Reaching Net Zero
All organisations are required by a new law to reduce their emissions by almost 80% by 2030. From there they must hit Net Zero by 2050
We aim to turn this challenge into an opportunity and support you to enhance your people, planet and business.
Establish a baseline year and where possible make that pre-covid. Here we will analyse Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions from your organisation
Create an Environmental Management System (EMS) bespoke to your organisation and the way it operates
Help you set accessible yet challenging reduction goals that align with UK government targets and towards Net Zero
What is Net Zero?
The UK government has agreed to cut emissions by 78% by 2035, and many local councils have declared a climate emergency or at least put climate change at the top of their agenda. As well as this, businesses are expected to move forward with Net Zero by 2050. Net zero is now the frame of reference for ambition on climate change. To meet this target the UK requires businesses to lead the way and drive this change
Here is the scientific definition
According to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) net zero targets must:
1. Reduce value-chain* emissions reductions, leaving only residual emissions** to limiting warming to 1.5C
2. Neutralise residual emissions with permanent GHG removals.
*Value chain emissions are all direct and indirect emissions both upstream and downstream. This will include everything from purchased electricity and fuel combustion to suppliers, products and distributors.
**Residual emissions are any emissions which remain after all technical and economical opportunities to reduce emissions in all scopes have been implemented
What this really means is that all organisations need to start investigating their carbon footprint through everything they do as a business from suppliers to customers. Then create a strategy for reducing their emissions by 80% of that number.
What is a carbon footprint?
Everything that we do has a carbon footprint. The challenge is that all of the carbon we have emitted over the last few decades has caused the Earths climate to change. Change isn't always bad. In this case it absolutely is. So how do we measure your carbon footprint?
A Carbon Footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emitted by an organisation from direct (Scope 1) & indirect sources (Scope 2 & 3). Measuring your carbon footprint allows you to highlight key emission sources and opportunities to reduce them. Your carbon footprint is expressed in kilograms (kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) kgCO2e and/or tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e) and is calculated in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standard, using the standard emissions factors for the UK. (Defras’s GHG reporting conversion factors). Due to the nature of business, expanding and growing, carbon is also expressed in carbon intensity (kgCO2/m2, kgCO2/staff, kgCO2e/£).
We help to align you with UK, and international legislation and aim to take you even further. We help you understand the many terms such as Net Zero, Carbon Neutral and carbon dioxide equivalent, to make your journey as easy as possible.
We help establish a robust Energy Management System, as good data means everything.
Our Carbon Footprinting are produced in line with:
- The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standard,
- ISO 14064-1
And produced using:
- UK Defra Emissions Factors
- ICE Database
- International Datasets
We will support your business on your journey in the lead up to Net Zero by 2050, inline with the UK sixth Carbon Budget.
Once we have measured your carbon footprint we will offer the chance to invest in climate positive projects against the amount of carbon you have created. This is called offsetting. While it definitely doesn't make you carbon neutral and it really isn't the perfect solution. We want your organisation to get into the habit of investing in it's impact reduction and this is a great way to get started.
How do we help you get to Net Zero?
1. Transition – Companies can opt to compensate for emissions
2. At net-zero – Companies with residual emissions must neutralise these emissions
There are so many ways to get there. All of which involve setting a baseline year, calculating your carbon footprint and setting interim carbon emission reduction targets, as well as creating an action plan to get your organisation there.
One example of how an office based business, might prepare for Net Zero would be to:
Scope 1 & 2
· Implement a strategy to move towards fully electrifying your business (by 2030 the UK aims to fully decarbonise the electricity we purchase), including heating and transport. This would address Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
· Evaluate value chain emissions and work out a strategy to motivate organisations in the supply chain to take their own actions.
· Communicate ambitions with your suppliers and use your buying power to encourage their reductions
· Redesign the procurement process to choose to work with organisations that are on the same journey
· Establish a ‘Green Travel and Homeworking policy’. Commuting and business travel as well as homeworking would also need to be supported with green incentives to support uptake of cycle schemes, electric cars, public transport and home green energy tariffs.
How we approach calculating your carbon
Working with the leadership team, the sustainability team or a combination of both we break down your biggest carbon emissions and analyse the operations of your organisation to find new areas to measure.
Creating a detailed carbon footprint with key summaries and targets will empower your organisation to make clear decisions when it comes to reduction. This will work as part of your Impact Report, like you can see in ours
Partnering with us
Working with us means that we can support you through all of this sometimes complex decision making and give you easy decisions to make.
Creating an ethical and sustainable culture
Through our tailored program we will create new purpose for your organisation and allow your team to create meaning in their work by reviewing your Mission Statement and Core Values.
Develop a measurable sustainability strategy
We have simple tools to create our Impact Report a 3 step approach to getting sustainability locked into your organisation and create simple goals with clear action points.
Get key insights into your stakeholders
We will support you to take a look across the whole value chain and begin to understand what’s important to them and how that fits with your sustainability strategy.
Data-driven decision making
Our unique approach of developing both a sustainability and communications strategy together allows us to pull on several data-points that we find during our research and create a bespoke strategy that will set you apart.
Engaging the whole organisation
We support you to create an organisation wide presentation that will engage all levels of managers and employees to not only understand but get excited about what you are doing to create a better future for them and the whole planet.
Communicate with key stakeholders
Your competitors won’t know how to keep up as you will be able to celebrate your work with the world and be seen as global leaders in sustainability as well as in your industry.
What does this mean for business?
Whether you are a solo business, an SME, or a multi-national organisation, the most important thing is being open and ready to adapt to a changing market.
Ethical consumerism is on the rise and if your business is to be relevant in the future then you need to be able to demonstrate ethical and sustainable credentials.
Investing in the future of your organisation to secure revenue in the changing marketplace
Cutting edge partners
We work with key local, national and international partners to make sure our clients are up to date with the latest thinking
Keeping it simple
Our obsession is making sustainability simple and understandable. No matter your background, this will be an easy process
Lead from the front
You will have a clear advantage over your competitors and develop a reputation as leaders within your industry