Unitronix has been thinking about an environmental policy page for a number of years, however it has always been put to one side in favour of other more pressing tasks. This I feel is pretty much the defacto standard response of all people, companies and governments around the world. As a certain young person in Switzerland said recently, everyone talks about doing something, but nothing actually happens.
So Unitronix is going to start now, on what we should have started years ago, an engineering approach to looking at our carbon footprint and practical things we can do to reduce it. We are going to be publishing this as we go on our website and I will be involved in writing our posts, publishing the things we are doing and the things we find out. This communication will not be a particularly formal affair, we don't have time to make this in to some sort of corporate communications nonsense, its just going to be rough and ready, looking at what we are investigating, finding out, doing, and the results that we see.
Bullet Point Break down
Companies, organisations, be they big or small, could do a lot more to help the environment.
Small organisations like Unitronix can make a difference.
Our initial focus to start with is solar power.
Companies use power during the day, so are potentially ideal for solar installs. IE the pay back time is shorter than for domestic installs.
If enough small companies located in business parks and industrial areas, all started installing solar, and those installs can link up on micro grids, then the actual effectiveness ratio of the solar installs is magnified. Cluster solar together and you get a better renewable input into the overall local power system.
Micro grids have the potential to dramatically increase the effectiveness of every solar install in an area.
Our Immediate task list:
1). Mark, our technician, is installing a power-usage meter in our premises.
2). Madi or Marketing Coordinator is talking to the owners of our building to check we are OK to install on the roof.
3). Paul, our Operations Manager, is talking to our power provider to discuss what they offer in the way of solar install services.
4). Myself and Richard, our Marketing person, will be drawing up the straw-man outline covering the broader scope of this initiative including;
Use of air travel in the company, how many miles do we fly a year, can we reduce this and be more effective through use of ICT and / or driving.
Can we do crazy things like buy a 100 trees a year and then go around planting them in the local area. Will the council get upset if they suddenly have trees popping up everywhere.
What is the law pertaining to planting trees any were we see a nice space?
Re-initiate our NOMAD Electric vehicle R&D program. We actually started this 4 years ago, but could not find any interest at the time, things might be different now so we want to look at this again. The NOMAD is a small military vehicle that fits in to a Chinook helicopter. They are used for all sorts of Military applications, medivac, re-supply, that sort of thing . What we want to look at is, rip out the diesel motor and gearbox, replace with 4 x hub motors and some new battery tech coming out of the USA, utilise a hydrogen fuel cell in a direct charging plant closed system and document the types of capability profiles that a vehicle like this could provide in an operational scenario.
Thats were we are as of 30th Jan 2020, I will be updating this post on our website as we go.