The Importance of Shared Responsibility on the Path to Net Zero
At Techbuyer we take our commitment to sustainability seriously! Environmental best practice is at the heart of our business and what we strive for in our work, our services and our operations.
Because of this, we have pledged to become a carbon neutral business by 2050 with an interim target of reducing our footprint by 42% by 2030. This pledge is across Scope 1, 2 and 3, making it an ambitious target, but one that has the support of our entire team!
Our entire global team and combined departments have been essential in our journey so far (creating a pledge and beginning our baseline year) and will continue to be vital for our carbon reduction and eventual Net Zero accomplishment.
Beginning Our Journey to Net Zero
What is Net Zero?
Net Zero is a plan adopted by companies all over the world, particularly those that are looking to improve their environmental impact as effectively as possible. Techbuyer’s Head of Sustainability and Chartered Environmentalist, Astrid Wynne explains:
“Net Zero means a commitment to balancing your amount of carbon emissions with your carbon captures by a given date.
It means absolute reduction targets in the near term rather than offsetting the carbon emissions with projects or investments elsewhere.
Ideally you want to get your Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions down to about 10% of your baseline year and then use technologies to capture that amount of carbon in the atmosphere.”
We Chose Plan A for Our Net Zero Pledge
When creating a Net Zero pledge, there are a variety of options and organizations that businesses can turn to for guidance. For our Net Zero journey, we chose to align with Plan A. As Astrid shares:
“Plan A have an excellent reputation in the market and could accommodate reporting for SMEs. Carrying out a full Scope 3 analysis was daunting, and it was great to have an established consultancy on board to help us.”
Choosing Our Pledge: Why We Chose the Plan We Did
Plan A offered a choice of four different pledge options; some of these plans covered Scope 1 and 2, and others covered all three with varying reductions available.
We chose a plan that requires us to achieve Net Zero across Scope 1, 2 and 3 equally. While this is an ambitious target, and one that exceeds the legal requirements of reporting for our business, we believe in making the biggest impact that we can and we are confident in achieving our pledge! Our Group
Sustainability and Research Director, Rich Kenny, shared his thoughts on this choice:
“We think it’s crucial to demonstrate commitment and not just try and paint a nice picture.
By looking at our total impact across all scopes we can make a Net Zero pledge that isn’t about telling a good story but enacting meaningful change.
It’s much more challenging but it’s also much more robust. For us this is about running a business the way its supposed to be done and considering our impact on the planet in all decision making.”
Our Plan to Reach Net Zero
So how are we actually planning to reach Net Zero?
We’ve identified a few areas where we can make drastic changes in our HQ in the UK over the next few months to accelerate our progress and start our journey strong!
Sustainability Efforts Across the Teams
Across our global business, each department, each team and each individual are integral for our sustainable development; they are what drives the actions we take and the developments of environmental best practice across the business, rather than in a specific area.
Ted Towers, US Operations Manager, highlights the business case for becomin a Net Zero business;
"Becoming a net zero business is not just the right thing to do for the planet, it's also the smart thing to do for our business. Our customers are increasingly demanding sustainable products and services, and we need to be ahead of the curve."
Net Zero by 2050
While we are just at the start of our Net Zero journey, we’re confident and excited to see the results of our efforts!
As a supplier of sustainable IT solutions for every technology decision, we are committed to reducing our own impact, as well as that of our customers.
Our team can help you work to increase your IT efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint and energy usage, and extend the lifespan of your technology for a more sustainable future for your organization.