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Going Green 101: How to Make Your Business More Sustainable

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How to Make Your Business More Sustainable

As society is becoming more and more eco-conscious, businesses all over the world are recognizing the need to be more environmentally friendly. Some of them are trying to minimize the negative impact their respective industries have by limiting their carbon footprint, among other things. Here is a list of steps that you could take to make your business more eco-friendly.

1.      Devise a concrete plan

In order to make your business more sustainable, it’s wise to have a comprehensive plan first. By jotting down your ideas, you will have a clear picture of how your “newly green” business would operate. Then, you’ll be able to review the plan and revise any weak points and think of more feasible solutions. You may not be able to implement all changes at once. Therefore, it’s advisable to make a list which you then order according to priority. Even making small changes at first is a great first step in fighting for this cause. Later on, you can introduce more changes as it becomes possible.

2.      Educate the employees on eco-friendliness

Once you have a concrete plan regarding how you’ll transform the business to be more eco-friendly, it’s time to educate your employees on the topic. Since they are an integral part of the company, your plan won’t work unless you have them on board. Apart from informing them about the changes in the way your business operates, you should also encourage them to translate eco-friendly behavior to their home life as well. For example, you could tell them about the importance of recycling and how it helps the planet. Additionally, you could offer remote work to the employees who travel to work by car, which would result in less commute and subsequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you need the employees to work on site, you could encourage them to take public transport instead of commuting by car.

3.      Decrease the amount of waste

Improper waste management leads to air and water pollution, and contributes to climate change. Putting measures in place to reduce the amount of waste is essential for sustainability. First of all, you should make sure that you order the exact amount of supplies that you’re going to need for production whenever possible. Since producing waste can’t be fully avoided, you could also improve your waste management. Sorting waste so that it can be recycled is one great solution. In addition to that, you can install waste chutes in front of the office building or construction site, depending on what kind of business you run. Garbage chutes are good for the environment as they contribute to less air pollution.

4.      Use sustainable materials

Using sustainable materials when running a business is a huge step in the right direction when aiming to be more environmentally friendly. If your company makes products, using natural and recycled materials is essential. For example, artificial fibers, such as polyester, nylon aren’t biodegradable, which can have devastating consequences on the environment. What is more, when these fabrics are washed in the washing machine, they release toxins into the waters, thus harming aquatic life. Even some natural fabrics can cause harm to the environment. For example, cotton is usually treated with pesticides which can be hazardous as they contaminate air, water, and soil. For that reason, choosing organic cotton is a far better option, since in that case such harmful substances aren’t used. Therefore, natural fibers, such as wool, organic cotton, and recycled materials are a more eco-friendly option.

5.      Digitalize your business

Digitalizing your business can be the perfect option, as not only will it help your business be more sustainable, but it comes with other perks as well. Digitalization increases productivity, improves customer service, and allows for more advanced data collection. When it comes to the environmental impact, by keeping documents on the computer, you wouldn’t have to use as much paper as you normally would. Also, since the data would be digital, it allows for quicker and more accurate analysis. Analyzing data this way would enable you to calculate the amount of supplies you require, and in turn, reduce waste.

6.      Conduct meetings virtually

Apart from making working from home an option, another way to be more sustainable is by conducting meetings virtually, through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom. On the other hand, if you find that face-to-face meetings are unavoidable, you can schedule them either during the working hours, or as soon as the shift is over, while the employees are still at the premises. Both of these options would reduce the overall commute.

Wrapping up

All in all, there is a number of steps a business needs to take in order to be eco-friendly. These steps include reducing waste, using sustainable materials, incorporating digitization, introducing remote work and virtual meetings, and so on. All of these steps can help lessen the negative effects businesses and people in general have on the environment.

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SustainCERT launches innovative solution for accurate verification, tracking and co-claiming of GHG Scope 3 emission reductions

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SustainCERT launches innovative solution for accurate verification, tracking and co-claiming of GHG Scope 3 emission reductions

SustainCERT, a global leader in climate impact verification, has launched a pioneering platform that will accurately verify and track the decarbonization impact of Scope 3 (value chain) projects.

A world first, this platform of software and services combines climate and environmental accounting expertise with industry leading technology to accurately verify, track and co-claim emission reductions and removals from a value chain project (also known as ‘an intervention’). This concept will allow companies to co-invest in reductions and removals in their supply chains, share costs of decarbonization and scale action faster. 

