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In an age when businesses are under increasing pressure to be more environmentally sustainable, companies are looking for new ways in which they can innovate to be more environmentally friendly. One company that has taken on this challenge head on is Rolls Royce who have devised a plan to reach certain sustainability goals by 2020. Remarkably, Rolls Royce plans to increase its annual output to 600 engines a year whilst reducing its energy output by 30%.  

These energy reduction goals are part of Rolls Royce’s sustainability targets for the year 2020 which will be based upon improving on existing annual targets year on year. Being one of the largest engine makers in the world, Rolls Royce invests in a huge amount of resources for innovation and research to improve on their current models. Having recognised this, the company have decided that the most efficient way in which they can become more sustainable is to invest in less resource-intensive facilities and streamline current ones to make them more efficient with less excess waste that could harm the environment around them. This coming under the pledge by Rolls Royce to have reduced their waste by landfill to zero by 2020.

In addition to corporate goals that the company has, they are also required to meet certain goals set by the Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe. This includes developing technologies and procedures to reduce aircraft carbon emissions by 75%, reduce noise emissions by 65% and reduce emissions of nitrous oxides by 90%. With these being a huge contributor to greenhouse emissions it is important that Rolls Royce look at ways in which they can reduce the emissions of their engines to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Although the technology for the issues above is only in its research and development phase, Rolls Royce has taken the initiative to look at other ways in which they can help with sustainability. At its Seletar Campus in Singapore, Rolls Royce is using solar panels installed on the roof of the main building and its car park. The company’s director of energy and property compliance Tim Sullivan stated, that the solar panel project was the first in a series of planned renewable and low-carbon initiatives aimed at improving the company's environmental impact around the world over the next five years. Within Pearson College London, students are often exposed to the shift in companies’ priorities; a number of Degree Apprenticeship students who have worked within Unilever will have seen this first hand with Unilever's USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan), a long-term sustainability plan designed to improve standards of living around the world for those most in need, through a variety of projects carried out by many brands within their portfolio.