In 2019, a recent study of over 9000 consumers found that they were 67% more likely to choose from businesses that are taking action on climate change and the environment.
Nearly 1 in 3 consumers claimed to have stopped purchasing certain brands or products because they had ethical or sustainable related concerns about them.
The first steps to becoming carbon neutral as a business involve calculating your carbon footprint. Through our trusted partners, we can then recommend practical steps to reduce your carbon footprint. For unavoidable emissions, we can implement a carbon offsetting strategy tailored to your needs.
By joining The Race To Zero - you differentiate yourself from your competitors. Not only will you set the benchmark and make clear your commitment to tackling climate change, but it will also open your business up to opportunities that might not have been previously available.
Through a combination of strategies, your business can create a big impact to eradicate your operational footprint completely. We understand that some changes are not practical or affordable for some businesses and with that in mind, we can advise on physical changes and accredited offsetting.
It’s no secret that environmentally conscious brands attract more customers who are willing to pay a premium for an eco-conscious product or service. This also applies to public sector tenders, where there’s an increasing awareness around eco-conscious organisations and their commitment to minimising their carbon footprint.
Being involved in The Race To Zero, your staff and key stakeholders will be engaged in your companies aims of achieving carbon neutrality.
Almost half the UK now want to work for an organisation that is proactively having a positive impact on the planet. In a survey of 2200 employees, 44% thought that working for a business that made a positive impact was more important than a higher salary.
Through the diversity of The Race To Zero, it will also provide opportunities for your employees to be actively involved in the organisation's strategy and engage in more sustainable behaviours in their own lives.
As a participant in The Race To Zero, you will make a statement to your employees, investors and other businesses that you are committing to carbon reduction through a voluntary scheme.
All of our business offsetting projects are purchased carbon credits through the United Nations Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes, industry recognised credits audited and verified by the UN, ratified in the Kyoto Protocol.
Additionally to the above, you will be ahead of the proposed changes set out by HMRC associated with the changes to the Carbon Emissions Tax and any future reporting legislation which is released - you will be in a position where your footprint has already been calculated, verified and offset.
1. Using data on the business operations our team are able to calculate your carbon footprint to the ISO 14064 and GHG Protocol emissions Standard. This footprint is calculated and measured in a tonne of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent.
2. This data is recorded on our portal and enables you to monitor and report on your emissions and offsetting efforts.
3. We will then provide advice on how you are able to reduce your emissions, and then offset any remaining carbon footprint using our certified projects. Your offset payment will then be taken as a direct debit each month and you will be provided with regular updates on the projects you are supporting.
All of our carbon offsetting projects are verified to the highest standards via the four largest Carbon Certifications in the world - the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER), UK and EU Emissions Trading Standard (EU + UK ETS), and the United Nations Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes.
The projects we fund are based on transparency and impact at the forefront. We have carefully chosen these projects on this basis and will continue to add projects with that in mind.
All of our carbon offsetting projects are certified to the highest standards through the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), UK and EU Emissions Trading Standard (EU + UK ETS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER) and Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes.
As the four go to and largest most regulated offsetting standards which are globally recognised, we do not work with any project that is not regulated by one of the above. This ensures that the funds are appropriated to the supported offsetting initiatives.
To qualify for these standards, all projects go through a rigorous and public registration and issuance process, third-party audit and are overseen by the CDM Executive Board (appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), ratified by the Kyoto Protocol. Having access to these schemes means that we’re able to use the same offsetting mechanisms as large multinationals and governments.