Measuring your carbon footprint will enable you to:
- Prepare for future greenhouse gas legislation
- Manage carbon risk exposure and identify areas for improvement
- Improve efficiency and cut costs through reduced energy consumption
- Gain credibility by demonstrating environmental responsibility
- Motivate and engage staff by involving them in carbon reduction plans
Climate change is a global issue that demands the attention of organizations, governments and individuals. Forward-thinking organizations have begun voluntarily declaring their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for reasons such as risk management, cost reduction, brand protection, and attracting socially responsible investment. And in the process, those organizations have prepared themselves for the GHG legislation of tomorrow. Requirements for credible carbon management plans are frequently included in contract tenders and requests for information on an organization’s carbon footprint are increasing up and down the supply chain.
Climate change is the ultimate effect of large carbon footprints. Greenhouse gases, whether naturally or human-produced, contribute to the warming of the planet. From 1990 to 2021, global carbon dioxide emissions increased by 12.5 million tonnes. 7 out of the 10 warmest ever years have occurred since 2015 and global temperatures are already more than 1c higher than pre-industrial times. The scientific consensus is that in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change the increase needs to be kept below 1.5c, this was reaffirmed at the COP26 meeting held in the UK in 2021.