If you haven’t already, we recommend using our free and easy-to-use carbon footprint calculator to understand where your business is on the journey to reducing carbon emissions and achieving net zero.
Now you have measured your carbon emissions, you can begin to plan to reduce these emissions in an affordable and effective way. Many companies begin by focusing on improving energy efficiency. It not only helps the planet, but it helps the purse as well, and makes change easier to implement. When you see that the financial numbers back it up, then there’s good reason to set a bold carbon reduction goal, such as ‘Become a net zero business by 2030.’ With the right information on how to reduce your carbon emissions and the will to do it, there’s no reason why this isn’t achievable.
In practical terms, creating a carbon reduction strategy means you will need to measure your company’s carbon emissions regularly, at least every twelve months. Your 2022 carbon emissions measurement will serve as the benchmark by which you compare your future efforts. You’ll be able to present your carbon footprint calculator results year on year to explain how your carbon emissions are falling and hopefully, how carbon efficiencies in your business are rising.
With a strong commitment to reducing carbon, you’ll then need to identify areas where you can make changes in the short and longer-term. You’ll be surprised how some innocuous-looking actions offer up quick wins that will really affect the bottom line. By quick wins, we mean those actions that are easier to implement.
Seemingly small changes can have a significant impact on reducing your business’s emissions and improving your bottom line. But if you’re serious about becoming a sustainable business, you’ll need to think of your long-term goals.
These commitments to change might not be as costly or time consuming as you think. And they’ll put you firmly on the road to achieving your bigger goals. The world of net zero is dynamic and exciting. By implementing several small but effective actions, as well as bolder strategies and commitments, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a truly sustainable business.
If you found this page useful, check out our small business sustainability hub for more free tools, tips and expert advice.
Please note, SSE Energy Solutions has written this blog for information purposes only. We recommend speaking to your own business and financial advisors before taking any direct action that will impact your business.