So how can businesses go about making operations carbon neutral? Our experience highlighted four key steps that are critical to making the transition:
To improve, first you need a baseline and achievable, impactful targets. Signing up to the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) is a straightforward way for organizations to align operations with the changes required.
Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy usage and 36% of CO2 emissions in EU, so improving the efficiency of old buildings and ensuring new buildings are carbon neutral by design will make significant inroads to your carbon reduction targets.
The World Green Building Council's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment provides a framework that can help reduce energy demand and achieve net zero carbon emissions for all buildings by 2050. Similarly, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a sustainability assessment method used in infrastructure and building projects, setting standards for the environmental performance of buildings, focusing on a sustainable value across a range of categories, including energy usage, health and wellbeing.
Businesses own over half of all registered vehicles on the road. It’s crucial they lead the shift to electric vehicles through their investment decisions and influence on millions of staff and customers worldwide.
Building and electric vehicle policies need to be created in tandem, lowering costs that are associated with both. By working in tandem, the switch to electric vehicles can be an effective driver for building efficiency, which in turn is likely to provide the lowest-cost option to address electric vehicle grid infrastructure needs. Consider joining EV100 - a global initiative by The Climate Group bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.
Moving to renewable energy sources, combined with more efficient energy usage, will help break European reliance on energy imports, improving the competitiveness of European businesses and delivering the EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.