08 Jul Net-Zero Carbon is the Game. How Can Businesses Play It?
Change is on the horizon. After a significant decade of historical strikes in climate change behavior, rampant natural disasters, and a now resistant pandemic, we have reached a space of global unrest. The way our world once was is no longer an efficient form of handling prolonged life for future generations. Though many environmental groups have made rising positive progress in the race to save humankind, we must look to the world’s businesses and top producers to effectively create a unified sustainable world.
“Net Zero Carbon” is the ultimate endgame, and businesses everywhere should consider enlisting appropriate measures to place in it. Zero carbon emissions, or total carbon removal, involves us removing human caused GHG emissions from the hemisphere until we reach an overall balance of zero. Global electric and oil companies have already taken the stage with certain sustainable initiatives that implement in-house reduction of their emissions output. Tech based companies like Microsoft, who have been operating carbon neutral for a lengthy period of time, have already committed to reducing emissions by 75% within the next decade, have paved the way for further exemplified actions by other technological and high waste businesses. Oil company, Shell, has launched a program that plans to reduce its carbon footprint, and have made a stance by disassociating themselves from the AFPM for their disinterest in the Paris Agreement. As larger companies continuously jump on board through trials of sustainable programs, what can other businesses do to enact the same commitments to change?
Is there a potential for decrease in plastic usage, energy consumption, or reduction of waste? How long will it take to implement target numbers, whether it be 40% or 100%, until total emissions output decreases? These can be acknowledged in creating a concrete plan that commits to executing sustainability within your business for the future.
Companies that utilize more harm than good, may consider reinvesting their money into renewable sources of energy and correlating that with the hefty price that carbon fueled energy gives out in the long run.
Development of science-based targets not only creates a solid objective to reach, but also drives innovation and constructs internal confidence within the firm. Consistent valuable goals that are enacted on will continuously develop into further accomplishments, while creating a level of maintenance to benchmark against.
Whether it be creating a subdivision within the company related to climate change practices, or publicly announcing support of environmental movements, aligning your company with motives for change will only reap benefits.
The drive to reach “Net Zero Carbon” has put many companies in the spotlight, and it has showed us the possibilities of innovation, growth, creativity, and pure social responsibility that sustainable initiatives bring to us. In this climate, companies would do best to ensure their survival, as well as the world’s, by developing strategic outlooks on their carbon footprint in years to come.
If your company is looking to strive for sustainable change, reach out to our consultants at Companies Vs Climate Change for more information.