The Six Steps of a Carbon Offset Journey: Where Are You?
Businesses of all shapes, sizes, and types are now able to reduce the impact they have on the environment and their local communities and, ideally, work toward offsetting their carbon entirely.
At Procurri, we’re proud of our sustainability credentials and in particular that we’ve been accredited as a Carbon Neutral Organization. It’s taken a lot to reach that point but through the journey, there were – and continue to be – six steps of continuous improvement.
Carbon Offset Journey, Step 1: Measure
In order to understand what impact the business is already making, as well as what can be achieved, it is critical that a baseline is understood. Measuring the organization’s current output provides the understanding required to build sustainability procedures.
If you’re unsure of how much impact your data center usage, ITAM or ITAD operations are currently having, get in touch with Procurri and we can help you assess.
Carbon Offset Journey, Step 2: Aim
Setting targets for carbon reduction (and eventually, offset) levels will allow the business to focus its efforts on what is needed to accomplish them. At this point, a company specializing in sustainable IT services or carbon offset programs will be able to advise on what a realistic and achievable aim could be.
Remember: don’t be disheartened if this isn’t as impressive a figure as you’d expected. In a cycle of continuous improvement, this step can be revisited and achieved every time!
Procurri’s teams will be able to advise you on what can be achieved in reducing energy usage and carbon offset through our sustainable IT services, so you can write these figures into your plans.
Carbon Offset Journey, Step 3: Reduce
Once you know what you’re working with and what you’re aiming for, it’s time to reduce your reliance on energy-hungry and unsustainable practices and start the transition toward more efficient and greener operations.
Transition periods may take a while to occur, but progress is progress: it’s all a step forward to a more sustainable operational future. If you need guidance on navigating a period of business transition from one service to another, the Procurri team is able to help ease the changeover and provide backup support throughout.
Carbon Offset Journey, Step 4: Offset
At this point, it’s time for the business to actualize its new initiatives and enact positive change!
This may be through the adoption of sustainable IT services to reduce footprint, the purchase of carbon credits to be invested into a carbon offset program, or the implementation of operational change that removes carbon emissions entirely.
Carbon Offset Journey, Step 5: Communicate
Once new operations have begun, it’s important that these positive changes are communicated to stakeholders both internally and externally; for buy-in purposes but also to demonstrate the business’ ongoing commitment to sustainability.
If customers of Procurri need help in explaining sustainable IT services and their impacts, they can white-label marketing materials and resources from our Partner Portal to efficiently and clearly communicate the benefits of such operations.
Carbon Offset Journey, Step 6: Comply
The increasing appetite from governments and authorities around the world has resulted in a myriad of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) monitoring and reporting that is to be completed by most companies. Businesses must comply with reporting guidance as dictated by their local legislative requirements, and reduced emission results is likely to garner a positive response.
Compliance isn’t just legal, though. The final step is for the business to embrace the implementation of new measures and continue with them before looking to improve upon its progress.
No matter how far along your carbon offset journey your business is, Procurri can offer help to nurture you along the way. Get in touch with our teams to discuss more!