Net Zero: Why should you put a plan in place now?

With so many parts to consider in your net zero journey we discuss why it's important to start taking action now and getting a plan in place.

Posted on Apr 22, 2022

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Achieving net zero is a long-term challenge and it’s important that your organisation understands the scale of what lies ahead alongside what your current carbon emissions are and what actions need to happen to reduce them as far as possible.

This is why you should start planning now.

The first step – Gather data, analyse, and gain insight

The sooner you start to understand the scale of your journey to net zero the better it will be. It takes knowledge and data to create a clearer picture before looking at action and building your plan.

Your current carbon footprint is going to give you these and help define what action you take next. If you’re unsure about your carbon footprint, why not take a read our recent blog called Carbon Footprint: What is it and why is it important to know yours where we dive into the topic in more detail.

As part of our Review service, we work with you on creating a roadmap – your pathway to net zero utilising your gathered data and forecasting to show clearly the routes you could take, and actions needed along the way thus forming your plan. We also like to highlight how your carbon emissions will change based on an agreed set of actions. We can even show you the impact of different sets of actions to allow you to understand the effects of the choices you make and help to inform your decision making. It is through this process that you can really start to determine the scale not only of your emissions but of the projects involved too.

Getting you prepared

Once you have your carbon footprint, forecast and roadmap you will have everything you need to make this plan a reality. Having this knowledge will enable you to establish the financial costs that your journey to net zero will incur and this is where funding schemes can help.

If you know what projects you are going to be working on and what is required you are then prepared to apply for funding when it becomes available, for example the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) which launched in 2020 as part of the government’s ‘Build Back Greener’ campaign. You can read more details about PSDS and how the funding works here.

Don’t delay

As you have read from above the key message is to start and start now. We know that this can be an overwhelming prospect and many of our customers are at very different stages of their net zero journey. Therefore, we can help you at whatever stage you are at – whether that’s at the beginning and needing the review for your carbon emissions, to forecasting and building a roadmap or even conducting studies into specific areas. For example, social housing, area wide emissions and supply chain emissions.

Let’s talk about your Net Zero needs

If you would like to find out more about our Zero Carbon solution services you can do so by visiting us here. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to a member of our team about how we can help your organisation, reach out to us.

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