The days of climate change being put on the backburner have long gone. So much so, that the UK government has set a target for all businesses to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In response, some organisations have bulldozed their way to carbon neutrality by purchasing huge carbon offsetting contracts.
This method is simple and gets quick results, but it can be extremely costly and doesn’t necessarily reduce emissions. It also has the potential to set harmful trends for smaller companies that may not be able to afford large offsetting deals. By prioritising efficiency, however, you can save money on two fronts, without blocking the path to carbon neutrality.
Below, we discuss the financial benefits of an efficiency-first approach, and explain how to implement this in your organisation.
Rather than speeding towards the quickest solution to meet the government's 2050 target, efficiency first is when you identify the root cause of your emissions. Whether it’s streamlining operations or following many other energy-efficient initiatives, taking the time to implement this, instead of jumping straight to carbon offsetting, can be beneficial in the long run.
In reality, most businesses will have to commit to a level of carbon offsetting to achieve carbon neutrality. Some emissions simply can’t be avoided – but some can. Following an efficiency-first strategy means you’ll be able to reduce your organisation's carbon footprint as much as possible. In doing so, you lower the amount of offsetting required to achieve your target, resulting in a cheaper contract.
And this isn’t the only money-saving opportunity. By choosing energy-efficient solutions in your building, you’ll only use what you need – cutting costs on electricity bills, for example. With more efficiency, you’ll also take the strain off your physical appliances, preventing overuse and potential downtime for repairs.
Deciding to take an efficiency-first approach is the first step. But how do you achieve it? Here are a few methods that organisations worldwide are using to reduce their carbon footprint and save on offsetting costs:
Every company operates under different constraints and circumstances, so not all of these methods will be achievable. The good news is, there’s something else you can try. If you want to equip your organisation with energy- and cost-efficient strategies to reach carbon neutrality, the PAS 2060 Standard is exactly what you need.
Centre for Assessment has a wealth of experience providing internationally recognised Standards to businesses of all sizes. We’re UKAS accredited too, so your organisation is in expert hands when it comes to the delivery and execution of crucial frameworks like PAS 2060 – Carbon Neutrality.
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