This solution will help companies tackle the largest source of their carbon footprint – value chain or Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. These account for 75% of a company’s carbon footprint on average (rising to as much as 99% for some sectors). The lack of clear guidance and rules around claiming, the complexities of many supply chains and the challenge of collecting on-the-ground data are some of the issues preventing the acceleration of value chain decarbonization to date.

The platform provides companies with the ability to account and claim GHG impact from interventions in their value chain. It also enables the transfer of GHG impacts – verified by SustainCERT’s auditors – between supply chain partners and other eligible entities. This allows ‘co-claiming’ of shared Scope 3 intervention outcomes, which when verified can be used to show progress towards reporting a company’s Science-Based Target Initiative commitments.

To provide transparency, information on the intervention is available on a public database that provides details on validated and verified projects as well as information on impacts that have been claimed from those projects.

Marion Verles, CEO of SustainCERT said:

“We need significant progress in Scope 3 action to address emissions to reduce global warming as called for in the Paris Agreement. Substantial scaling of market and policy mechanisms that incentivize decarbonization – and collaboration between market players – is key. The regulations to drive Scope 3 action are increasing – but we need scalable action now.”

“We have been committed to bringing credibility to climate action since 2018, and we are excited to offer corporations the ability to be recognized for their co-investments in the same value chain decarbonization program, while maintaining environmental integrity and ensuring the intervention impact reporting is accurate, credible, and representative of on-the-ground impact.” 

“We believe this will be a game changer in Scope 3 action and we look forward to working with companies to credibly scale their value chain climate impact action.”

SustainCERT has been innovating digital verification solutions for value chains and carbon markets since its inception and this new offer builds on its established Scope 3 services. SustainCERT supports corporates pursuing Scope 3 impact verification and its emission factor software accounts and tracks the impacts from climate action.

It also builds on leading guidance from the Value Change Initiative, a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together some of the world’s largest companies, leading civil society actors and internationally recognized frameworks to collectively focus on defining best practice for Scope 3 emission reductions at scale.

Notes to editors

SustainCERT is a climate impact verifier, bringing credibility to climate action. Our offer combines established independent climate expertise with innovative, cutting-edge digital verification solutions.

We provide impact validation and verification services for carbon markets and value chains. Founded as an independent standalone organisation in 2018 by Gold Standard, SustainCERT’s approach aligns with and contributes to leading international sustainability frameworks – including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Gold Standard and Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

In 2023 SustainCERT is launching the world’s first software platform for digital verification and management of climate claims across carbon markets and value chains. Verifying against globally recognized standards, the digitization of this process will accelerate the speed, accuracy and quality of data measurement used for carbon credits and GHG impacts.

SustainCERT is also the co-founder of the Value Change Initiative, a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together some of the world’s largest companies, leading civil society actors and internationally recognized frameworks to collectively focus on defining best practice for Scope 3 emission reductions at scale.

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Volvo Group partners with Vattenfall to secure long-term renewable electricity for its operations

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Amid increasing demand for clean energy, Volvo Group has today signed a long-term agreement with Vattenfall, the largest producer of renewable electricity in Sweden. The agreement means that Volvo Group is committed to buying 50% (~230GWh/year) of the renewable electricity produced at Bruzaholm wind park in Sweden, over a 10-year period starting in the last quarter of 2025.

This partnership with Vattenfall is a step forward in the Group’s commitment to reach a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) value chain by 2040 and achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement. Containing 21 wind turbines with associated facilities, construction of the Bruzaholm wind park is scheduled to start in summer 2023 and to be ready for commission by the autumn of 2025 when the agreement begins.

Volvo Group is on a growth journey offering customers sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions with electric products and biofuels as key enablers to reduce GHG emissions. In parallel, Volvo Group is working on reducing the greenhouse gas footprint from its own operations and across the entire value chain, step-by-step, together with its partners. Part of this involves replacing remaining fossil energy sources in its operations with renewable low GHG intensive energy sources such as wind, solar and hydropower and enabling the societal transition to renewable electricity. By diversifying through various renewable sources this agreement adds capabilities for Volvo Group’s continued transition to net zero.

“This partnership marks an additional step in continuously reducing the environmental impact from our own industrial activities. The agreement signals our commitment to prioritize low-carbon investments, source renewable energy, and take climate action across everything we do,” says Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of Volvo Group.

