Why must businesses take environmental matters into their own hands?

August 12, 2021 // By Claire Price, QMS International
Why must businesses take environmental matters into their own hands?
With net zero deadlines looming closer, more emphasis is being put on businesses to pull their weight when it comes to cutting their carbon footprint. But why should they act, and what can be done?

The UK’s commitment to the Paris Agreement means that we have to play our part in limiting the global temperature rise. But to do this, emissions must be halved by 2030 with net zero being achieved no later than 2050.

But this goal is beginning to slip out of our fingers, with the UK set to miss its fourth and fifth carbon budgets. To achieve the sixth, the country will need to cut emissions by a staggering 78%.

Action from the business world is key to this, especially in high-emission sectors.

These sectors include construction which, according to the UK Green Building Council, accounts for 10% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. The manufacturing sector, whose greenhouse emissions stood at 60 MtCO2e (metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2018, is also key to meeting targets, as is transport and logistics, which is responsible for 27% of total greenhouse emissions.

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