The 15-Minute Guide to Reducing your Carbon Footprint

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Scientists tell us that the world needs to halve emissions over the next decade and reach net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century if we are to limit global temperature rises.
To assist in achieving this goal an agreement was made in Paris on the 12th of December 2015 to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
This agreement, known as The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties at the COP21 in Paris. (COP – Conference of the Parties).

The reality is that many small to medium enterprises (SME’s) are struggling to get started on a sustainable “journey to net zero carbon emissions”. The reason may be that it seems complicated. It’s not complicated, but can be time consuming! You need to identify where energy is being consumed in the business e.g., read your electricity and gas meters, then start to collect and log all the relevant data in an emissions monitor spreadsheet.

OK it’s not that simple! You will need a sustainable energy strategy to engage everyone in the organisation and roll out the project in small steps. From the data you collect you can decide on key performance indicators and look at ways of reducing your emissions – for example an easy way to get started is to change to a green energy supplier.

This short practical guide will explain terminology like Net Zero, Carbon Footprint, and Greenhouse gases etc.
Also included are some practical examples of how you can get started with a route map and set up your own monitoring and reporting system, based on UK government guidelines, to track your organisation’s carbon reduction activities and results.

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FORWARD.. iii
1.. INTRODUCTION.. 1
2.. THE TERMINOLOGY. 2
3.. THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE. 4
4.. WHY CARBON DIOXIDE MATTERS. 6
5.. THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANTS. 8
6.. AN EXCESS OF CARBON DIOXIDE. 9
6.1  CARBON SINKS. 10
7.. A ROADMAP TO NET ZERO.. 11
7.1 GREENHOUSE GAS PROTOCOL. 12
8.. DEVELOPING THE ROADMAP. 14
8.1 AGREE THE MEASURES. 15
8.2  COLLECT THE DATA. 17
8.3 SET TARGETS AND PLAN PROCESSES. 19
8.4 ENGAGE EMPLOYEES AND AGREE LOW COST ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. 21
9.. CARBON REDUCTION OPPORTUNITIES. 24
  1. MANAGING THE PROCESS. 27
  2. COMMITMENT. 30
12. ABOUT THE AUTHOR   31

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