Nationwide, the UK financial institution and the world’s largest building society, is using an online tool developed by the Carbon Trust aimed at changing the behavior of its 15,000 employees, in an effort to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions.
The tailor-made online tool is based on the Carbon Trust’s Empower, an interactive employee program that focuses on saving energy through simple behavioral changes.
Carbon Trust launched Empower earlier this year. The program is designed to help communicate to employees how small actions, such as switching off monitors and lights, can make a big difference across the organization. It includes a savings calculator that companies can use to determine their potential carbon and energy savings.
Nationwide is the first business to create its own version of the Empower tool. The building society’s version will feature virtual representations its operations, such as retail locations and call centers. Employees will receive energy efficiency tips tailored specifically for the company as well as suggestions on transportation options for getting to and from work, details on teleconferencing and recommendations on how to take action in their own homes.
Employees will be encouraged to outline how they will cut carbon and will be provided with additional learning tools, such as quizzes and myth-busters, to help them achieve those goals.
Nationwide will design its employee recommendations to complement the company’s wider efforts to reduce carbon throughout its operations. The bank is primarily focused on it branches, administration centers and data centers, which account for the vast majority of its direct emissions.
The Carbon Trust and Credit360 announced this month they were developing a carbon management software system designed to let companies track and manage value chain emissions. The first product, the Value Chain Hotspotter, will allow companies to quickly estimate carbon intensive areas of their value chains. The tool covers seven Scope 3 categories.