How to make a credible corporate climate pledge?

Article posted

28th Sep 2023

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4-7 min read


Mollie Pinnington

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Learn exactly what a corporate climate pledge is and how your business could come up with its own.

Why is it important that businesses work towards climate change?

The UK joined the Paris Agreement in 2015 along with many other countries, in a pact to reach net zero by 2050. To reach net zero all sectors across the UK must be involved.

Without limiting the worst impacts of climate change businesses will not survive in the future. This is why corporate climate pledges should be there to create goals that are incorporated into your main business sustainability plan.

Another reason it is so important for companies to have a climate pledge in place is so they can take accountability. Businesses need to account for the carbon and greenhouse gasses they are emitting into the climate. With a climate pledge businesses will acknowledge this.


What should a climate pledge be?

Companies need to create a clear path towards net zero, that's why their climate pledges need to be conscience and realistic. Based on what the science-based Target initiatives say, a climate pledge needs to:

  • account for emissions in all areas of the business
  • account for the whole value chain
  • have short-term goals as well as long-term ones
  • not offset more than 5-10% of emissions


Examples of corporate climate pledges

Many businesses make strong climate pledges in many different ways, here are some examples of what top UK companies are doing.


Microsoft say that it will be carbon negative by 2030. They plan to do this through:

  • Driving down scope 1 and 2 emissions by using renewable energy to replace electricity usage.
  • They will reduce scope 3 emissions through an internal carbon tax.
  • They also plan to work with suppliers on new procurement processes, to account for emissions across the value chain.



Sky have said that they will become net zero through:

  • making tech products energy efficient to cover scope 3 emissions
  • making all productions net zero
  • creating a zero emissions fleet
  • carbon offsetting the emissions that they cannot currently cut.



How Resolve Net Zero can help your business

Resolve Net Zero could help your business reach net zero goals through the different carbon and energy-reducing services that we offer.

Measure emissions

At Resolve Net Zero we can help our customers measure their carbon emissions. To make measuring emissions less daunting they are broken down into scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. With our help your company will be able to identify them all and come up with strategies to reduce them. Examples of the different scopes include:

  • Scope 1 - emissions directly coming from your business such as company-owned vehicles.
  • Scope 2 - these are emissions that are secondary but still come from your business such as purchased energy.
  • Scope 3 - any emissions that your business has created but not directly, such as end-of-life of products and business travel.


Setting your net zero goals

Once you know where your emissions are coming from, we will be able to help you with targets based on your company's needs.

We will not only take your climate pledges that you need to meet into account but we will also consider your budget and time frame you want to work within.


Reducing carbon - putting the plan into action!

To help companies reduce carbon levels we have two plans, Carbon Essential and Carbon 1-2-3. Based on your business needs we will suggest one of these plans for your company. Some businesses also require a lot more help, therefore we are very flexible in what we offer and can add services on depending what your business needs.

If you think your company needs help when it comes to setting climate goals, enquire today to find out how we can help!

If you're ready to improve your energy efficiency whilst driving down energy bills then why not get in touch? With our carbon management plans we will give your business everything it needs to reduce consumption and maximise on savings. . Request a free quote now and start reducing your carbon footprint and energy bills today.