Striving to “go green” can have a big impact. Eco-conscious consumers today now expect that businesses lead by example and make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Not only can organisations capitalise on financial benefits and boost Return On Investment (ROI), but those who choose to use alternative energy sources, like solar power, report an improved employee satisfaction and added credibility for business because of their leadership with sustainability.


Carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are greenhouse gases (GHGs) are among the many pollutants that contribute to global warming and associated health problems. According to a recent UK survey, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) account for more than 80% of our nation’s greenhouse gases. On the other hand, with solar, this alternative energy source generates electricity by turning photons from the sun into usable energy, and you get clean electricity that does not cause the release of carbon dioxide making it carbon neutral.


Carbon neutral, also called carbon neutrality, is a term used to describe the action of businesses and individuals taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put into it. A carbon offset represents a reduction in carbon dioxide somewhere else, like a renewable energy project, to balance out any emissions you cannot reduce. 

The overall goal of carbon neutrality is to achieve a zero carbon footprint and become as sustainable as possible.

To become carbon neutral, your organisation’s operations would need to be assessed in strict accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (or ISO 14064-1) and offset the resulting emissions through a formally certified carbon credit scheme.

Considering the average British citizen is responsible for 50,000 lbs. of CO2 annually, it’s important to make these efforts to become as carbon neutral as possible.


Compared to other energy sources, renewable energy has substantially less impact on our environment including air and water pollution, water and land usage, global warming emissions, as well as public and wildlife habitat and health 

impacts. According to the EPA, renewables are considered environmentally preferable to conventional sources and, when replacing fossil fuels, have significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Not only is wind the most common source of renewable energy in the UK, it's also one of the most financially viable. This is because the energy is generated the 'free' source that is the power of wind.

Increasing number wind farms are appearing around the country supplying the National Grid, while increasing numbers of small-scale users are choosing to generate their own electricity supply using wind turbines. Wind power is not without controversy however with many protesting about their impact on the landscape. As a result wind power is being increasingly moved to the more expensive but less offensive offshore version.

Installing wind turbines requires planning permission, in addition if more than three turbines are being installed an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required.

Once those obstacles have been overcome however wind is an effective way of generating power. Turbines work well across most of the UK and can operate at wind speeds of just 4 metres per second. That said, the more successful projects are in areas with average wind speeds of at least 7m/s.

For small-scale generators, wind power is one of the more financially 

viable self-generation options and its viability is improving as technology advances.

Your return on investment (ROI) period for large, freestanding turbines is estimated to be between 4-8 years. However, turbine sites are often resisted, and when there’s no wind or wind levels are below optimal, they generate no electricity, so users still need a National Grid back up. GEM ENERGY - For Business Group specialise in wind energy as part of their commitment to green energy and a sustainable environment.


Biomass energy is simply the burning or fermenting of organic material such as wood, straw and other crops.

This makes up some 85% of this country’s renewable energy, although local smoke control regulations limits its adoption in some areas.

Generally speaking, a biomass system will provide a return on your investment (ROI) within 5-12 years, though this can be significantly 

shorter if free waste wood is available, negating the need for initial tree growth. Like wind energy, biomass is not without its controversies with claims being made that healthy trees and not waste wood are being used to generate fuel and that the importation of wood pellets and the like defeats the sustainable objective of renewable energy.

Biomass energy systems can be used in combination with a combined heat and power plant to deliver both electricity and heat.

However while burning biomass releases fewer emissions than fossil fuels, any system must still comply with legislation such as the Clean Air Act.

GEM ENERGY - For Business Group specialise in biomass energy generation through the burning of wood pellets as part of their commitment to green energy and a sustainable environment.


Biomass can also be converted into energy via anaerobic digestion.

This is the process where organic material is broken down by bacteria being starved of oxygen in order to create gas rich in methane that is then burned to generate heat and electricity.

An additional benefit of anaerobic digestion is that the solid waste called digestate can be used as compost.

However an environmental permit is needed for anaerobic digestion of waste and storing biomass fuels can require a great deal of space while finding an adequate supply can also be problematic. Your return on investment (ROI) for anaerobic digestion plants is generally 5-10 years.

GEM ENERGY - For Business Group specialise in anaerobic digestion as part of their commitment to green energy and a sustainable environment.


Need more reasons why renewable energy installation for businesses makes sense? Refer to our infographic, “Financial Benefits of renewable energy Power for Businesses.” Whether you’re a large or small business, we have the solar solutions for your alternative energy needs. Becoming carbon neutral isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Going green can bring benefits to the environment and build a great reputation for your business.

GEM ENERGY - For Business Group is at the forefront of the escalating renewable energy projects, and is considered a leading consulting firm in the renewable energy field providing photo voltaic design and engineering services. We provide you with the best commercial renewable energy designs to maximise output and minimise environmental impacts. GEM ENERGY - For Business Group - have the ability to work nationally without limitations.


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