Why are companies choosing to go carbon-negative?

What does it mean to be carbon-negative and what advantages does it bring?

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Setting environmental strategies for your business can often be confusing. You might feel overwhelmed by the constant stream of jargon that surrounds net zero emissions.

Becoming carbon negative can accelerate your business towards its net zero targets.

You have reached carbon negativity if the amount of carbon emissions you remove from the atmosphere is larger than the amounts you are releasing into the atmosphere. This might include bioenergy processes with carbon capture and storage, for example.

We take a look at what it means to be carbon-negative and the vast array of advantages it brings.

Going beyond net zero

Organisations such as Microsoft and IKEA have recently announced plans to become carbon-negative. There are many reasons for this, including improving your sustainability reputation amongst clients and staying ahead of competitors.

Becoming carbon-negative can also help to mitigate risks, such as the possibility of future taxes on carbon emissions. You may also reduce your energy costs, as businesses endeavour to change bad emissions habits on their sites. These measures can range from a switch in vehicles, to heating, lighting and air conditioning units.

By changing your daily business processes and actively removing carbon from the atmosphere, you are making a positive impact – both on your business and the atmosphere.

Becoming sustainable is now the corporate strategy of choice, helping businesses to strive ahead of competitors and towards net zero targets.

The EIC effect

Salisbury Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of commercial facilities management. EIC came highly recommended after previously providing carbon compliance services to a contact that had recently joined the client. This provided reassurance that we would provide an efficient and trustworthy service.

Salisbury’s aim was to better understand their carbon footprint and set a realistic roadmap to carbon neutrality. We identified transportation as an area of significant energy consumption and release of emissions. Transitioning transportation towards more sustainable options is often challenging, both in the short and long-term.

Salisbury decided to offset their emissions through EIC, as a transitory step. The company purchased carbon credits, accredited by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), totalling 110% of their 2019 carbon footprint.

Through offsetting their carbon emissions, Salisbury became carbon-negative. Not only does this provide reputational advantages, it will also help Salisbury to stay ahead of the curve. Sustainability is becoming the most effective way of overtaking competitors.

Salisbury Group is now better prepared for future legislation and the company has changed customer perception.

How can EIC help?

Becoming carbon negative is good for everyone. Being eco-friendly and efficient brings great environmental, economic and social advantages.

At EIC, we aim to support our clients as they begin their journey towards net zero. Our market insight, expert guidance and comprehensive range of energy and carbon services mean we can provide the most effective solutions for your business.

To learn more about how EIC can help you reach your carbon negative goals, contact us today.