We have committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our client base by 2028.

Sustainable Energy First has committed to decarbonising the UK’s business carbon footprint by 327,170 tonnes of CO2e by 2028.

“We thought long and hard about the repurposing of our company over several years. We became Sustainable Energy First at the point when we could commit to, and accurately measure, a significant carbon reduction.”

– Anthony Mayall, Chief Commercial Officer

Carbon reduction target

The details

We are looking at a 2.5% absolute reduction per year over the next 5 years for our clients’ scope 1 (direct) and 2 (indirect) GHG emissions, to further support these businesses and the UK in its trajectory towards net zero, 1.5°C compatible plan by no later than 2050. The decarbonisation target represents a core element of our company’s sustainability strategy and reflects our business’ commitments to assisting our clients with their carbon footprint reduction and establish a framework for climate action.

Our approach is to create sustainable energy opportunities for the UK’s most prominent organisations. Our target of reducing emissions by 327,170 tonnes of CO2e by 2028 will be through existing and new customer collaboration achieved by using expertly delivered services that have been enhanced and perfected over 26 years – our ‘Ecosystem’. Irrespective of what services our customer has contracted with us – their CO2e consumption is part of our target.

This carbon target is 3,700 times larger than our own carbon footprint. Whilst we have a relatively small footprint, we are leading by example having introduced the use of zero natural gas, only green electricity on site via a peer-to-peer network, and implemented a virtualised IT structure for a drastic reduction in the largest single consumer of power.

References for figures:
The average household in the UK emits 2.7 tonnes of CO2 every year from heating their home.
The average CO2e footprint per person in the UK is 7 tonnes.
Sources: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

How are we going to achieve this?

Our ecosystem

This system puts clients, people and technology at the heart of every project – from enriching data that uncovers decarbonisation projects to securing renewable energy for financial stability. Integrating a new and evolving role within the business – the ‘Sustainability Specialist’ will identify other areas that organisations could benefit from; economically, environmentally, or socially.

Data and as much of it as possible is the source of this process, once the data has been identified, extracted and validated, our analysts can then identify tangible opportunities and then this information passed to our Sustainability Specialists to then present the findings to the client in forms of savings, or sustainable opportunities for them and amounts of CO2e emissions saved.

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Our people are at the heart of everything we do. More than 160 skilled, experienced, and passionate sustainability change makers working together to create bold, responsible and innovative solutions for economic and environmental outcomes for clients.


Our platforms provide clients with intuitive and instant access to energy management, carbon reporting and energy trading information across their site portfolio. We harness your data to track, measure and report on your energy and utility management. We’ll build insights and recommendations into bill validation, forecasting, hedging, recharging or carbon emission reporting.


For over 25 years we’ve built great relationships with certified and experienced carbon reduction partners. Our partners work with us to optimise your energy consumption and help meet your net zero goals. The technologies cover a wide range of solutions, from battery storage and voltage optimisation to vetted carbon offsetting projects.


From traditional bureau bill validation services to full sustainability programmes, we have a full suite of solutions that deliver economic and environmental benefits to your organisation.

If you are interested in how we can help your company reduce your carbon footprint, please complete the form below, and one of our team will be in touch.


Our clients collectively comprise 3.3% of the total UK business CO2e footprint


We helped reduce one client’s greenhouse gas emissions by 57%