Recognition for reducing carbon footprint

Increasingly many businesses and organisations are doing their bit, implementing green initiatives that will help them save money, use resources more efficiently and help them to manage risk. But how many are getting properly recognised for the work they are doing?

A new standard, accredited by the Environment Agency, called Carbon Action has been developed to encourage businesses to measure their carbon footprint and develop an action plan to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

The standard is in three parts – strategy development and understanding; taking action; and reviewing and reporting – and in achieving it companies have to demonstrate their carbon plans are integrated into business plans; have communicated this to staff, suppliers and customers and review and monitored progress. In all 23 indicators need to be met, with firms given a year to demonstrate how they have reduced their carbon footprint.

The benefits of meeting the standard are numerous, including  improving business performance, enhancing reputation and increasing energy efficiency. A Plus standard has also been developed, targeted at businesses and organisations that need to comply with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Those that achieve this will be able to demonstrate Early Action Metrics, enabling them to receive a reduction in the cost of Carbon Credits.

Businesses and organisations interested in finding out more or needing help in reducing their carbon footprint should contact janerayner@luluconsulting.co.uk

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