This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.
The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November
Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. Interested parties can find out more and register to attend Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero events here, and the Sustainable Business Summit here.
It’s important to remember that no matter the size of your business or the nature of industry your commitment to reducing carbon could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs.
Now although achieving carbon neutrality via supply chains is hard at the moment, monitoring and managing supply chain carbon emissions is something that can still be achieved – to reduce we must be able to record, initially.
Below are a few practical tips businesses can implement to help monitor, manage and reduce their emissions in order to progress to net zero:
Record and Monitor
To commit to tackling carbon emissions, a good place to start is to actively monitor where and the amount of carbon your business currently emits. Although all processes emit carbon to varying degrees, I have detailed some examples of processes below
some may not apply directly to your business but on average these stats represent a majority of small to medium businesses.
Operational cost savings, greater resilience and an improved reputation amongst your customer base and supply chain are some benefits to be found from net zero businesses. With operational functions defined by processes, it might be useful to analyse processes with methods and equipment to define emissions in relation to the supply chain for example:
Other Practical Tips
The changes for other businesses may not be applicable to yours, however committing to change can come in many ways, here are some more tips to manage and reduce your carbon emissions:
Reducing carbon emissions for a business that transports goods seems a daunting task, however here are some useful pieces of information that can be adopted to aid in becoming net zero.
OnLogistics has changed processes to reduce carbon emission through more efficient packaging in 2020. These include reducing the amount of packaging used to save space, reduce weight and minimise carbon to create more efficient logistics operation. To read more about how and why we embarked on making packaging more efficient visit: Case Study – The Impacts of Efficient Packaging - OnLogistics.
Gurdas Singh, Sales & Marketing Manager, OnLogistics