In June 2019, the UK became world leaders as the first major economy to pass a net zero emissions law. Many others have made an environmental pledge, and there are now over 110 countries that have committed to bringing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to net zero by 2050.
As pressure mounts on the UK to deliver on its promise, so does pressure on industry. More and more organisations are announcing their own climate ambitions and setting targets which support our transition to carbon neutrality. But how do you go about developing your organisation’s net zero plan, and how do you use your climate ambitions to deliver real change?
Supporting your journey to Net Zero
Understand– A successful net zero strategy is built on a robust carbon footprint. Therefore, it’s imperative that you have accurate and reliable emissions data that can stand up to scrutiny from the offset. Inspired Energy measure your scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, supporting you with data collection to establish your baseline. They then facilitate stakeholder consultation workshops to understand your ambitions and confirm your budget and investment criteria.
Plan– Through in-depth site surveys, transport reviews and desktop analysis, Inspired Energy’s energy and carbon experts will assess the options specifically applicable to your business, and model your future energy consumption, costs, and emissions. These options will be factored into your bespoke net zero strategy and decarbonisation targets. Inspired Energy also strongly encourage setting Science Based Targets to demonstrate a meaningful commitment.
Do– Inspired Energy supply a wide range of energy and carbon reduction solutions. So, whether it’s energy auditing, procurement of green energy and carbon offsets, behavioural change training, improved metering, solar PV, battery storage, or electric vehicle solutions, they can help you facilitate these projects and arrange for investment-grade proposals.
Review– To ensure you’re hitting your milestones and taking any corrective action that may be needed, Inspired Energy provide all you need to track progress effectively through quarterly updates, annual carbon footprint reports including performance vs. targets, and annual net zero strategy reviews. They will also deliver all the reporting that you require for SECR and ESOS as well as voluntary schemes such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
The importance of science based targets
A Science Based Target (SBT) is a target that is aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement. When developing a net zero strategy, businesses who want to drive real change will need to think carefully about target-setting – and Inspired Energy strongly encourage that you use an SBT. A net zero strategy that follows an SBT is the best way to demonstrate that your organisation is contributing to global emissions reductions in a robust way.
Why choose Inspired Energy?
The conversation surrounding sustainability is getting louder, but Inspired Energy understand that not all of it is clear. And while business leaders may understand the problem, not everyone knows how best to tackle it. As the UK’s leading utilities consultancy*, Inspired Energy have the experience needed to support your carbon reduction ambitions. Their expertise and broad service offering mean they can support your net zero journey from development right through to implementation and review.
*Rated number 1 TPI in the UK in the I&C Index Ranking 2019 – Cornwall Insight