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Carbon Aware

Carbon Aware

Carbon Aware in its simplest form is the knowledge and capacity required to create a positive shift in how mankind lives, works and behaves in response to climate change. Or for those that like the official definition Carbon Aware “An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

As members of the business community and individuals it is imperative that we are all working towards being Carbon Neutral by 2050, ideally by 2030. Whilst the subject of Carbon generation hasn’t been on everyone’s agenda before the spotlight of COP26, it is a subject of ever-growing momentum and importance.

Carbon can be measured using a variety of different models that can be found quite easily on the internet. As a Chamber, we undertook our own Carbon Usage assessment with the help of Staffordshire Business Environment Network (SBEN) and their carbon tracker tool which enabled us to take a close look at our business activities and consumptions. Once we’d established our baseline, we were then able to look at areas where we could make savings in our carbon generation.

There are also changes that you can implement at home to reduce your own carbon footprint, these could include:

-Switch to LED bulbs and turning off lights when not needed

-Keeping the office or home temperature at a comfortable level

-Don’t power your appliance to standby, when not in use power them off

-Thinking of replacing your vehicle, why not consider an electric vehicle (EV) instead

-Buy sustainably, and buy locally e.g., Buy loose in-season fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packed items that have travelled a considerable distance to reach our shelves.

-Instead of purchasing something new, why not see if you can repurpose or refresh an item by breathing new life into an item you’ve not worn or used in a while.

As a business we’ve made great strides in reducing our Carbon Footprint. We’ve done this in a number of ways from upgrading to LED motion-controlled lighting, a new energy efficient boiler through to more everyday things like sourcing our consumables locally, travelling more efficiently and also looking at how we hold our events as we move back towards a mixture of virtual and face-to-face.

As you can see from the list there are lots of little changes to the way we conduct our everyday lives and run our businesses that will all contribute to reducing the carbon that we generate. Being aware of the need to make a change to the carbon we produce and having an understanding of how to and the drive to make the changes will mean that you’re Carbon Literate.