How do I calculate my carbon footprint?

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What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere as a result of a person’s, organisation’s or community’s actions. These greenhouse gases are extremely harmful to our environment and contribute to rising global temperatures.

Why is important to know your carbon footprint?

Calculating your carbon footprint is essential to understanding your impact on the planet and identifying ways to reduce it. Minimising your carbon footprint is vital if you are to become a more sustainable business and to reaching Net Zero.

What is a good carbon footprint for SMEs?

Overall, SMEs in the UK emitted 54 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2019. This is slightly higher than the amount emitted in 2018 but is a 20% fall in emissions compared to 2016. The UK government has set the target of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. Therefore in order to be on track to achieve this, SMEs should aim to reduce emissions by a third over the next decade, which would mean 18 million fewer tons of carbon dioxide emitted per year by 2030.

What can be defined as a ‘good’ carbon footprint depends largely on a sector, carbon footprint incorporates scope 1,2,3 which means emissions caused by the business, directly, indirectly but owned e.g. purchased electricity, steam, heat and indirectly not-owned e.g. emissions occurring in the value chain, therefore what is deemed ‘good’ can vary.

How do I calculate my carbon footprint?

Taking climate action starts by benchmarking your carbon emissions with Zellar. The Zellar business carbon footprint calculator is based on detailed data from 64 micro sectors, giving you a benchmark based on others within your sector. By understanding your business carbon footprint, you can start taking steps to reduce your emissions and accelerate your journey to Net Zero.

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