Your carbon footprint
Why should my business reduce its carbon footprint?
Higher and volatile energy costs mean businesses should stop energy waste to help them thrive.
Companies that manage their carbon emissions responsibly could also enhance their brand value, helping to make themselves more attractive to potential customers and investors.
Making a start
Calculating your carbon footprint is the first step towards energy efficiency.
It also means you can report the figure or gain independent certification for marketing or corporate responsibility purposes.
Communicating your carbon footprint to employees can help to engage them in the process of carbon reduction and energy management. If you are going to ask your staff to try and save energy, it's important to show them the difference they are making to the company's emissions – which means they need to know the starting point and, ideally, the progress they are making. The data they collect may also help identify efficiencies in existing processes and practices.
Plus, of course, if you do manage to save energy, you'll see a reduction in costs – and a better bottom line.
The government has produced a user guide to help small businesses measure and report their carbon footprint, which might be a good place to start.