How are Scottish companies utilising sustainable technology to combat climate change?

Certain local businesses have already taken the initiative of implementing sustainable technology to combat climate change

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UNLESS you’re actively ignoring it, it’s hard to disregard the impact that climate change is having on our planet. We all have a role to play in moving to a greener way of living and working, whether that’s at-home changes or buying from responsible companies.

The Scottish government enhanced their climate change legislation in December 2020, with the aim to produce net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. The government has set out to support decarbonisation in the public sector and engage with business and industry on decarbonisation methods.

Certain local businesses have already taken the initiative of implementing sustainable technology to combat climate change and align with Scotland’s world-leading legislation. Here, we look at three Scottish companies using green technology to promote a better future.

The ID Co.

The ID Co. is a fintech company based in Edinburgh. They aim to help customers use bank data to better understand their customers, increase business growth and revolutionise their offerings.

Whilst banking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sustainability, the ID Co. are trying to bring the two things together. The company’s DirectID service aligns with Scottish climate change legislation by initiating the development of tools that further enhance climate considerations, as well as encouraging customers to take a more sustainable approach to their business operations. The DirectID service is a collaboration between The ID Co. and Doconomy – a fintech banking service.

DirectID allows users to generate bank data that outlines business and consumer environmental impacts. The transparency of this data can be used to prompt the continuous development and environmentally sustainable tools that support climate action.

QUICKBLOCK

QUICKBLOCK is a Glasgow-based start-up company that aims to provide sustainable building solutions through the use of flatpack building materials. The compact design means that the materials are easy to transport, thereby reducing greenhouse emissions. With one-fifth of global carbon dioxide emissions coming from the transport sector, this is a great way to make a difference.

Further adding to QUICKBLOCK’s ‘green’ approach is their usage of 100% recycled polypropylene to make building materials. This prevents non-biodegradable plastic from otherwise polluting landfills by putting them to better use. The flatpack building materials also require no additional tools or construction experience to assemble, meaning that customers won’t need to buy any new equipment to get started.

Pawprint

Pawprint is an employee engagement application launched by Edinburgh-based founder, Christian Arno. It aims to support employees looking to combat climate change by providing them with a tool to organise their climate strategies and targets.

The platform allows users to monitor their carbon footprint and compare it to that of their friends and family. This paves the way for a more eco-conscious community that becomes ever-increasingly aware of their need to reduce their environmental impact.

Upon reducing their carbon footprint, platform users can benefit from app rewards. There is a competitive component to these rewards so that users can encourage friends and colleagues to join the race towards a more sustainable future.

To sum up

There are several sustainable technology solutions Scottish companies can use to help reduce climate change. This blog demonstrates how three companies in Scotland are using their platforms and initiative to source new ways of supporting Scotland’s green legislation. With the new legislation only announced in 2020, we can expect to see more sustainable technology implementations by businesses over the next few years.

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