It is strenuous to circumvent actions that lead to rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, whether it is a company that emits greenhouse gases, or a person who burns solid waste, or who drives a car with energy that emits carbon in the home. .
Carbon emissions have increased today compared to the pre-industrial age thanks to human activities. Human activities are characterized by the use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, which negatively affect the planet, as the use of such results in high levels of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, resulting in a negative effect on our climate.
As a result of the negative effect, there is an actual occurrence of global warming that is ultimately leading to climate change.
Most companies are heavily dependent on the use of fossil fuels to generate heat for their daily operations and to manufacture their products. This is because a majority do not have the financial ability and knowledge required to help them adapt to an environment with low carbon consumption.
The manufacturing sector is responsible for using the largest share of energy, which means that they make up a large proportion of major carbon emissions. This correlates directly with a global rise in greenhouse gas levels, which traps heat in the air, resulting in a rapid rise in temperatures, commonly known as global warming.
Objective 12 for sustainable development ensures sustainable consumption and production, which means that there is a need for the manufacturing sector to engage in ways and means that will reduce their sustainability footprint. Unfortunately, this is not happening at the required speed, which will have consequences for our planet.
Climate scientists estimate that if no meaningful action is taken, a predicted rise of 2.5 degrees Celsius in global temperature by the beginning of the next century is possible. This will be a disaster for all of us and thus the need for action to limit carbon emissions in our world.
There is already a sense of uneasiness and anxiety with the effects of this temperature rise. Intense heat waves, violent storms, long periods of drought and higher sea levels, not to forget the consequences for human livelihoods in developing countries.
These impacts include respiratory and heart problems from air pollution and the occurrence of acid rain from pollutants in the air, which causes fresh water to be acidic and destroys already planted crops.
Having a deep insight into issues of environmental impacts due to industries is crucial to making necessary decisions and solving the climatic problems that come with carbon emissions.
Understanding the effects of their actions is the only way companies will be able to adapt to the changes in their habits to facilitate the protection of the environment effectively.
Net-zero targets and commitments enable companies to contribute to reducing emissions within their activities.
In the near future, my assessment is that net-zero movement will become so apparent that all decisions within companies will be driven by the extent of CO2 emissions in the organization.
The decarbonisation effort will definitely cost more money in the short term and will require capacity building within the organization not to mention the need for well-coordinated plans in the company.
The net-zero ambitions will also lead to lots of research, regulations, policies and investments from the company’s perspective. Therefore, many sticks and kicks need to be in place to ensure that a business promotes desired behavioral strategies.
There is a need to move from common vanilla strategies to more innovative strategies for companies to be able to cut their emissions.
Businesses should also include conventional climate mitigation efforts that facilitate decarbonisation strategies such as fuel shifting, energy efficiency and carbon capture and utilization. In addition, the net-zero journey should consider broader strategies such as product and service development, which reduce carbon emissions.
Each company also has the task of choosing environmentally friendly suppliers who are climate-conscious and do not want to expose the company to major climate emissions through its supply chains.
This will require suppliers with sustainable, environmentally friendly environmental practices. In addition, companies are responsible for educating their employees as they are one of the biggest assets in reducing CO2 emissions.
Employees need to understand the reason behind the need to reduce CO2 emissions and what they can do to help with the transition to low CO2 emissions.
This will go a long way in controlling the carbon footprint, addressing an organization’s financial challenges, promoting green economies and saving many lives. When companies decide to take steps to combat carbon emissions, a greener economy will not only be achieved today, but for many years to come.
Finally, companies must account for their carbon emissions on an annual basis based on recognized protocols for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions. This will form the basis for companies to establish their CO2 reduction strategies.