With the changing climate and global focus towards a more sustainable future, Harris RCS, a successful family-run aerospace business, was looking to adopt more sustainable ways of working. Managing Director Graham Harris's vision is to leave a positive legacy on the world and the business. This shift is a defining feature of the internal strategy for Harris RCS.
According to a survey by Lloyds Bank, almost a quarter of SME manufacturers say they lack the knowledge to achieve Net Zero and around one in five say that there is a lack of skills and expert guidance. When exploring the challenges that SMEs face in working towards achieving Net Zero, Lloyds recommends five key areas:
Over recent years, Harris RCS has been making small changes across the business to minimise its impact on the environment, for example changing over its lighting to LEDs in 2018. However, these small initiatives didn't have the measures and baseline in place to show the improvements over time.
The aerospace SME wanted more immediate guidance for change and a more structured approach, so that
it could go beyond these minor changes and create real impact to meet its sustainability targets. Like many companies, the questions were, what does sustainability really mean and how can we start to truly embrace it?
A collaborative project aimed initially to support the calculation of carbon emissions and over time was expanded to focus on:
The project aimed to create an understanding of the carbon emissions generated each year by Harris RCS to develop future sustainability projects.