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If you don’t measure, you can’t manage: how small businesses can achieve net zero

If you’re a small business owner or ops manager looking to reduce your company’s impact on the environment, read on!

At Boxfish, our research shows that many SMEs are keen to embark on the journey towards net zero, but most do not know where to start. The solution is simple: Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR). This is a low-cost, high-reward methodology that can help businesses to benchmark emissions, measure performance and track progress towards that all-important net-zero destination.

Net-zero carbon: using SECR to measure and track performance

Ahead of COP26 later this year, a new report has found that 94% of Scottish businesses say that environmental, social and governance strategy (ESG) is important to their business – but only two thirds have calculated their carbon emissions for the last year. Feedback from our own SME clients suggests that, in many cases, the reason is a lack of information on how to go about it – and the fear that it will be complex, time-consuming, and expensive. This is where SECR comes in and saves the day.

SECR provides a robust tool to not only calculate your company’s carbon emissions, but also to track how they change over time. Though it is mainly targeted at large corporations, the Boxfish team are now using SECR to help smaller businesses quantify their emissions and benchmark their impact on the environment.

Using SECR also allows us to support ambitious companies in mapping out their journey to a more sustainable, net-zero future by assessing the gap between their current environmental status and the Scottish and UK Government backstop of 2045/2050. We can then break down the carbon reduction needed into manageable milestones – typically 3 or 5 years in duration, each with an interim reduction target.

Above and beyond, we can help SMEs to identify and implement other suitable measures to reduce their environmental impact – such as switching to green energy procurement, increasing energy efficiency, and investing in low-carbon and/or renewable technology.

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SECR is cost-effective and, with the help of our energy experts, you’ll find it very easy to navigate. But don’t take our word for it. Get in touch via the contact form below or give us a call on 0141 226 8525 to arrange a free, no-obligation review of your company’s situation – and we’ll prove it to you.

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