“The industry’s energy transition is taking place here and now – the key to success is collaboration, no one can tackle the challenge completely on their own. Today’s agreement is an example of how Volvo Group has chosen to be at the forefront of its electrification and climate work. We are pleased to be able to support them on their journey. By expanding fossil-free energy sources, collaborating to electrify processes that are currently based on fossil fuels, using our fossil-free electricity and developing charging infrastructure, we can contribute to the phasing out of fossil fuels in the entire transport sector,” says Vattenfall’s CEO and President Anna Borg.

About Vattenfall

Vattenfall is a leading European energy company, which for more than 100 years has electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised our way of living through innovation and cooperation. Vattenfall now want to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. That’s why the company is driving the transition to a sustainable energy system through initiatives in renewable production and climate smart energy solutions for customers. Vattenfall employ approximately 20,000 people and have operations mainly in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the UK. Vattenfall is owned by the Swedish state.

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LONGi looks to create a strong voice across the globe in pursuit of a sustainable green, low-carbon lifestyle

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LONGi looks to create a strong voice across the globe in pursuit of a sustainable green, low-carbon lifestyle

With climate change an increasingly pressing issue, countries worldwide are accelerating decarbonization through renewable energy solutions. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) predicts that global photovoltaic capacity will reach 14,000GW by 2050, ushering in a green energy revolution that will transform people’s lifestyles.

LONGi is at the forefront of research into how to utilize PV technology in different scenarios, while at the same time exploring ways to effectively bring about a greener, low-carbon, sustainable society.

The company’s commitment to driving forward its green agenda with innovative PV technology has never been better illustrated than by the introduction of Hi-MO 6, its first module designed exclusively for the global distributed consumer market, thus catering to the needs of millions of energy consumers worldwide.

Hi-MO 6 is a new generation of module based on high-efficiency HPBC cell technology and is presented as a series made up of four differentiated products – the Explorer, the Scientist, the Guardian and the Artist – each of which delivers enhanced aesthetics, performance, reliability and intelligent optimization to meet varying scenarios.

The module has become a high-end solution designed for home power generation. Its first shipments worldwide were to the Nordic market and Hi-MO 6 has now been installed on homes in Sweden and Finland. From Stockholm to Helsinki and beyond, the module represents the ideal solution for clients requiring a better energy yield performance and enhanced aesthetics.

Efficient BIPV solutions integrated into everyday life

Buildings account for a large proportion of energy consumed around the world due to population growth, leading to the significant greenhouse effect that is behind global warming. LONGi is constantly seeking innovative ways of integrating PV technology into building design, enabling individuals to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle.

The application of LONGi technology has become an integral part of daily life, including at subways, stations and airports. Collaboration with Center Int has also seen the upgrade of the main venues for the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, with the installation of innovative BIPV solutions on roofs of buildings merging PV technology with architectural design. The integration of BIPV has enabled the Bo’ao Forum to adopt a sustainable approach to hosting future annual events, whereas on China’s southern island of Hainan, BIPV equipped roofs generate an annual 5 million kWh of green electricity.

A green lifestyle through cross-border cooperation

In addition to technology breakthroughs, LONGi is making other efforts to introduce green energy and practices into daily life, encouraging more people to embrace green activities.

The company has recently entered into a global strategic partnership with tennis’ high profile ATP Tour, launching as its first initiative the innovative PLAN GET (Green, Energy, Tours).“Breathe New Life into Old Items” will be the starting point for PLAN GET, involving the placement of pop-up green collectors at each recycling point at selected tournaments.

LONGi aims to attract increasing numbers of people to join its initiatives, taking advantage of the benefits of low-carbon living while enjoying the fun at PLAN GET events around the world. The partnerships with the ATP Tour and the Bo’ao Forum are just the beginning, with the company continuing to explore further zero carbon projects in different fields.

About LONGi

Founded in 2000, LONGi is committed to being the world’s leading solar technology company, focusing on customer-driven value creation for full scenario energy transformation.

Under its mission of ‘making the best of solar energy to build a green world’, LONGi has dedicated itself to technology innovation and established five business sectors, covering mono silicon wafers cells and modules, commercial & industrial distributed solar solutions, green energy solutions and hydrogen equipment. The company has honed its capabilities to provide green energy and has more recently, also embraced green hydrogen products and solutions to support global zero carbon development. www.longi.com/en

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