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For businesses, the gold standard measure of sustainability is the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that they produce. The less, the better. Specifically, the aim is to reach net-zero, which means that the amount of GHGs a business puts into the atmosphere and the amount it removes equals zero. In other words, your business is not contributing to the overall amount of GHG emissions at all. Here are a few of the benefits of a business having net-zero emissions.
A Better Brand Image
As the younger generations become huge market consumers, being a “green” company is more and more critical every day. Strong social and environmental ethics are a necessary quality that some demographics shop for. In particular, companies in industries infamous for their emission production, such as oil, coal, and transportation, will benefit from following the steps to reach net-zero.
Any business that achieves (or has a plan and is working toward) net-zero emissions will see more profits from environmentally conscious consumers. At the very least, being a company that cares about the environment isn’t going to turn anyone off to your business. You’ll only open up more options and attract a larger target audience.
Operation Cost Savings
By finding ways to reduce your company’s waste production and emissions, you’re also immediately lowering your expenses. Work with a sustainability specialist if you need help finding all the different ways to modify operations for this. You might find that some of these ways increase your productivity.
Not only will you be cutting costs and limiting GHG emissions, but you’ll also be increasing your profit margins along the way. Hit two birds with one stone while also increasing your bottom line? That sounds like a win!
More Innovative Thinking
Another benefit of a business having net-zero emissions is that you’ll start to pave the way for more creativity, problem-solving, and innovation. The effort that you put into having lower business emissions will trickle down into other parts of your company and business strategy.
The creative juices will be flowing more than ever, which may lead to positive changes in other parts of your business. You’ll stay on top of market trends, promote a more resilient workplace, and jump-start new projects or product ideas.
It will only become more critical to have net-zero emissions with time. Why not get a head start now?