Becoming carbon considerate

Carbon ConsiderateTo achieve Carbon Considerate status your business needs to have an energy reduction strategy in place or be compliant with ISO:50001.

If your company is required to become compliant with the mandatory ESOS scheme and you decide to undertake any or all of the energy reduction advice, albeit over a number of years, then your company can qualify to become a Carbon Considerate company. Being Carbon Considerate not only enables your company to benefit from the cost savings of reducing your company’s energy use it also gives your company a marketing benefit that independently recognises your company’s commitment to reducing your carbon footprint.

The steps are:

• Calculate their carbon footprint using DECC conversion factors
• Identify opportunities for reduction
• Agree and publish a carbon reduction plan reflecting the business’s financial constraints
• Offset a percentage of your company’s carbon footprint or a specific business function i.e business air miles, deliveries etc.

The Process:

Step One - Calculating your carbon footprint

• Measure all the energy used to heat, light and operate your building for the previous 12 months, including electricity, gas, heating oil and any alternative fuel.
• Identify and quantify other usages of energy in the business, for example company cars and business travel.
• Carry out a DEC assessment through a qualified DEC assessor. This, in addition to certifying how much energy is being used to operate your building, is supported by itemised recommendations for reduction over a 7 year period from the date of your original assessment, as required by DECC.

Step Two - Identification and prioritisation of energy and carbon reduction opportunities

The recommendations from the DEC assessment identify the priorities for an effective reduction programme, the financial implications and the most beneficial returns on investment. Carbon Strategy will help point you in the right direction to more fully flesh out the financial implications, and the possibility of low cost loans, finance and where appropriate and available, grant schemes.
At this stage it may become evident that the costs and project scope of achieving immediate Carbon Neutrality are prohibitive and outside of the business’s immediate financial means.
If this is the case, Carbon Strategy will work with you to identify ways that your business can take the first steps down the road to Carbon Neutrality, by opting to become Carbon Considerate.

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Step Three - Carbon Reduction Plan

• Based on these discussions, the business must commit to a 7 year carbon reduction strategy, which for the first 3 years can be maintained at Carbon Considerate status. This strategy is the basis of your “Carbon Reduction Plan” setting out the steps that you will be taking to achieve stated and quantified energy and carbon reduction objectives. The plan will cover such areas as “Bring roof insulation up to current standards”, “Replace current high energy lighting with low carbon LED lighting”, “Move to more energy efficient company vehicles as leases become due for renewal”, “Use public transport where possible”. Of necessity, the plan will take account of the business’s financial standing in the first 3 years and stagger projects accordingly.

Step Four - Carbon Offsetting and Tree Twinning

• To agree to offset a percentage of your company’s carbon footprint. This can be a percentage of your total carbon footprint or it can be a commitment to offset the carbon footprint of one of your dominant or high profile business activities i.e. offsetting your business air miles, business travel, business deliveries etc.
• To gain CSR PR, Carbon Strategy, in conjunction with Tree Appeal plants trees in schools local to your company, crediting your business with the activity. The process of offsetting in developing countries coupled with planting trees in UK locations is called Tree Twinning.

 

Reducing your carbon footprint makes environmental and commercial sense.

Shield your business from increasing energy costs while gaining a marketing advantage.

 

 

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