The route to net-zero

How can businesses achieve decarbonisation through greener fuels and new energy sources while managing their existing legacy infrastructure to reduce their environmental impact?

As the world looks to reduce its impact on the climate, the Government has designed the ten-point plan to help us achieve net-zero and promote a green recovery. Whether your business is transport, utilities, food manufacture, telecoms, banking, data storage or even renewable energy, to meet ongoing legislation you will need to diversify your energy infrastructure and investment. 

Maintenance of legacy infrastructure

There are a lot of uncertainties with net-zero. But what we do know is the world won’t change overnight. Businesses are trying to keep legacy infrastructure going to see them through to new technologies. You need a partner that can support you with the technology of today and can prepare you for the future, designing a strategy of maintenance, testing and inspection that fits around your unique decarbonisation journey. An evolving programme of infrastructure maintenance, testing and inspection will ensure your operation remains safe, compliant and cost effective.

Environmental protection strategies

Today’s risks are ever present and accentuated by the presence of aging infrastructure. Rightly, investment should be made in new technologies that will support the net-zero future. But aging infrastructure leads to a higher risk of emergencies such as fuel leaks and tank failures. Equally, a net-zero future is not risk free, there are simply new environmental risks at play. As we move our reliance from carbon-based fuels to low carbon alternatives to decarbonise and meet net-zero targets, you need a strategy to protect the assets you already have, while evaluating and accommodating the new risks, to ensure our greener future isn’t marred by environmental disaster.

Decommissioning legacy infrastructure

When you are ready to embrace the new and let go of the old, an efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible approach to decommissioning demands a wide-ranging team of experts – from geo-environmental specialists and DSEAR-qualified demolition engineers, to skilled project managers, who co-ordinate the entire operation. A skilled partner will ensure every decommission is responsibly managed from first inspection to final handover, protecting assets, investments, and business growth – and the vital natural resources they’re built upon.

Designing and installing net-zero infrastructure

Whether you are looking at diversifying your infrastructure into electric vehicle charging or hydrogen fuel cells, you need to understand your existing legacy hydrocarbon infrastructure and use this knowledge to ensure your operation remains safe and compliant. As we transition the risks become more complicated to manage. A specialist will work with you to develop a strategy to transition your energy through design and installation of new assets / systems.

Conclusion

The road to net-zero is certainly not without its challenges. Legacy infrastructure will not simply switch off and so requires careful management. Equally, new energy technology requires new thinking. Working with an environmental risk reduction specialist with a full suite of turnkey solutions will help you plan your decarbonisation strategy, so your operation remains, safe, compliant, and cost effective.