ROADMAP TO NET ZERO
an easy to follow guide for reducing carbon emissions
What Is The Roadmap To Net Zero?
Roadmap To Net Zero is a term given to the journey businesses take to minimise or eliminate the carbon emissions they currently produce.
Net zero businesses recognise that to reduce their carbon intensity, they need to adopt practices that become more energy efficient, reduce waste and incorporate technology to build efficiencies.
ZERO also includes excellent ROI in efficiencies and money-saving services. Please call 01444 416529.
The Seven Stages:
- Pledge to begin your journey
- Measure your current carbon footprint
- Create a strategy and quick wins
- Take the actions agreed
- Review and refine your activities
- Calculate your carbon reduction
- Celebrate your success
Your journey then continues…
Seven Stages Of The Roadmap To Net Zero
1. Pledge to begin your journey
Making a pledge to begin your journey to net zero is important because it will show you are serious about the goal. It will also provide focus and help you to motivate and foster team buy-in and assistance for the task ahead. A great press and social media opportunity too!
2. Measure your current carbon footprint
Measuring your current carbon footprint with our calculator gives you an understanding of the amount of carbon you currently produce. This will be given as a figure, in tons of carbon. It also gives you the opportunity to benchmark your footprint against other businesses of your type.
3. Create a strategy and quick wins
Creating a strategy and quick wins will address the main opportunities and issues that prevent you from achieving a net zero outcome. Your quick wins will be the things that prepare you for the journey, like taking meter readings and gather company data.
4. Take the actions agreed
Taking the actions agreed in the net zero strategy is simply a case of following the checklist you itemised with your Carbon Coach, who you can always call to answer queries and help you overcome barriers.
5. Review and refine your activities
It’s very important to review and refine your activities regularly to reflect the realities of your current situation and what you expect to achieve. Considering your options and scenario planning is all part of the journey and the role of a Net Zero Champion.
6. Calculate your carbon reduction
We will enter your latest data into the net zero calculator to remeasure your emissions and calculate your carbon reduction in tons of CO2e. This is also a good opportunity to summarise other changes and efficiencies that should have developed in the business, such as brand value and profitability.
7. Celebrate your success
When your carbon footprint is remeasured and a carbon reduction is found, it is possible to offset any residual carbon via verified offsetting schemes to become ‘carbon neutral’. Offsetting should only be considered until such time that carbon removal becomes possible. As you continue to remove carbon, your requirement for offsetting will continue to diminish.
It’s now important to celebrate and communicate your success. Sharing the news with employees, customers and suppliers is a good way to boost morale and gain recognition for all the hard work everyone has put in. Plus, it’s an even bigger press and social media opportunity!
Your Journey Continues…
Your journey to net zero is a constant refinement of all your systems and processes with regard to carbon as well as profitability. With careful management, the ZERO model will help you reap the benefits of both.
Typically though, 90% of your carbon footprint comes from the Scope 3 areas of the business, such as how you serve your customers with goods and services and how you are supplied with goods and services by your supply chain. Communicating positively and encouraging partners to begin and refine their journey will directly affect your carbon footprint – we are all interconnected.
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