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Carbon footprint calculator for business

To find out how much of impact your business has on the environment, use the tool below. After answering a series of questions, you’ll get an ‘eco rating’ based on your answers. Good luck!

What is a carbon footprint?

The technical definition of your business’s carbon footprint is: the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere as a result of your business and its activities. More colloquially, the term ‘carbon footprint’ is used to refer generally to an individual’s or organisation’s overall impact on the environment.

There are a large number of elements that contribute to a business’s carbon footprint. Some of these elements – such as energy consumption and waste production – are relatively easy to measure, as demonstrated in the above tool. However other elements – for example the eco-friendliness of organisations in your supply chain, and the indirect environmental effects of any products your business may send out into the world – are not always as tangible, and are therefore more difficult to calculate.

Calculating carbon footprints for business

Because of the aforementioned difficulty with accurately measuring every element that comprises a business’s carbon footprint, the above tool takes into consideration only the most tangible elements, in the name of simplicity.

If you wanted to more comprehensively measure your business’s carbon emissions, then it’s likely that you would need to do this over a period of time – at least six months – and measure the footprint not only of your business’s immediate activities, but also its secondary activities. Secondary activities result in carbon emissions created indirectly by your business – for instance this could be a product that you sell to customers that has a lot of packaging.

How to reduce your business’s carbon footprint

If you’re interested in reducing the size of your business’s carbon footprint, then there are a number of actions that you can take. Some of these may include:

Reducing the amount of transport required by your business

This could mean encouraging staff to carpool, offering a ride-to-work scheme, investing in technology to accommodate video meetings and conferences, or allowing staff to work from home.

Managing your energy consumption

Reducing the amount of energy that your business consumes is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint, or you could also consider buying energy from a green supplier, or even investing in your own renewable energy generation technology.

Reduce waste, increase recycling

Simply being mindful of the amount of waste that your business sends to landfill can make quite the impact on reducing your carbon footprint. Make recycling facilities available where appropriate throughout your business premises, and ensure that no recyclable materials go into general waste.

Educate your staff

Make your staff aware of waste management, energy consumption, and transport in order to keep your footprint to a minimum. It’s important that your staff are on board and engaged with the carbon reducing activities that your business undertakes.

The above are just some simple steps that you can consider taking in order to reduce your business’s environmental footprint. You may already actively practice some of the above, or they may be changes that you still need to make. Either way, you can find a more information on reducing your business’s carbon footprint here.

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