|The science is clear, the UK needs to change its carbon emissions output to tackle the growing climate crisis. The UK has a target to reduce emissions 68% by 2030 and 78% by 2035, with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.In response to the mounting pressure to meet these targets, from the UK Government, supply chain and consumers, many organisations are looking to create a carbon reduction and net zero strategy plan. However, according to Edie’s 2021 Net-Zero Business Barometer survey, 45% of businesses are yet to set their net zero targets.One of the greatest challenges to a net zero strategy is understanding the carbon emission outputs of an organisation’s operations, including supply chains. Monitoring and measuring emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3 is complex, invariably putting pressure on operational resources. Additionally, not every organisation has the capacity to employ the knowledge and skills needed to manage a decarbonisation strategy.To support organisations in meeting this challenge, businesses can develop a Net Zero and Carbon Reduction strategy designed to help them define, shape and monitor a carbon emissions strategy tailored to their operational needs and challenges.For organisations with ambitious sustainability objectives, consultants, such as the team from TEAM’s Consultants (www.teamenergy.com) can help businesses define a Science-Based Target which sets out a path to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.Organisations who are planning to create a net zero strategy and are putting sustainability at the forefront of their agenda. Working in partnership to support in decarbonising operations, consultants can provide dedicated advice and guidance enabling organisations to meet their sustainability transformation goals.
Commenting, TEAM’s Head of Operations, Timothy Holman said;
“There is no getting away from the growing demand to be working towards net zero. Although the UK legislation is still new, we’re increasingly seeing pressure from the supply chain, financial institutions, and consumers forcing businesses into taking action. Elsewhere there are organisations determined to lead by example driven by a desire to play their part in tackling the climate crisis, investing everything they can into becoming carbon neutral.
With COP26 taking place this year and the Government’s ambitions accelerating, we expect there could be new regulations forcing businesses to act more efficiently to come into effect, through increasing building performance standards for example; potentially with penalties for non-compliance.