Make 2020 the Start of Your Net Zero Journey

December 17, 2019

For a decade and a half, we have been helping organisations engage with measuring and managing their greenhouse gas emissions. We have even been at the forefront of work to carbon footprint a city region. Climate change and emissions are back on the agenda in 2019. Expect this to be even higher profile next year.

In late 2020, Glasgow will host the 26th Conference of the Parties, known as COP26. Over 200 world leaders should be attending to discuss tackling climate change. With up to 30,000 delegates also attending, this could be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted. So, expect to hear a lot about Net Zero, carbon emissions and climate change during 2020, and beyond. A key opportunity will be for your organisation to get engaged with this agenda. You will not be alone. An increasing number of Highland organisations already have their carbon emissions audited.

If you want to make 2020 the year you started your Net Zero journey, the following steps will help.

Step 1 Get Serious and Get Started. This issue is not going away. It may ebb and flow in the media, social media comment and headlines, but it is here to stay. To be serious and have a chance of success, your Net Zero journey has to start from the top. Senior management need to recognise this will increasingly impact operations and service delivery. And they need an appetite to do something about that.

Step 2 Do the Measurements. It’s an old cliché, but still appropriate, “what gets measured, gets done”. So the start of your Net Zero journey is understanding the size of the task and your emissions. Carbon measurement and management is informed by globally recognised protocols and methodologies. These outline what has to be measured and how results can be reported.

Step 3 What will we reduce? Having identified the different source of emissions, what to do about them? Some emissions are easier to address than others. Many organisations reduce their carbon footprint by making operations more efficient. Emissions will decline if less energy is used in production and service delivery. Emissions will decline if less business miles are driven in inefficient cars. And emissions will decline by using less water and producing less waste. And there can be significant public funding to help make these improvements.

Step 4 Tell people about your success. Scotland punches well above its weight in addressing emissions and climate change. That has helped to attract COP 26, potentially the UKs largest ever summit. When your own Net Zero journey is successful, celebrate it. You will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, as well as saving your organisation money.

Contact us for a chat about starting your organisation’s Net Zero journey in 2020.