How UK Businesses Can Reach Net Zero
Following the Paris Agreement and COP26, businesses have been put under in-creasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve net zero. This means reducing your carbon footprint to as close to zero as possible and balancing out emissions with carbon removal. UK government is introducing new legislation and consumers are becoming increasingly eco-aware, so here are some tips on how you can reach net zero with your business.
Understand & Measure Current Footprint
To achieve net zero, you first need to understand and measure your current car-bon footprint. You will want to work out the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted both directly and indirectly, which can include the building’s energy us-age, company vehicles, supply chains and materials used. Once you have an idea of what your current footprint is, you can then start to develop a plan to achieve net zero.
It is important to develop both short and long-term strategies to achieve net ze-ro. In the short term, you can take positive steps like enabling remote work, switching to electric cars, reducing waste and increasing recycling. In the long term, steps like solar panel installation, switching to a green energy supplier and improving your building’s energy efficiency can help you to become more sus-tainable (as well as reduce your energy bills!).
Reinvest Cost Savings
Following this, some steps will help you to make savings over the long term but will require upfront costs, such as electric vehicles and solar panel installation. You will want to free up cash by ring-fencing savings that you make from low or no-cost actions so that this money can be used in a positive manner. You can seek advice from specialists on how to reinvest your finances back into the busi-ness to achieve net zero and make long-term savings.
Relate Strategy to Staff & Customers
Communication is also important when it comes to achieving net zero and becoming a green brand. You need to relate your strategy to your customers to show what steps you are taking and to improve your reputation – this could help you to attract new customers. You also need your staff to buy in, so it is important to communicate your plans with them. You can add an environmental policy statement to your website that outlines your actions and objectives, add suitable labels to products and keep followers updated on social media.
Every business needs to take positive action to work towards net zero. Not only is this from increasing pressure and regulations outlined by the government, but also so that your business can develop a good reputation in a time when consumers are eco-aware and selective of the brands that they use. The above steps will help you towards net zero and help your business in a few different ways.