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Levels of Carbon Policies

Example Carbon Strategy

Example Carbon Policy

What is a Carbon Policy?

The UK Government has set the world’s most ambitious climate change target into law to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared to 1990 levels). This would take the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching Net Zero by 2050.

Creating a sustainability policy provides the perfect opportunity to review if your activities are environmentally responsible, meet legal requirements, and are in line with Government targets.

Benefits include

Carbon Reduction Plans and a commitment to Net Zero are increasingly becoming a requirement in the procurement of Government contracts.

Demonstrates a commitment to managing your environmental impact and helps improve your reputation with clients and other stakeholders.

Keeps employees informed of their environmental roles and responsibilities.

Lowers cost through reduced consumption and waste.

Lowers cost by improving the efficiency of your processes.

How does my company get a Carbon Policy?

The first step is to develop a practical, coherent and holistic carbon policy, supported by a clear strategy to deliver it. It’s also essential that any policy is designed to reflect the organisation’s own cultural and environmental profile and objectives.

A successful carbon policy and strategy must be endorsed and adopted at a senior level and carefully embedded into an organisation’s own business systems. This provides the best opportunity for the delivery of a robust, appropriate, and prioritised approach. It will also help maximise business efficiency and minimise management costs.

For a sustainability policy to have full affect, integration into the business is essential, as is buy-in from the top down. A way of improving general staff engagement is by incorporating environmental responsibility into staff inductions and job roles.

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What does a Carbon Policy cover?

The policy should cover four key areas:


  • An organisational commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2050 at the latest. This is consistent with the UK Government’s commitment under the Climate Change Act and will play a significant role in the decarbonisation of the United Kingdom as a whole.
  • An explanation of the key reasons for a focus on carbon management.
  • A description of the high-level goals for carbon management, and the resources committed.
  • A list of the specific activities the organisation will undertake (and by when) to set the organisation on the path to carbon efficiency.

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A Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP) is a statement from a company identifying their current Carbon Footprint and committing to help the UK achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is a piece of legislation from the UK Government which replaced the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was introduced by the UK Government to promote energy efficiency and to ensure large enterprises are regularly assessing their energy usage.

The Procurement Policy Note (PPN 06/21) sets out how government departments need to take account of suppliers’ Net Zero Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts.

Science-based targets (SBT) are targets that help companies define their journey to reduce carbon emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change and future-proof business growth.

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was developed to create consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by organisations in providing information.


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