Use your action plan to set out your overall aims and objectives and step-by-step details of how you’ll reach net zero and by when. Use it to formulate milestones which you can report on to celebrate your progress.
Remember your action plan is a working document. You can update it as you refine and improve your carbon footprint measurement.
|Carbon footprint baseline year||2019|
|Carbon footprint||600 tonnes|
|At [Business Name], we know that doing business sustainably is vital for everyone’s future. It’s crucial that we act now and that’s why we’re working towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
We’ve made a commitment to halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, achieve net zero emissions before 2040 and we’ll disclose our progress yearly.
To reach this goal, we’ll be taking the following actions.
|We’ll improve the quality of our carbon footprint data by implementing a more thorough measurement tool for calculating employee commuting. We’ll gain a better understanding and a more accurate measurement of our Scope 3 emissions for procured products and services.|
|Timings||Measurable improvements to be made by end of 2022|
|Cost||No direct cost except ongoing administration and project management costs|
|Owner||Our climate action working group|
|Approximate emissions reduction||No direct emissions reductions as a result (in fact an increase could show in the short term with better measurement), but better data will mean a more thorough and accurate process for reaching our net zero target|
|We’ll switch to green energy for both* of our office sites taking these steps:
*Any new office/sites to be included
|Timings||By end of 2022|
|Cost||TBC – potentially an increase in monthly bills|
|Approximate emissions reduction||120 tonnes|
|We’ll reduce emissions from company owned vehicles for customer visits by 50% through these actions:|
|Timings||By end of 2025|
|Cost||TBC – cost savings expected|
|Approximate emissions reduction||45 tonnes|
|We’ll start offsetting our carbon emissions. Our goal is to become net zero by 2040, but on our journey to achieving this we’ll offset our emissions alongside making reductions year-on-year.|
|Timings||On an annual basis, starting in 2022|
|Cost||Approximately £15 per tonne|
|Approximate emissions reduction||We won’t view this is a reduction in carbon emissions until we’ve made all possible reductions and are in a position to purchase removal offsets for unavoidable
Add further actions as needed!
|Carbon footprint in baseline year of 2019||600 tonnes|
|Estimated carbon footprint by 2030*|
|Estimated unavoidable carbon footprint by 2040**|
*You need to at least halve your carbon footprint by 2030
**This will be your net zero carbon footprint with removal offsets purchased for unavoidable emissions