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Mitie Publishes E-Book on Business Net-Zero Challenges

Mitie Publishes E-Book on Business Net-Zero Challenges
17 April 2023 | Updated 18 April 2023

FM service provider Mitie has released an e-book that reveals the five biggest challenges for businesses wanting to reach net-zero.

Cost remains a key barrier and is one of the reasons many organisations are struggling to get their decision-makers on board with decarbonisation initiatives. For others, conflicting interests across the organisation present a real challenge.  

The insights paper, “How to succeed at decarbonisation: Help your organisation overcome the five biggest challenges to net-zero” considers cost, conflicting interests, credibility and board-level buy-in.

Mike Sewell, Plan Zero Director, Mitie, said: “There’s never been a more intense focus on decarbonisation, yet we often see our clients face the same barriers to implementing their net-zero plans. Based on the experience we’ve gained over the past decade, this e-book captures the most important elements to consider, and helpful guidance to organisations on their decarbonisation journey. With the race to net zero well underway, time is certainly of the essence, making it crucial for organisations to overcome these common barriers.” 




Mitie recommends that businesses optimise what they already have in terms of decarbonisation solutions, starting off with smaller modifications such as upgrading to energy-efficient lighting or adjusting heating controls. The economic climate in the UK has caused some organisations to become more cautious with their net-zero investments, but Mitie points out that some solutions such as solar PV have actually reduced in cost. Financing and funding options are also available for businesses looking to invest in decarbonisation solutions, such as the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.


Making a Credible Business Case


For some organisations, the biggest challenge remains building a compelling business case which gains acceptance at board-level. Mitie recommends that the best approach is to present both the positives of taking action and the potential consequences of inaction. Pointing out consequences such as repetitional damage can provide a compelling argument for making investments in decarbonisation.

The full e-book is free to download here.

Picture: a photograph of a Mitie-branded electric vehicle. Image Credit: Mitie

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 April 2023


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