does not set the best example for businesses across London and the UK, businesses owners are not actually following suit, and instead are doing what they can to improve their rating.
An EPC can be used to check the energy performance of any commercial property. The building is assessed by an accredited energy expert and then given a rating from A to G (with A being the most energy efficient). An EPC also provides businesses with recommendations on how to make their building more energy efficient with improvements such as – replacing old windows and doors, installing more insulation, and upgrading to energy efficient appliances, something that the Energy Ministry’s London offices have claimed to be working on.
These improvements will reduce environmental harm and could also save businesses significant amounts of money in the long run through the energy-saving benefits. Many businesses in the capital have a London EPC carried out to help them identify ways to become more energy efficient.
Reducing waste and recycling are important ways to minimise carbon emissions and associated environmental harm. ZSL London Zoo recently unveiled a huge 16-ft building made entirely from discarded plastic to help raise awareness of the growing issue of plastic pollution. The building was constructed from 15,000 discarded single-use bottles collected in and around the city. Inside the building, Londoners could find helpful tips and advice on how to become more eco-friendly and reduce environmental harm. ZSL London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo stopped using disposable plastic bottles back in 2016, as part of their campaign to protect the oceans and reduce plastic pollution. Many other London businesses have started to embrace a zero-waste policy. For instance, the Bulk Market started as a small pop-up stall in Hackney but has now becoming a permanent business thanks to huge support from the local community.
Many of London’s famous landmarks have embraced renewable energy over the years in a bid to reduce harmful emissions and improve their eco-credentials. Solar power is one of the most popular forms of renewable energy in the UK; many of the capitals businesses have installed solar panels as a means of creating their own clean energy source, while visibly demonstrating their support for sustainable practices. What’s more, it is actually possible to generate money from solar panels in the long run, making it a popular investment option for many London businesses. Having solar panels means that businesses no longer have to worry about increasing energy prices; plus they will enjoy access to what is essentially a free energy source once the installation fees have been paid off. This has made solar power an attractive green energy source for many London businesses, including some of the cities best-known landmarks.
Many of London’s popular landmarks have had renovations over the years to make them more energy efficient. For example, some of the capitals most famous bridges are now being lit by low-energy LED lights – Tower Bridge had a complete LED makeover back in 2012 to cut energy use by 40%. LEDs were also used within the Olympic Stadium to create a dramatic yet energy efficient lighting effect. Other famous buildings have had renovations that focus on reducing energy usage by improving insulation or upgrading old windows and doors. These improvements help make buildings more energy efficient and reduce harmful carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
The planet is becoming increasingly vulnerable and people are now more aware of their environmental impact. Many of London’s most famous landmarks are looking for ways to improve their eco-credentials and reduce pollution, through adopting sustainable practices such as embracing renewable energy, reducing waste, and carrying out energy improvements.