Oxwash has announced it is aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2023, in line with the UK Government’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050. Oxwash is one of 32 scale-ups and start-ups selected by Tech Nation and 40 specialists, including climate specialists, investors and senior representatives from companies such as Google, National Grid, Sky Ocean, Bulb and B Corp.
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Net Zero is a six-month programme aimed at accelerating the growth of the UK's most exceptional climate tech scale ups. Joining forces with a number of innovative UK tech companies, Oxwash has committed to the programme to achieve the sector set target of net zero carbon emissions. Founding members of the taskforce included Bulb, Vodafone and Money Supermarket.
Oxwash attended a Net Zero panel at COP26 hosted by Tech Nation and Net Zero Now in which they had the opportunity to share what it has actioned towards its net zero goals.
“Our biggest barrier to achieving carbon neutrality with our laundry operations is the natural gas we burn in our tumble dryers. The price of electricity combined with the time taken to dry large quantities of textiles using electricity makes this a prohibitively expensive option. We are working on several patented inventions to improve the efficiency of electrical drying to allow us to make the important jump from gas to renewable electricity as our primary heat source,” explained Oxwash’s Tom de Wilton. As part of the initiative, Oxwash will be raising investment to further develop its IoT connected lagoons, maximising efficiencies in its washing processes to save water and CO2.
Oxwash committed to achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2022 for Scope 1 and 2 emissions, with the further ambition to include net zero Scope 3 carbon emissions by 2023. This commitment covers all emissions, including direct emissions from operations, indirect emissions linked to the energy used in operations and all other emissions linked to activities.
Dr Kyle Grant, ex-NASA scientist, founded Oxwash in 2018. His aim was simple, to disrupt the laundry industry by creating a convenient service for businesses and individuals that doesn’t destroy the planet. Oxwash’s mission is to build the future of laundry with no environmental impact and world class results.