In the UK, small businesses have been called upon to take small, practical steps to cut their emissions. CO2 as part of the country’s journey to be net zero by 2050. The call was made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in May of this year.
With a campaign called “Business Climate Leaders”, the initiative wants to encourage small companies to commit to halving their emissions by 2030 and zeroing them by 2050 or before.
For this, small businesses can count on the support of the Climate Center for Business, in the United Kingdom. There, they find practical tools, materials and advice to understand their emissions and develop a plan to reduce them.
Indicated steps may include installing energy-saving light bulbs, switching to electric vehicles and other cleaner forms of transport to reduce the carbon footprint, the search for eco-friendly packaging options or the introduction of work cycles for employees.
For the British government, acting on climate change will help businesses grow, seize new opportunities, create new jobs, encourage investment and adapt to the challenges of a changing planet.
At the same time, reducing emissions can lower companies’ operating costs, save money and attract new customers – ultimately helping them maintain a competitive advantage locally and globally.
Zero Carbon Seal
In Brazil, some smaller companies have already adopted practices to reduce their emissions or neutralize their carbon footprint. This is the case of Diamante, in the transport sector for five decades, with headquarters in Paraná and 92 employees.
The company won the Carbono Zero seal at the end of 2020. Caio Cantú, executive director of Diamante, explains that the company neutralized all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicles (trucks) of its own fleet and subcontractors for the year 2020.
Emissions were measured based on the GHG Protocol guidelines and the carbon credits acquired to neutralize emissions are certified by the Verified Carbon Standard.
These credits, according to him, come from the Jari-Pará REDD+ Project, developed by Biofílica, a project that works by preventing the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, preserving biodiversity and supporting sustainable local socioeconomic development.
In addition to neutralizing emissions, Diamante has other actions to minimize its environmental impact.
“Our transport operations are constantly audited, the operation’s vehicles undergo frequent audits to certify that the levels of gas emissions are within the permitted range”, says Cantú. “The constant search for fleet renewal is also a goal of the company, bringing more technology that improves consumption and running performance per liter of diesel.” According to him, the average age of the fleet is 2.2 years.