Carbon footprint is a buzzword we hear a lot in our community, whether it be in the environmental sector or in day-to-day life. Let’s break down what it actually is. By definition, carbon footprint is “a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person/ group”
For you, as a regular person, your carbon footprint can range from the utilities used in your home to the clothes that you wear. If you own a business, your company’s carbon footprint is dependent on what your operations are, from the building you operate from to the waste that you produce.
Why should you measure your carbon footprint?
Our increasing carbon footprint greatly affects the environment, and anything that we can do to minimise our impact is a step in the right direction.
So how can you tackle your carbon footprint?
- Identify your Scope 1 emissions: These are emissions that you or your organisation directly produce by burning fossil fuels, for example, the emissions of your diesel company vehicle when it is driven.
- Identify your Scope 2 emissions: These are related to any energy that is purchased by yourself or your company, for example, electricity and heating.
- Identify your Scope 3 emissions: Scope 3 sources are within your supply chain, which you don’t necessarily have control over. It is also difficult to measure.
Once you have identified your carbon emissions, you are able to set a base rate for yourself or your company to improve on.
What are we doing, you wonder? Read about it here. If you need any further support on how to tackle your carbon footprint, do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01392 247035.