Our Business Carbon Footprint - the who, what, when, why and how!
In this short post we will explain our Business Carbon Footprint (BCF). We will cover who it is intended for, what exactly it is, why you should do it, when, and then how you go about getting started. In short, we will be using all of our GCSE English skills to cover who, what, why, when and how!
The BCF has been designed to help SMEs who are at the start of their sustainability journey and just beginning to consider how to better their businesses operations to make them more sustainable. It is not for businesses looking to obtain a carbon neutral certification/net zero certification. Quite apart from not believing that the term carbon neutral can actually apply to a business which has carbon emitting activities, we want to encourage our partners to care less about the badge of a sustainable certification but more about the genuine action that they could take to reduce their impact.
We share all of our calculations, data sources and methodologies with our partners as we believe that the process should be as transparent as possible. Therefore, if you are someone who is genuinely interested in starting your business's impact, but you’re not ready to go for certifications such as PAS2060/2050, this is the option for you.
The BCF aims to give SMEs a quick and actionable insight into their businesses operational carbon footprint. We have designed the process to be accessible to all businesses, regardless of where they are on their sustainability journey. The ‘operational’ part means that the assessment will cover the emissions that a company has operational control over. This means that if a clothing company wants to understand the emissions from its supply chain, it is better placed to consider a Life Cycle Assessment as this will also incorporate emissions which are not under its operational control, but which are a product of its activities.
The BCF is completed in 3 steps, measure, reduce, report and covers scope 1, 2 and 3 activities. There is also the option to offset at the end of the process, but as we said we are more focused on reducing emissions over offsetting them.
Examples of what could be included in the BCF inventory:
It is important to consider why you are interested in completing any form of internal assessment on your environmental impact. There are SO many reasons for completing a BCF…
We have priced our BCF to make it affordable for anyone looking to start understanding their businesses operations on the planet.
The overall process can be divided into three simple steps. These are measure, reduce and report. You also have the opportunity to offset your emissions with us and this will set you to apply for the UN Climate Neutral Now Pledge, which is a way to document your process year on their site.
The BCF process can take as little as a week of work to complete, what takes time is gathering, cleaning and anlaysing data.
If you want to know more, request our information pack and book in a call with our sustainability advisor here today!