The evidence is clear, if we don’t act now then climate change jeopardises the future of the planet. There needs to be a huge commitment from business and governments to follow through on bold promises, developing credible plans that will cut carbon emissions to net zero and increase resilience against the disruptive potential of climate change. Crucially, those commitments need to be underpinned by a clear strategy that delivers deep, ambitious decarbonisation.
With sector specialist teams, Avieco will help you plan for net zero, integrating sustainability into all aspects of your business, whilst building trust with stakeholders.
Net zero: a daunting prospect?
Put simply, corporate net zero can be understood to mean that any emissions are reduced by at least 90%, with any remaining emissions then neutralised by the absorption of equivalent amount of emissions from the atmosphere. There are various ways in which you can remove carbon from the atmosphere to balance your emissions, including both nature-based solutions (e.g. through forest restoration) and technological approaches (e.g. direct air capture and storage). Whilst technical barriers remain to rolling out these measures at scale. Innovative business are investing in carbon credits or designing their own carbon sequestration projects, to take action in advance of their chosen net zero target year.
Sounds simple enough, but with a proliferation of standards and methodologies and given that many organisations have limited influence over scope 3 emissions, the prospect of achieving net zero can feel daunting.
Our approach to net-zero is bespoke, robust and credible
Working with global corporations and national businesses, government departments and international institutions, we design bespoke approaches to net zero which considers what drives your emissions, the decarbonisation levers available, wider sectoral trends and industry best practice and your businesses unique profile.
Here are our top five tips to get started on your net zero journey:
Understand your carbon footprint
Know where your emissions hotspots are across your value chain, including where emissions of your suppliers or products are critical parts of your business ecosystem. It is imperative to know where you are starting from to set robust and ambitious climate targets. It’s your first step to taking action.
Set your targets
Set a roadmap and create targets. With a baseline measured, you’re in a strong position to set your targets, by aligning with The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) or other relevant sectoral standards, such as Tech Zero.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Once you have set a target you are now able to reduce your carbon footprint. Make the easy changes first and take advantage of any cost savings associated with lower emissions systems, fleets, or facilities. Decarbonising hard-to-abate emission sources will take time, so it’s worth initialising engagement as soon as possible.
Consider your appraoch to neutralisation
Do you want to invest in carbon credits or design your own bespoke carbon sequestration projects? Do you want to start now or wait until your net zero target year?
Talk about your climate action
Educate and amplify your sustainability message with clarity and transparency. Customers, staff and investors will want to know about it and will want to engage with you.
The pursuit of net zero emissions should, of course, fit into a broader sustainability strategy and be complemented by credible reduction targets. Ultimately we’ll work with you to achieve net zero in a robust, credible manner, tailored to your organisation.
The future is net zero, we can help you get there
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Gijs Voskuilen, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bunzl
Avieco has been the preferred environmental consultant since the beginning of our journey to become a sustainable company. Dentsu Aegis has worked with Avieco’s experts on various areas, such as carbon footprint reporting and assurance support, and recently also advised us how to switch our global network to renewable electricity. The team’s expertise on environmental sustainability is impressive, and the work delivered is always of highest standard.
Lars Holm, Global Senior Manager CSR, Dentsu Aegis Network
Avieco informatively led us through the processes needed to reduce our carbon footprint. With their clear and concise advice we have been able to effectively reduce our energy and waste levels. Avieco made the complex notion of energy efficiency into a manageable and achievable reality
Nigel Pink, Group Engineering Manager, Dominos UK & Ireland Ltd
Avieco delivered exactly the workshop we needed to get our sustainability team and regional leads on the same page when it comes to ‘market-based’ reporting. It’s a challenging area to tackle for a global business – particularly when we operate in a number of markets where there is little or no choice in terms of energy purchasing. Avieco has given us the knowledge and tools to ensure we get our disclosures right – they really exceeded my expectations for what we could achieve in one afternoon!
Dr Julia Rowe, Group Sustainability Advisor, Johnson Matthey
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