Climate change is the defining challenge of our time and the threat it poses to our current way of life is a real and present danger.
In 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that we have just 12 years in which to prevent the worst effects of climate change – extreme heat, droughts, floods and poverty. This means that the time is definitely right for everyone – including businesses – to take action and fight the climate crisis. We all have a part to play in building a sustainable future, even if it means challenging embedded ways of thinking and taking action across all aspects of life.
Drawing a line in the sand
Over 1,400 local authorities, governments and businesses large and small have now declared a climate emergency, since the first one was made by Darebin Council, in northern Melbourne, Australia back in 2016. But what does it mean to declare a climate emergency?
Firstly, by declaring a climate emergency, you’re recognising that global warming exists and is a threat to life. As a business, you’re also acknowledging that carrying on the way we are is not sustainable if we want to limit the most harmful effects of climate change. Of course, it’s more than just words; it’s a commitment to take urgent action across all areas of your business so that it becomes more sustainable and reduces its carbon footprint.
So, how do you go about declaring a climate emergency and putting sustainability at the heart of your business? Put simply, it means aligning your deeds with your words and committing to work positively to future-proof your business.
And the good news is that declaring a climate emergency makes good business sense: we’re seeing increasing numbers of consumers buying from brands with an ethical and sustainable business model. In 2018, Forbes published an article which found that 87% of consumers have a more positive image of a company that supports social and environmental issues, and 88% would be more loyal to a company that supports these issues.
Assess your carbon impact
Firstly, then, you’ll need to identify what your business currently does that has a negative carbon impact on the environment. The best way to do this is to break it down into key operational areas like energy and utilities, transport, food, waste, finance, supply chain and people. You can start by identifying the things you’re going to tackle first, and set some benchmarks, targets and a reporting framework by which you can monitor and celebrate your successes.
Why not make the pledge to get to carbon zero with Zellar? Zellar can help you on your sustainability journey, guiding you on your way to carbon zero. Starting with your energy, Zellar will give you unique access to the key measures behind your business. Discover how much CO2 is being emitted to power your business, compare your usage to other businesses across the country and discover where your energy is coming from. Once you get started, you can track your journey to carbon zero and unlock cost savings too!
A simple and quick first step you can take is to switch energy supplier to 100% green electricity from a supplier like our partner, Ecotricity. You’ll reduce your business’s carbon footprint from electricity to zero through this simple action. It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll get the best direct commission free prices, unlocking savings that can help you fund the rest of your sustainability journey.
Declare your own climate emergency and make the pledge to get to carbon zero with Zellar.