Why Do Businesses Become Carbon Neutral?

Carbon neutrality is gaining momentum as businesses and nations establish a global response to climate change, and demonstrate a commitment to meaningful targets.

Hundreds of businesses around the world have become certified CarbonNeutral® to make a strong sustainability statement, to future-proof the business against a changing climate, and to meet customer demand.

Christiana Figueres at COP21

We work with more than 300 clients in 33 countries to ensure their environmental programmes deliver results for their business. We will work with you to understand your specific goals and deliver a market-leading, high quality programme that combines business success with positive impact on the environment and society.

Experience in the field has shown that very few companies can meet targets solely in-house, and that external programmes are a vital part of most businesses’ carbon neutral achievements. In fact, research by Ecosystem Marketplace found that companies which buy carbon credits to offset their unavoidable emissions are more engaged in direct emission reduction activities than companies that don’t buy carbon credits, and are five times more likely to have set an internal price on carbon.

Former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres managed expectations for the 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris at the Lima negotiations by making the point that carbon neutrality is in fact what policy and regulation will have to deliver by the end of the century, if not sooner. In addition, 2017 research by ICROA highlighted the importance of voluntary action in the international drive to limit global warming to 2°C.

Find out more about how reducing carbon emissions delivers positive environmental impact and business value for our clients.

Displaying the CarbonNeutral certification mark demonstrates that a business has set and met a target for zero emissions, whether for the entire company operations, or a particular product line, service, or activity. Such action is used to demonstrate leadership, differentiate from competitors, and engage stakeholders. CarbonNeutral certification enables businesses to demonstrate the quality of their carbon neutral action by following a robust, practical, third-party framework.

Our expertise and experience enables you to make credible claims of achieving net zero emissions through guaranteed emission reduction programmes and renewable energy which demonstrate your action, impact and leadership, alongside your own efforts to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency and source renewable electricity.

Your purchase of environmental instruments makes resource conservation and renewable energy generation projects possible while enabling you to:

  • Meet your stakeholders’ demands and build your reputation by demonstrating climate and renewable energy leadership and standing out from your competitors
  • Anticipate and reduce climate risks and costs to the business associated with policy and energy price alterations
  • Generate revenue and increase market share by differentiating products and services with a powerful statement of environmental credentials
  • Drive demand for renewable energy around the world and direct carbon finance to parts of the globe where it is most needed and most effective
  • Engage staff and attract new talent with an authentic and compelling climate action programme
  • Encourage suppliers and customers to take responsibility for their carbon emissions by demonstrating your own commitment.

Over the past 10 years, voluntary climate action has grown, delivering $4.5 billion in carbon finance for 1 billion tonnes of GHG emissions reductions from a broad range of climate change mitigation projects worldwide. By supporting carbon projects, businesses can deliver positive impacts far beyond the carbon reduction which contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. While these co-benefits vary by project, recent research by Imperial College London and the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) found that for every one tonne of carbon offset, $664 of benefits are delivered to communities, infrastructure and biodiversity.

Whether your primary driver for becoming CarbonNeutral is reporting, standing out among peers, stakeholder engagement or simply being a responsible company, Natural Capital Partners will be pleased to discuss your goals.