From Volume 2 Issue 2 of Connected. There are many factors driving the need for more sustainability. These include consumer demand, regulatory demand and increased productivity, just to name a few. According to the World Economic Forum, demand for sustainable, products is increasing, with 73 percent of Gen-Z consumers willing to spend more on sustainable products. Governments are also adopting net zero targets that impact how schools, businesses and communities will operate in the future. As more companies pledge to further incorporate sustainable practices, the need for a like-minded distributor is becoming greater. That’s why Kirby Risk is proud to partner with ZERO Distribution, a network of energy efficient manufacturers, to be your single source solutions provider of a complete portfolio of zero energy solution products. Incorporating sustainable practices that include net zero products and solutions provide benefits including reduced energy costs, positive environmental impact and improved energy security. WHAT DOES NET ZERO MEAN AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Net zero can be reached when the amount added is no more than the amount taken away. This is important because it provides a way for every person, business or community in every country, sector or industry to limit their emissions and cut the carbon we produce that can directly impact our environment. HOW CAN COMPANIES INCORPORATE NET ZERO STRATEGIES? As outlined in the transformation guide by Transform to Net Zero, companies can work to reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from their own operations or processes (such as manufacturing) and supply chains. They can also update or create new products and services that will help to reduce emissions for their customers. These net zero products may use low carbon content materials, produce less waste, use renewable energy systems in productions, or repurpose or remove emissions in raw materials used to produce the product. Net zero services may assist other companies in measuring and controlling emissions or reducing or eliminating carbon dioxide emissions for that company’s operations or supply chains. HOW CAN BUILDINGS BECOME ZERO ENERGY? As stated by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, "Zero energy buildings are designed and built to consume as little energy as possible. When a renewable source of energy is added to these buildings, they are capable of producing enough energy to meet or exceed their requirements to run." And this is where Kirby Risk enters the equation. Our team of industry experts will work with you to determine the right renewable energy products and solutions for your next project. Read Volume 2 Issue 2 of Connected magazine.