Recently, dewerstone founder, Rory, hosted a free webinar with fellow B Corps, Water Skills Academy and Dryrobe, discussing what positive environmental actions you can take as an individual and as a business.
For those who weren't able to attend, we wanted to break down the main points covered in the conversation through a series of blogs. Check out the first one on Banking and the second one on Renewable Energy.
JOURNEYS - WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
The current global climate crisis requires us to rethink our travel options and reduce our carbon footprint. According to the International Energy Agency, the transportation sector accounts for around one-quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, making it a significant contributor to global warming. Therefore, as individuals and businesses, we must find ways to reduce our impact.
DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO TRAVEL?
Better journey planning is a critical step in reducing unnecessary travel and making more sustainable choices. For businesses, this could mean choosing more environmentally friendly travel options, like not travelling at all, or more carbon friendly options like trains and public transport, over planes and cars.
No one was immune from Zoom and Teams during the pandemic and that vibe has continued to roll on. If businesses can also use virtual meetings to reduce the number of trips by employees, we're on to a winner!
WHAT CAN I DO?
Individuals can also play a crucial role in reducing their carbon footprint. They can start by reducing the number of unnecessary journeys, start carpooling, and use public transport where possible.
Going paddling for the weekend with your pals? Could you all travel together?
TRAVEL BY ANYTHING OTHER THAN A PLANE
Aviation plays a huge part in carbon emissions and reducing our flights will make a large individual difference. If you've ever worked out your individual carbon footprint, flying takes up a huge portion of it, even if you only fly a few times per year.
So we're back to trains for the win! But if you do have to travel by plane, is there a more direct route you could take. Sites like Skyscanner now highlight lower carbon routes to help us make better choices when we do have to travel by plane.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
As a business we are Climate Neutral Certified, which means we measure our Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions and compensate for them. We also have a reduction plan in place to help us work out where and how to reduce those emissions. You can find out more about that here: dewerstone Climate Neutral.
Whilst we have emissions from travel, the bulk of our emissions is shipping. We've reduced our travel year on year and continue to work hard on bringing our shipping emissions down, by continuing to use sea freight over air freight where we can.