29 Environment Stats that Business Cannot Ignore

As part of our series on business and the environment, we've curated the most concerning stats on the environment which businesses cannot ignore. We’ve categorised them into waste, energy, and SMEs and have presented them in the colourful graphics below.


1. 126,000 people work in renewable energy Industry  (Source)

2. With a 100% renewable grid, electricity would drop from £62/mWh to £44/MWh (Source)

3. June 1st 2017: 1/2 of UK's electricity demand was supplied by renewable energy (Source)

4. 30% of businesses aim to generate revenue from surplus energy (Source)

5. 23% of companies plan to be energy sufficient (Source)

6. 80% of small businesses in the UK are overpaying for their energy (Source)

7. Renewable energy which became cheaper between 2010-2017: solar energy (73%); wind (23%); EV battery (73%) (Source)

8. Replacing a CFL bulb with an LED bulb = saves £6 per year, per bulb (Source)

9. 1 in 10 SMEs are energy generators (Source)

10. Why do SMEs choose energy efficiency: Save money (78%); Protect the environment (70%) (Source)


1. 8 million pieces of litter enter the sea daily (Source)

2. 3.1 million tonnes of food waste in a year: 260,000 tonnes from retail; 1.85m tonnes from manufacturing; 1m tonnes from hospitality (Source)

3. 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles are used daily (Source)

4. Only 43% of plastic bottles are recycled (Source)

5. The food and drink sector waste 10 million tonnes food annually = 20% of UK’s CO2eq emissions (Source)

6. Prevention of food waste could save businesses £300 million a year (Source)

7. 200million tonnes of waste are produced each year (Source)

8. 44% of this is recoverable / 23% of this went to landfill (Source)

9. Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves 17 trees (Source)

10. 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away annually (Source)


1. SMEs account for 64% of Europe's industrial pollution (Source)

2. 88% SME owners say they value sustainability (Source)

3. 75% of businesses earn money from investing in green technology (Source)

4. 1/5 of business spend more than £250,000 on energy (Source)

5. The most common resource efficiency actions by EU SMEs: minimising waste (65%), saving energy (63%), saving materials (57%), saving water (47%), and recycling (42%) (Source)

6. Non-domestic buildingsare responsible for 18% of the UK’s total carbon emissions (Source)

7. The market for low carbon goods + services is £3.4 trillion annually (Source)

8. Value of UK low carbon economy tops £42bn (Source)

9. "1/3 consumers buy from ‘good’ brands" (Source)

10. 80% SMEs said they plan to introduce more ethical practices into their business over 3-5 years (Source)


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