Following the conclusion of the COP26 summit in Glasgow late last year, like many businesses, Cirrus Research has been reflecting on how it does things and considering what it can do to minimise its environmental impact and that of its customers.
In 2021, Cirrus Research became one of the world’s first businesses to join the SME Climate Hub, pledging to halve their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with a longer-term view of reaching net-zero by 2050. The Cirrus Research team has also been exploring ways to help customers and the broader market have confidence that they’re working with an organisation that shares their ambitions to do as much as possible to safeguard the planet.
Throughout COP26, many climate activists highlighted that people expect more than just promises of action. People want to see evidence of progress, which is the exact reason why Cirrus Research has begun an open discussion about what it is already doing, what it plans on doing, and things it’s considering moving forward.
Cirrus Research is passionate about protecting the environment from all forms of pollution. Throughout its 50-year history, it has helped organisations worldwide safeguard against noise pollution. Now, it’s time for everyone to work together to minimise the devastating effects of climate change. As well as minimising its own impact, Cirrus Research hopes to help you and your organisation minimise yours.
The 15-year warranty – protecting your investment; reducing our carbon footprint
Cirrus Research’s 15-year warranty has become synonymous with the brand, setting it apart from its competition. It protects the significant investment you make in your noise measurement equipment from all accidental damage, ensuring that no matter what happens, you’re covered for the lifetime of the product.
It also helps protect the planet by reducing the carbon footprints of both Cirrus Research and your business. Every instrument repaired under the warranty scheme is an instrument saved from being thrown away and replaced. And every instrument that isn’t replaced saves on the physical resources and energy required to manufacture it. It’s a simple thing that has a significant impact and feeds directly into Cirrus Research’s “reduce, reuse, repair and recycle” philosophy.
Internal behaviours – changing how Cirrus Research does things
Most people have made changes to how they do things at home, whether it’s swapping old filament bulbs for LEDs, adding a compost bin to the garden for food waste, or only running the dishwasher every other night. So, it stands to reason that these behaviours should cross over to the workplace.
Cirrus Research has established an internal Sustainability Action Group, whose responsibility is to help affect internal change to reduce the business’s carbon footprint. The company aims to make small but wide-reaching changes to reduce its environmental impact moving forward into 2022.
Thinking about longer-term changes
Cirrus Research’s Sustainability Action Group also discussed longer-term changes the business wants to make. As CEO Daren Wallis recognises, although some changes require significant investment, the scale of the climate emergency demands action to suit: “We’ve always been environmentally conscious. We’ve helped airports, motorsport venues, and music festivals monitor and control noise pollution for the last five decades.
“I think the recent IPCC report into climate change was a stark wake-up call to all of us and brought the scale of the challenge into sharp focus. I am determined for Cirrus Research to do whatever it can to minimise its environmental impact, as well as being a partner our customers can trust to help reduce theirs. Yes, some of the things we want to do are expensive, and in the shadow of the ongoing Covid pandemic, the last thing many businesses want to do is spend more money. But I firmly believe that the scale of the challenge demands a suitable response, and we face no greater threat than the one posed by the climate emergency.”
Cirrus Research has recently decided to begin phasing out printed product manuals and other documentation readily available online, which will reduce the business’s carbon footprint significantly.
We are quickly approaching the point at which it may be too late to fend off the worst effects of global climate change. It falls to everyone and every business to ensure that they do absolutely everything they can to protect the planet. Cirrus Research aims to lead the noise measurement and health and safety industry, and their action starts today.
The promise to all Cirrus Research customers, whether new or old, is that by choosing red, you’re helping your business go green.