Reduce your emissions
Why you should take this stepWell done – you’ve reached the implementation phase of your carbon neutrality journey! There is not one, single way to reduce the emissions produced by your business, as your chosen approach will depend on how your operations work. While one organization might focus on energy efficiency, another could focus on waste disposal or employee commuting. Read on to learn how to select the approach that fits your organization.
Questions on your mind
- Where can I find emission reduction opportunities within my business?
- How do I reduce my company’s carbon footprint, if I can’t reduce our production or consumption?
- What amount of emissions will my internal reductions program eliminate?
Understand the two approachesThere are two main approaches to reducing emissions within your business: using less and going green. Ideally, you incorporate aspects of both into your pledge.
Use less: Reduce your level of production and consumption, to eliminate your emissions from these activities.
Go green: Maintain your current level of production and consumption, but minimize your emissions from these activities by switching to more environmentally-friendly methods.
See what happens if you use less
Use less material
If your company consumes virgin metal in its production process: Consuming 10% less material equals a 10% reduction in carbon emissions
Use less electricity
If your company uses electricity to power your business: Reducing 15% of electricity consumption equals a 15% reduction in carbon emissions
If half of your employees work from home once a week, instead of commuting by car that day, you will reduce carbon emissions by 10%
See what happens if you go green
Use recycled material
If your company consumes virgin metal in its production process: Switching to 10% recycled material equals a 6% reduction in carbon emissions
Use renewable energy
If your company uses electricity to power your business: Switching to 15% renewable energy equals a 13% reduction in carbon emissions
Take the train
If half of your employees take the train once a week, instead of commuting by car, you will reduce carbon emissions by 7%
TipThe best combination of initiatives depends on your situation. For instance, if your organization is already advanced in reducing waste and there is little room for improvement, you may want to explore environmentally-friendly disposal methods.
How robust data boosts your reduction program
- Creates your baseline.
- Shows where reductions will have the most impact.
- Demonstrates progress to your leaders.
- Reveals potential financial savings.
- Provides input for sustainability reporting commitments, including the UN Global Compact or Global Reporting Initiative.