As part of the Paris agreement, countries around the world agreed to pursue efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this, countries must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by around 2050.
In 2019, the UK government became the first major economy to pass a net zero emissions law. And with it, a target that will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Net zero means that any carbon emissions created are balanced (kind of cancelled out) by taking the same amount out of the atmosphere. So we’ll reach net zero when the amount of carbon emissions we add is no more than the amount taken away.
By reducing your organisation’s carbon emissions, you’ll be helping Great Britain to reach the wider goal of net zero.
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All companies will need to embark on the journey to Net Zero. We believe the sooner you do this, the better. During your journey, the biggest contributor to your overall carbon footprint is likely to be your supply chain.
As a supplier, you have a direct impact on the carbon footprint of your customers as your suppliers have a direct impact on your carbon footprint.
Companies are already asking suppliers to provide a Net Zero Reduction Plan. Also, government NOW require a Net Zero Reduction Plan to tender for medium to large contracts. This is just the start and ALL companies will need a Net Zero Reduction Plan as standard business practice.
Your certificate does 3 things:
It isn’t necessary to show complex environmental improvement projects, although that’s great if you can, we’re interested in the smaller initiatives such as:
Companies and organisations urgently need to reduce their environmental impact. The ECCS (Environmental Commitment Certification Scheme) helps them rise to the challenge and maintain competitiveness.
Action on climate change is required from all of us. However, businesses and organisations of all sizes carry a special responsibility as a significant contributor to carbon emissions. By changing their actions and those of their suppliers, companies can have a direct impact on the environment, make an immediate and valuable contribution to sustainability and promote the development of a circular economy.
Recognition as a sustainable business can have transformative benefits including:
We’re not looking for overblown document management systems containing complex monitoring and analysis, audit programmes, meeting structures, etc. we want to see that your organisation has set some achievable environmental improvement initiatives and that you have measures to maintain them.
We’ll provide you with access to our online environmental commitment tool which allows you to submit all of the information needed online. Once we have conducted our independent review and approval is granted, your organisation will be granted ECCS certification for one year.
In celebration of your ECCS certification, we will arrange for 10 trees to be planted in the United Kingdom via our corporate partnership scheme.
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