I recently participated in the "Net Zero: Pathway To Change" Project commissioned by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. It involved being interviewed to complete a carbon footprint audit and measure my business' emissions.

I provided information about the building where the business activity is carried out (roof type, date of build, insulation...), my gas and electricity consumption, my business travels, etc... The interview lasted less than an hour and was quite informal.

A carbon footprint report was then produced and sent to me with advice on how to reduce my carbon emissions and environmental impact.

The report was very positive and enlightening. It was great to understand where I am at and what steps I can take to make my office space more energy-efficient, and reduce my carbon footprint.

If you would like to find out more about the programme, I invite you to get in touch with Paul Brown who is the Net Zero Auditor for the project.

Here are a few things that I have implemented recently to reduce my carbon footprint (some before the audit, some since the audit):

  • I make sure that I switch off all my devices instead of leaving them on standby when not in use
  • My business paperwork is sent digitally for signature (and saved electronically) - no printer required
  • I re-use scrap paper to write notes
  • My business receipts are saved digitally, within my accounting software - no printer required
  • I use LED lights in my office
  • I meet clients online as much as possible - rather than face-to-face
  • I buy refurbished/second-hand equipment whenever possible (e.g. laptop, phone, etc...)
  • I recycle whatever I can (e.g. paper) and donate instead of throwing away (e.g. obsolete IT equipment/office chairs) 

This is probably not much in the grand scheme of things but that's a start and I am committed to making small and positive improvements over time.