Carbon Offsetting: what is it, and what does it mean for businesses?


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Carbon Offsetting: what is it, and what does it mean for businesses?

Newcastle-based energy assessment experts, Green Zone Surveys, is highlighting the importance for businesses to understand and be ready to work towards Net Zero, given the UK’s aspirations.


For many companies, trying to achieve Net Zero without reducing emissions in the first place will likely mean a reliance on carbon offsetting to reach their goals – but what is carbon offsetting, and what does it mean for businesses?


What is Carbon Offsetting?


Carbon offsetting is where a company, rather than reducing their emissions, pays to “offset” their emissions by funding green projects.

This could be funding projects to plant trees or protect forests, for example, and in doing this, companies can label their products or services as “carbon neutral”, as their efforts and emissions ultimately balance out.


What is the difference between Net Zero and carbon neutral?


Whilst Net Zero and carbon neutral are related, they are different and mean different things to different sectors.

The term “carbon neutral” tends to be used predominantly by larger corporations when describing carbon offsetting – particularly those with high emissions such as distribution companies, manufacturers, or airlines.

There are some criticisms over the concept of carbon offsetting and carbon neutral, with some companies using this to “greenwash” their customers into thinking they are doing everything they can to help.


How can my business contribute?


The best thing a business can do to contribute to a greener world is to reduce their emissions as much as possible, or by trying to capture and store the emissions before they are released.

According to energy assessment experts, Green Zone Surveys, measuring your carbon emissions should formulate the first, and most important step, and it is vitally important to ensure calculations are accurate, to provide a solid understanding of what to reduce and how to achieve this.

Conducting energy assessment reports, such as a commercial energy audit or carbon reduction report, will help businesses to measure and report on their carbon footprint, identify quick wins to reduce carbon emissions and provide recommendations to support their journey towards Net-Zero.


Green Zone Surveys can help!


Green Zone Surveys (UK) Ltd can provide Level 1Level 2 or Level 3 energy audits in compliance with the methodology outlined in with ISO 50002 or BS EN 16247: 2012, as well as detailed carbon reduction reports, outlining carbon footprints and recommendations that benefit both your company and the environment.

As one of the UK’s longest established providers of building and energy compliance surveys, Green Zone has been there since the beginning and has worked alongside businesses of all different sizes in a variety of industries. This means you can breathe easy knowing you are working with professional, industry experts who have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the full compliance process.



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