Carbon Neutrality

There are many ways to describe it – carbon neutral, carbon emission reduction, net zero carbon, however how does a company work towards carbon neutrality?

The first step is to create a practical environmental and energy policy.

This policy will act as the framework for your carbon reduction activities, and it is crucial that it is supported by a clear strategy to deliver it.

Any policy should cover the four key areas:

Commitment
A statement about the organisation’s commitment to energy management, carbon reduction and ongoing energy performance improvement.

Policy
An explanation of the key reasons behind a focus on energy management.

Immediate Aims
A list of the specific activities the organisation will undertake (and by when) to set the organisation on the path to energy efficiency.

Objectives
A description of the high-level goals for energy management, and the resources to be committed.

Advice on energy policy levels

There are three tiers of energy policy, as outlined below, each building on the last, and growing in commitment pledged.

Level 1

This is a basic, word only “greenwash” policy which contains no real commitments.

It is a start point; however, it is not recognised by most tier 1 company’s supply chain requirements.

Level 2

Building on level 1, level 2 policies should contain a commitment to energy reduction over a specific time period.

This would involve carrying out energy efficiency projects which would have an associated cost but would also directly impact your organisations carbon reduction.

Level 3

In addition to everything in level 1 and 2, level 3 policies should also contain a commitment to carbon neutrality by a specified date.

This can play a key part of your sustainability and Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy whilst enabling you to do your bit for global climate change.

Why should a business create a carbon neutral energy policy?

Creating a policy provides the perfect opportunity to review if your day-to-day activities are both environmentally responsible and meet any legal requirements, such as ESOS and SECR.

It can help drive efficiency and lower costs through reduced consumption and waste production. In addition, it can help to build employee and team engagement, keeping them informed of their environmental roles and responsibilities.

Beyond internal savings and operations, demonstrating a commitment to managing your environmental impact can improve your reputation with clients, stakeholders and the wider public.

What next? We can help you to get started

A successful energy policy relies on full integration into the business, along with buy-in from senior management through to all employees. We can deliver a robust, appropriate, and prioritised approach to your initial energy strategy.

Book a free, no-obligation review with lead assessor Darryl Mattocks to discuss how an effective policy can be tailored to your company and what you can do as an individual to reduce carbon emissions.

Email: darry.mattocks@enistic.com or phone: 01865 598 776