As part of the company’s bid to be a part of the government’s gigabit voucher scheme: Project Gigabit, and to achieve its CHAS accreditation, Lightning Fibre has published its Carbon Reduction Plan; demonstrating their willingness to support a greener future in the UK.
This requires Lightning Fibre to reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions as close to zero as operationally possible by 2050. The company must be committed to using carbon offsetting/sequestration to mitigate its remaining operational emissions (residual emissions from essential business operations), therefore ensuring Net Zero Carbon emissions are achieved, not later than 2050.
This move comes as a response to the UK government’s recently announced target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Lightning Fibre is among the first broadband providers in the UK to commit to this target and join the fight against climate change.
Lightning Fibre is a provider of modern full fibre broadband based in the South East, offering speeds up to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps). The provider has a mission to make high-speed internet available to everyone and is led by a passionate team of locally based staff. The company has expanded rapidly over the past year and will soon service more than 100,000 homes and businesses across the South East. Lightning Fibre is committed to saving energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and contributing to a greener future.
What are Lightning Fibre’s plans for net zero carbon emissions?
Lightning Fibre is currently in the process of developing their Net Zero Carbon Strategy and defining interim targets that we will set, aligned with their commitment to become Net Zero by 2050. They recognise that to achieve Net Zero they will have to mitigate their residual GHG emissions(i.e., those from essential operation of the company) through carbon offsetting and/or sequestration mechanisms.
The trajectories outlined in the Carbon Reduction Plan present a reduction pathway aligned with the 1.5°C Warming Scenario outlined by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) Absolute Contraction Approach, which will act as a benchmark to compare our GHG emissions against. This approach is designed to provide a reduction trajectory which is aligned with the most ambitious published climate science and the aims of the Paris Agreement.
Tangible steps have already been taken at the two locations in Eastbourne that Lighting Fibre make use of for their operations. The recent installation of 6 electric vehicle charging points will enable the company’s fleet of vehicles to move over to EV in the near future. They are also upgrading the air conditioning units on their new Eastbourne offices to help them achieve net zero admissions. Small steps like installing recyclable water fountains will make a difference and encourage staff to look after their immediate environment too, further reducing the environmental impact of the company.
Lightning Fibre’s commitment to reducing its carbon emissions is an important step in the fight against climate change. As a company that is heavily dependent on energy, reducing its carbon footprint is essential if it is to contribute to the global goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The measures that Lightning Fibre is taking will not only benefit the environment, but will also benefit its customers, by helping Lightning Fibre qualify for the government’s gigabit voucher scheme: Project Gigabit.
Lightning Fibre has set an example for other broadband providers by committing to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is an important step in the fight against climate change and one that all companies should all be striving towards.
We can all help to reduce our carbon footprint by making small changes to our lifestyle and investing in more energy-efficient products and services. As individuals, we can all help to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to achieving net zero carbon emissions. Simple steps like switching to renewable energy sources, reducing energy consumption, and investing in energy-efficient products, can go a long way. Switching to a Full Fibre internet connection, like the one Lighting Fibre provides, can also help by enabling more people to work from home.
If you would like to find out more about Lighting Fibre’s Carbon Reduction plan you can read about it on the website www.LightningFibre.co.uk.