Green responsibility: how are businesses expected to handle their carbon footprint
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Climate change is the greatest challenge of our age, and every business must do their part
In recent years, the impact of climate change has become impossible to ignore. The planet’s average surface temperature has risen by 1.18 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, with most of the warming taking place in the last 40 years. As such, 2016 and 2020 are tied for the warmest years on record.
The potential consequences of climate change are both numerous and severe, from intense droughts and storms to rising sea levels and formally populated spaces becoming uninhabitable. As such, nations around the world have committed to a net zero target. But while governments can advocate for change and even bring in legislation to drive progress towards these emissions targets, businesses must take their own responsibility for doing their bit to protect the planet.
We’re going to take a closer look at the requirements of net zero, as well as exploring some of the key ways businesses can reduce their carbon footprint in the long run.
Net Zero: how has the world committed to combating climate change?
Net zero refers to a point at which the greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere are balanced by those being removed. It’s a goal that the UK – along with many other nations around the world – has committed to in the form of The Paris Agreement.
Achieving net zero involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, as well as supporting initiatives to scale up CO2 removals. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has expressed the need for countries to meet net zero CO2 by 2050 in order to successfully counteract climate change and stop the planet’s temperature from rising. This has led to the global ‘Race to Zero’ campaign, which has seen governments around the world focus on raising ambition, solutions and initiatives in support of sustainability.
What can you do to meet your green targets?
But while governing bodies have accepted responsibility for meeting these targets, organisations of all sizes – and across all industries – also have a responsibility to play their part. What’s more, taking steps now can help make a green future more achievable, rather than waiting for when it’s potentially too late. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference, as every little helps.
There are many different ways in which businesses can be more sustainable. Reducing waste and promoting recycling across your organisation are some of the most prominent factors, but there are also other simple changes you can make. These involve preventing pollution through the use of greener travel and technology; conserving water; greening the planet by planting trees; making sustainable products; using sustainable materials both in your products and in the workplace; and adopting sustainable travel policies for your business.
Even small changes like switching off devices when they’re not in use and turning lights off when the room is unoccupied can all serve to reduce an organisation’s carbon emissions.
The energy contract and supplier you choose can also impact your carbon footprint significantly. Energy regulator Ofgem reports that UK businesses, charities and public bodies spend £25 billion a year on energy, so committing to a green contract can make a huge difference.
Consultiv Utilities can help you meet your sustainability goals, whilst also keeping your energy costs to a minimum. Our expert team are able to take a holistic view of your business energy that will allow you to make more informed decisions regarding your present and future energy usage, giving you the details you need to commit to a greener contract. Our review is non-committal and, better yet, completely free.
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