With the Paris Agreement (COP21), nations defined sustainability targets. It was agreed to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. At COP26, answers to questions of how we will achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement were discussed.
COP26 took place in Glasgow in November 2021, when the world was experiencing unprecedented energy and the climate crisis at a critical juncture in history. This had invited great political, social, and economic attention. COP26 determined how far countries are willing to safeguard the planet and address the irreversible climate change crisis.
While world powers take the lead to protect humanity, it is also the responsibility of every individual and entity inhabiting the planet to safeguard it. Besides, practising sustainability has ripple effects that touch upon things that directly contribute to the welfare of corporations, small businesses, and industries of all kinds. From driving consumer behaviour to swaying the GDP, changing outdated practices will benefit businesses while safeguarding the planet.
Brandenburg’s sustainability efforts started long before sustainability and carbon were at the forefront of businesses’ minds. For the last 18-24 months, due to Governmental pressure and increased attention to the subject with the advent of COP26, businesses started looking into how sustainably they function. Three years ago, we switched our office and factory lights from fluorescent to LED at the UK premises. This resulted in a carbon emission reduction of 69%, surpassing the UN target of a 50% reduction by 2030.
We eliminated foam from our packaging and are currently rethinking various elements of our business to incorporate environmentally friendlier options. Our premises in the UK will be completely shifting to renewable energy sources from 2022, significantly reducing our carbon emissions. We have also pledged to go Net-zero by 2041 in association with the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge.
Brandenburg’s Genus® LED range of fly traps, too, are ahead of its time. They already meet or exceed UN SDG goal 7.3 through at least a 50% reduction in carbon emissions and energy consumption against the target timeline of 2030 while also contributing to SDG 13 for Climate Action. The Genus® LED range is also in compliance with the Minamata Convention. The Minamata Convention is a UN treaty that envisions a mercury-free world and includes targets for phasing out mercury lamps. With our LED fly traps, there is no risk of exposure to toxic mercury, no risk of environmental contamination, and no need for particular disposal measures for the LED lamps.
When businesses worldwide trust Brandenburg with their flying insect control solutions, we are also helping them become sustainable.
One of the significant risks to food safety is contamination, and insects pose a significant threat of food contamination across various stages of the food chain. Each year billions of dollars are lost due to unsafe food, which eventually goes to waste. According to WWF, about 6%-8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced if we stop wasting food^. Stringent fly management, including the use of flying insect control systems, can help eliminate one of the significant sources of food contamination.
While ensuring organisations are fly-free and safe, we are helping them reduce their carbon emissions, consume less electricity, and save on electricity bills, all without compromising quality and efficiency. Brandenburg is a pioneer in innovation and research-driven insect light traps when it comes to being environmentally conscious.