A climate neutral company: How and why?

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More and more companies are striving for climate neutrality. Perhaps your company too? When a company is climate neutral, it does not contribute to climate change. The amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the company is also removed from the atmosphere. But why is it important that this happens and what exactly can your company do with it?

The importance of climate neutrality

The Climate Agreement stipulates that global warming must remain well below the 2°C limit, with an aim for 1.5°C. Exceeding this limit will have disastrous consequences for the climate and the environment. The main goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 49% by 2030 compared to 1990. Companies play a crucial role in this. The share that companies have in greenhouse gas emissions is much larger than, for example, households.

Steps towards a climate neutral company

Although climate neutrality is a challenge for companies, it is a feasible goal. It is essential to take proactive measures to reduce greenhouse gases to net zero. We have outlined the key steps for a successful path to climate neutrality:

  1. Calculate your company's footprint: To start, it is important to know where the environmental impact of your company comes from. A footprint calculation provides you with this insight. Note: include both direct and indirect emissions. Learn more about the different scopes in a CO2 footprint.
  2. Reducing environmental impact: Once it is clear where the direct and indirect environmental impact comes from, you can reduce it in a targeted manner. For example, by making transportation more sustainable, using renewable energy sources, or optimizing processes. To achieve climate neutrality, reducing indirect (Scope 3) emissions is essential as well. It is also important to monitor and improve the environmental impact. Operating climate neutrally is a continuous process. Innovation and sustainability are inherently linked to this.
  3. Sustainability reporting: Document the planning and progress of your 'journey' to climate neutrality in a report. More and more companies are directly or indirectly subject to mandatory sustainability reporting, such as the CSRD. This EU directive is for enterprises within the European Union to assess ecological, social, and governance risks and provide sustainability information to stakeholders.
    The European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) describes the standards for reporting. Sustainability reporting demonstrates transparency about your climate neutrality and substantiates your claims. This is crucial to prevent greenwashing.
  4. Compensation for remaining emissions: The emissions that remain after sustainability measures are usually difficult to reduce. Compensating for these emissions is possible by removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, through tree planting, or by capturing and storing CO2 in the soil. It is advisable to choose a certified carbon removal project to ensure that the greenhouse gases are actually removed from the atmosphere.

Climate neutral company: and now?

By operating climate neutrally, you not only contribute to reducing global warming but also meet the expectations of your customers and investors. Operating climate neutrally can lead to a positive perception among customers, which in turn improves your reputation, and research shows that it increases customer loyalty.

But be careful. Ensure that you communicate sufficiently about your sustainability efforts. Do not be too general or vague. A solid justification of your climate neutrality is crucial. This prevents greenwashing and shows that you take sustainability seriously.

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