The spread of the global pandemic in the past year, is something for all people that has never been experienced in recent history, bringing with it loss and suffering as well as many financial difficulties for individuals and businesses.

Although national lockdown and restrictions are something many of us do not wish to endure, there are positives that have been brought about in the recent months. 

The first national restrictions in March 2020 saw empty shelves of baking powder and flour, the birth of many novice gardeners and the appreciation for the great outdoors. From home bakers to courgette growers, 2020 saw the many positive repercussions of the green revolution and slow living movement. Global aviation was brought to a near standstill, minimal fossil fuels being burnt and less vehicles on the road – for the first time, clear skies could be seen in China and clean waterways and fish visible  in the Venetian canals in Italy.

Sustainable & Renewable Energy 

The impact of climate change and sustainable business practices are elements that for Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich are intrinsic to its identity. 

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich was the first purpose built centre of its kind in the UK, giving it  the opportunity to create something special and build exactly to the specifications it required. One of the first elements in the building design was the integration of renewable energy sources. Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich has a total of 109 x 275 watt solar PV panels on the roof of the building, generating an annual output in the region of 25,333 kWh. This roughly equates to around 3/4 of the centre’s energy being sourced directly from the solar panels!

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich has additionally, recently installed two electric charging car ports in the rear car park – green energy for the centre is paramount and although any business will be conducive in its addition to consumption, the centre aims to reduce its carbon footprint wherever possible.

Fairtrade coffee

Sustainability and ethical trade partners are also crucial in Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich’s business practices. The centre looks to work with local independents where possible and selected Paddy & Scotts Coffee for the cafe’, not only for its great taste but for it’s great ethos too – being both fairtrade and aligned with the Rainforest Association. Paddy & Scotts, with its headquarters in the heart of Suffolk, works directly with the Muchomba family in Kenya – a family dedicated to growing coffee for generations. 

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich is continually looking at reducing the use of single use plastic and offers free water refill stations, discounts for bringing in reusable coffee cups and offers takeaway coffee in compostable cups.

What green practices are you looking to carry forward?