Earth Hour

5 Ways your business can make a difference during Earth Hour

What is Earth Hour?

Having its origins in Sydney back in 2007, the WWF organised Earth Hour has now grown to be the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. Since its inception, millions of people around the world have been inspired to act for the protection of our planet and nature.

Held annually at the end of March, Earth Hour was devised as a way of encouraging individuals, businesses and local communities to turn off non-essential electricity for one designated hour.

Last year, more than 10.4 million Brits joined in with the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, The Shard, The Ritz hotel, Old Trafford and Edinburgh Castle dimming their lights.

When is Earth Hour?

This year’s Earth hour is Saturday 30th March 2019 at 8:30pm.

How can my business get involved?

  1. Sign up at wwf.org.uk/earthhour and add you company to the Earth Hour map to spread the word that you’re taking part.
  2. Switch off as many lights and machinery in your building that you can- room lights, monitor screens etc.
  3. Organise a team bonding activity to keep staff busy and engaged. For example, hold an energy management awareness workshop where staff can generate new ideas to make future energy savings.
  4. Make use of your connections! Encourage your business partners and other local organisations to take part. If Earth Hour is approaching too quickly for them to act, plan some together for the future in honour of Earth Hour.
  5. Extend the hour! Don’t just stop at 9:30pm, plan future events in honour of earth hour such as staff volunteering exercises to clear plastic from a local beach or park.

Looking for more ways to save on your energy? Head across to our business advice hub and check out our top 10 energy management tips for businesses.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.