Becoming a climate neutral business

We know that more than ever, companies are taking seriously their impacts on the climate. 2016 research demonstrated that 99 of the largest public companies in the UK are reporting carbon emissions in their annual reports.Reporting carbon is first step on the journey towards climate neutrality with the ultimate goal a low carbon world. By aiming for carbon neutrality, companies are setting their ambitions to get as close to this goal as possible.

Becoming a climate neutral business allows an organisation to reduce operational spend, increase resilience to changing legislation and ensure their business is future proofed.

How can I have no negative impact on the environment?

Our guide to becoming a climate neutral business is for any organisation that wants to create long-term sustainable growth, whilst limiting climate change impacts. Initiatives such as the United Nations Climate Neutral Now campaign and The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) commitment to carbon neutral growth by 2020, demonstrate the appetite to look towards climate neutrality as a target for industry and businesses.

What is climate neutrality?

The term climate neutrality indicates that an organisation or product has contributed no net greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, i.e. its impact on climate change is zero.

This guide to becoming a climate neutral business outlines the straightforward steps to reduce your environmental impact.

  1. Understanding your carbon emissions and climate impacts
    • Measurement
  2. Planning for the future based on your emissions and business needs
    • Strategy and target setting
  3. Beginning on the path to carbon neutrality by reducing emissions
    • Reduction
  4. How to ensure carbon neutrality
    • compensating for unavoidable emissions

This process is fairly simple but the decision making behind the four steps can be complex.

Over the next 4 weeks the lovely people of Carbon Clear will help you to understand the mechanisms available to reach climate neutrality in our weekly blog.


About EcoAct

At EcoAct we are driven by a shared purpose to make a difference. To help businesses to implement positive change in response to climate and carbon challenges, whilst also driving commercial performance.
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