The WLT Carbon Balanced programme provides organisations with the means to quantify their greenhouse gas emissions and offset any they cannot avoid.
Why offset your organisation's emissions?
Globally, the business sector is directly responsible for over 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses will therefore play a vital role in tackling global emissions. In the UK, the 2008 Climate Change Act mandates that emissions must fall by at least 80% by 2050. Similar binding policy commitments are emerging in other countries.
The UK’s statutory five-year carbon budgets set out how emission reductions will be achieved across all sectors of the UK economy. In response, many firms are evaluating what steps they will need to take, and those that voluntarily move early may gain advantages over their competitors.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Many firms are already assessing how they can improve energy efficiency, thus reducing energy costs and demonstrating corporate social responsibility (CSR). Many consumers already demand evidence that firms with which they deal are acting on climate change.
By offsetting through WLT, organisations are contributing to biodiversity conservation and tackling climate change at the same time, creating a compelling CSR story.
Studies show that nearly two thirds of UK consumers are more likely to buy from a business which they think is actively addressing the issue of climate change.
The need to reduce or, where appropriate, offset emissions applies to all parts of society and the WLT Carbon Balanced programme has, for example, helped public sector bodies such as schools and local authorities address their climate impact.
How Carbon Balanced at the World Land Trust can help
WLT assists organisations in quantifying their carbon footprint and, where appropriate, offsetting their unavoidable emissions. We recommend that organisations seeking to offset their emissions through the Carbon Balanced programme follow three steps:
- Assess current emissions: By conducting a free carbon emissions audit, the WLT provides organisations with the opportunity to assess their carbon footprint.
- Reduce emissions: We urge that organisations take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and suggest websites providing advice on how to reduce your emissions.
- Offset unavoidable emissions: Whilst every effort must be made to reduce emissions at source, some emissions may be unavoidable, at least in the short-term. Through Carbon Balanced habitat conservation and restoration projects, the WLT can help you offset these unavoidable emissions.
By following these three steps, organisations can both reduce their impact on the climate and make a valuable contribution to global biodiversity conservation.