What environmental accreditation schemes are available for my organisation?
Climate change has become a key issue for us all. With scientific reports being released every day, we now know more about the changes that are happening to the Earth’s system than ever before. We are also being warned about the projected risks of uncontrolled climate change. It has never been more important to be climate smart, both to protect your business, resources, and the quality of life for future generations.
The latest report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA has found that levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide continued to grow at historically high rates in 2022. Carbon dioxide is now 50% higher than pre-industrial levels. With 2022 being the 11th consecutive year it increased by more than 2 ppm, the highest sustained rate of increases in the 65 years since monitoring began. NOAA scientists state that carbon dioxide is ‘by far the most important contributor to climate change’ and conclude that a quarter of the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels to date have been absorbed by the world’s oceans, contributing to ocean acidification, which may threaten some fisheries and aquaculture around the world.
So, what can you do to help?
Although the science may sound complicated and the challenge daunting there are a number of environmental accreditation schemes that can help you make your business more climate resilient, improve the reputation of your brand and give you a competitive advantage, especially in industries where sustainability and environmental responsibility are becoming increasingly important to consumers.
Achieving an environmental accreditation can require a significant investment of time, resources, and effort, which is why it is important to ensure that you invest your efforts in a recognised scheme that supports the goals that you have for your business and enables you to continually improve your environmental performance over the long term.
Which accreditation scheme should I choose?
There are several environmental accreditation schemes available for small businesses. These are some of the better recognised ones:
So, there are a number of options open to businesses that want to reduce their environmental impact in a way that can be quantified, reported and proven. Each scheme has its own requirements and benefits. Its important to choose a scheme that is the right fit for you and your business.
The future still remains uncertain so considering options to reduce energy consumption to rely less on the grid is becoming more and more necessary.
Climate change has become a key issue for us all. With scientific reports being released every day, we now know more about the changes that are happening to the Earth’s systems.
The impact of the industrial revolution has created a climate where pretty much all our activities have an impact on the environment.
By reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint you can reduce your impact on the environment and resources.
There is a wealth of research being undertaken by the leading academics studying climate change and assessing how we can build climate resilience and reduce risk.
It is important to get good advice to ensure that you avoid the common pitfalls and have a plan that works for you and achieves genuine environmental benefits.