How to Measure, Plan, and Adjust Carbon Emissions and More: How Consultants Guide Companies on Their Path to Net ZeroB Corps Pursue Climate Action That Incorporates Climate JusticeAs part of measuring its carbon footprint, Mindful Chef did a life cycle assessment of six of its most popular recipes that measured the impact of the ingredients, transportation, processing, packaging, end use, and waste. (Photo courtesy Mindful Chef)Scope 1, Scope 2, Scope 3? Offsets? Carbon removal projects?Business leaders looking to address their company’s carbon emissions while committing to net zero by 2030 have a fairly steep learning curve that includes new terminology and, yes, some science. Leaders in the Certified B Corporation community can turn to resources from the B Corp Climate Collective for guidance and reach out to peers already on this journey for advice and information.
As shared on the B Corp Climate Collective website, B Corps that commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2030 are expected to make a public pledge that includes a climate emergency declaration, then create a plan with short- and longer-term steps, proceed with the work to pursue these targets, and publish progress at least annually.
For companies that need additional expertise to shape and guide their net zero plan, climate consultants can offer more specific assistance. With broad knowledge of carbon emissions and their wide-ranging sources and effects, consultants also are aware of the importance of incorporating climate justice into net zero 2030 commitments. As the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, businesses are realizing the need to do their part in reducing their practices that harm the planet and its people and work instead to be climate neutral or even climate positive.
To help business leaders and other climate action advocates better understand this process, B The Change reached out on the B Hive to a B Corp climate consultant company as well as a B Corp that has worked with a climate consultant. They share lessons, tips, and other thoughts — and emphasize that the most important step is to start, even with small changes.