We run businesses and from that we emit greenhouse gases whether we produce a service or a product. Emission reduction targets talk to all of us.
For a safe climate and liveability the world has agreed on the emission reduction targets for the next 30 years. For you and I this journey, that will see new businesses emerge and today’s businesses go well into the 21stcentury incl. past 2050, is established right here in the G21 region. By implementing solutions and taking action to avoid and reduce your emission to world targets you not only manage your climate-risks, you also build on opportunities in the low carbon economy by being an employer of choice and reinforcing your market position. Climate-risks include but are not limited to:
- The risk of falling off your supply chains. The supply chain almost certainly contains the bulk of your ecological footprint and many supply chains are already on the move
- Increased cost of waste disposal
- Increased insurance premium and even running the risk of being uninsurable
Initially I am not the one to hand you your company (or household) emission target. It has already been set and I will leave that part up to the smartest person in our world economy of climate change Christiana Figueres the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Please view this three-minute video in plain English where Christiana delivers our emission reduction trajectory.
Now you know the top priority for our businesses (and households) to walk financially, securely and safely across New Years Eve on 31 December 2029 (initially). Emission targets are of course to be meet through an exponential decline in emission from today and not deferred for the very last day of the 2020s.
For us getting to these targets, the answer sits in distinguishing between the proportion of your emission that is avoidable and the part that is unavoidable for you to continue running and building your business at 50%, 75% and 95% reduced carbon emission. Challenge YES. Difficult YES (if you like jumping through hoops). Possible YES. We have solutions to action both of the categories for managing climate risks and opportunities in a growing low carbon market.
An example of a solution and there are many more
The impact of flights is frequently acknowledged on a business’ carbon footprint inventory. Ways to build a climate conscious travel policy at a workplace start with investigating the ease of booking an online conference meeting compared to booking a flight. To finally compensate emission from unavoidable flying through supporting effective and reliable carbon credit projects that reduces CO2 emission. The later climate compensation is a relevant solution for companies, councils and individuals who choose to fly and wish to reduce impact on climate from flights. In summary, investigating the sustainable choice is applied as the first, easiest and most obvious choice in all your workplace practices.
Questions to ask in your business
- What is our actual emission compared to the-could-have and the-should-have?
- How do we distinguish between our avoidable and unavoidable emission and which of these two is the largest in our workplace?
- How much do we spend on energy and resources (electricity, gas, fuel, waste and water) as a percentage of operational expenses? For us how much is 50%, 75% and 95% actually?
Specific solutions for your business
Wish to talk the How-To (energy, waste and carbon auditing or carbon neutrality) reduce your avoidable and unavoidable emissions to get to the 2030-2050 targets? Happy to talk on 0400 846 566 or visit www.heidifog.com.au for more information.
PS: During the recent week CoGG agreed and accepted plans for linking Waurn Ponds and Geelong CBD with bike paths through Belmont High Street. An excellent opportunity to reduce company indirect emission from staff travel to and from work on your carbon footprint inventory. Plan your bike incentives and parking facilities at your workplace today.
Sustainability Consultant - Heidi Fog
Heidi offers a unique combination of carbon and energy auditing, carbon neutrality, carbon credits and offsetting and business intelligence with excellent stakeholder engagement abilities. She is a highly experienced sustainability professional, who has worked with and enabled more than 100 businesses achieve and maintain carbon neutrality and facilitated sustainability to over sixty early learning organisations and schools. Heidi reduces the barriers to stakeholder participation by taking a common sense, business centric approach. Organisations are able to take incremental steps to improving their carbon footprint and manage their climate risks with her expert guidance.Heidi Fog