Guest Blog – The importance of being carbon neutral and why the cost isn’t as high as you think!

The current business environment is a challenging one, however the conversation around being carbon neutral is a topic that is gathering pace.

Organisations in today’s world are battling with the desire to drive growth and profitability, whilst investing in low carbon emitting technologies to reduce their carbon footprint and speed up their journey to achieving Net Zero.

As the ICAEW say, ‘…there’s a perception in the marketplace that implementing carbon-reducing technology comes at a high cost, but it could be as simple as redistributing your current energy spend…’.

Our Partner, Auditel, are Carbon Specialists and operate a simple four-step process to help businesses achieve their goal of Net Zero. Firstly, they will help the organisation define and measure their current carbon footprint, and what they generally find is that the business ‘can’t see the wood for the trees – they literally don’t know where to start as the drive for net zero has created so much confusion in the marketplace’.

In the second stage Auditel come up with a Carbon Reduction Plan. That could be as simple as switching all the light bulbs to LED lights or introducing sensors into the building so lights turn on and off automatically.

For the third step, Auditel will focus on what the company wants to achieve from their Plan. If that is reaching carbon neutrality in that year, then they can help the business identify fully verified offsets to purchase alongside decarbonising initiatives.

In the fourth and final stage, Auditel have partnered with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and are an associate consultant to the BSI. Subsequently, this can lead to an outside third-party verification of a company’s carbon neutrality claims.

Author : ICAEW Insights

Taken from ICAEW’s article on the 07 Jan 2022.

For more information on how to reduce your carbon emissions and costs at the same time, visit the Auditel website.

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