Most businesses have poorer data than they need to be able to take action on net zero.
That’s the suggestion from Simon Alsbury, Managing Director of Energise, who spoke to future Net Zero News Editor Jonny Bairstow in the fifth of a series of podcasts titled ‘Counting Carbon’ – he explained the three main steps that companies can implement now to kickstart their decarbonisation journey and begin driving down emissions while maintaining economic success.
He emphasised that it is vital for businesses to figure out where they need better data and start to plan how to improve that straight away.
Mr Alsbury said: “Most organisations that are looking at the scope 3 elements of their carbon footprint have poorer data than they will need in future in order to be able to take action, there’s quite a lot of estimation in some organisations around that, and that poorer quality data actually sometimes prohibits the action because the estimates mean you’re not actually fully understanding what the activity is.”
He stressed businesses must act now to ensure they can take action in the future, and noted it was equally important to prioritise ‘what levers they can pull’ to make a difference to your carbon footprint and work out an order of priority in which they can be used.
The Energise Managing Director also highlighted the importance of working out how fast emissions can be reduced – he said it is likely to come down to finding a balance between wanting to become more sustainable and the economic constraints of doing so within a certain timeframe.