What is carbon neutrality?
In brief, becoming carbon neutral, also known as achieving a net zero carbon footprint, refers to having net zero carbon dioxide emissions by balancing emissions against carbon emission reduction, and carbon offsetting strategies.
How does a company become carbon neutral?
The first step is to develop a practical energy policy, supported by a clear strategy to deliver it.
It is important that any policy created is designed to fit the organisation, accurately reflecting the company’s existing culture and objectives.
A successful energy policy and strategy must be fully adopted at a senior level. Integration into the business is essential, as is full “buy-in” from team members. Only with full support will the policy have the opportunity to maximise business efficiency and minimise management costs.
Any energy policy should cover four key areas:
A simple statement about the company’s to commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.
An explanation of the key reasons for a focus on energy management.
A description of the high-level goals for energy management and the resources allocated.
A list of specific activities, with target dates, the organisation will undertake to start down the path to reducing its carbon emissions.
Why should a company
go carbon neutral
What are the benefits of going carbon neutral?
Demonstrating a commitment to managing your carbon footprint and environmental impact will help to improve your reputation with clients and other stakeholders in an increasingly green conscious climate.
It can save money through reduced energy consumption and waste costs, improving the overall efficiency of company operations.
You can be ahead of the curve for future compliance requirements, reviewing if your day-to-day activities are sustainable and meet detailed scrutiny.
It can improve employee engagement, keeping teams informed of their environmental roles and responsibilities.
Carbon Reduction vs Carbon Offsetting
We are often asked about the differences between carbon reduction schemes and carbon offsetting.
In short, carbon reduction is actively reviewing existing processes and operations and taking steps to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Prime examples of this include changing lighting systems to efficient LED set ups and reviewing transport fleet usage to identify savings.
Carbon offsetting is one-way companies and organisations can reduce their carbon footprint. Rather than reduction it involves making up for the release of carbon emissions in one sector by reducing emissions elsewhere. Examples include reforestation and tree planting, avoided deforestation, and using renewable energy sources.
We recommend investigating and implementing carbon reduction schemes before embarking on carbon offsetting projects. Active reduction measures show a stronger commitment to your environmental responsibilites, compared to simply offsetting everything. Your clients are doing their due diligence and will expect you to “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk”.
How can we help you to go carbon neutral?
At Enistic we provide proven, science-based, custom carbon net zero plans over 1, 3 and 5 years.
Following our effective 7 step plan, we can help you to build a carbon zero strategy:
1. Outline clear objectives and a timeline
2. Measure and manage your emissions data
3. Make plans for long term impact and benefit
4. Always work to the best-practice standard
5. Establish carbon reductions you can manage prior to carbon offsetting
6. Ensure your offset projects meet detailed scrutiny
7. Full and transparent reporting
Whether you are just starting out on your carbon reduction journey setting up an environmental group at your company or wanting to fully review and intelligently address your carbon footprint, we can help you to make a genuine impact.