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Why should you calculate your carbon footprint?

Climate change in the 21st century is one of the world’s greatest challenges, The goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement stipulate stopping the global temperature increase below 2°C. Similar top-down actions translate directly into companies’ attitudes toward their environmental impact. 

Businesses around the world, especially those with a global footprint, are gradually choosing to calculate their carbon footprint and set reduction targets (often as elements of strategy). In a certain way, the market forces this type of action – e.g. requests for offers, often include a question about the carbon footprint of the product. Considering this, ecology makes an important aspect to take into account in order to be competitive in tenders.

What’s important?

Your carbon footprint includes only a small piece of your company’s environmental footprint. It is not a measure of the use of natural resources or the waste your company produces, but the carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions themselves. Consider a life cycle assessment that also takes into account land use, water use, and acidification. So that your actions have the greatest possible impact.

Once you have calculated your carbon footprint, you can begin to plan actions to reduce it. The best option would be to reduce the carbon footprint completely to zero or find ways to reduce it relative to production. However, if you lack the ability to act on this, you can try to compensate, i.e. investing in projects to capture the same amount of CO2 that your company is responsible for. 

Involvement of Fujitsu

One company in the industry that can boast of effectively implementing environmental policies under the Paris Agreement is Fujitsu. As their mission statement in the environmental context proclaims: Fujitsu will fulfill its social responsibilities as a global corporate leader in environmental protection. They want to contribute to achieving the 1.5℃ climate change target set by the Paris Agreement, and to addressing environmental issues through activities such as developing innovative solutions that use resources efficiently.

Fujitsu is also part of the steering group and a co-author of the GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard for ICT Sector Guidance. This will be released as an official methodology for measurement and calculation of the carbon footprint of ICT services.

Since the company was founded in 1935, Fujitsu has made environmental protection one of its top management priorities, based on the principle of „acting in harmony with nature”. Recognizing their mission as a global ICT company, they promote environmental management with the commitment of top management under the „Sustainability Management Committee”.

Warm up the image of your company

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is currently one of the most important and frequently used concepts of running a company. Among other things, it involves increased activity to improve the organisation’s impact on the environment, such as the implementation of environmental policies, sustainable management of resources, incorporation of environmentally friendly technological processes and environmentally friendly products and services. CSR improves a company’s reputation, thus increasing its profits, and attracting valuable employees and better motivation among them.

One aspect that technology companies can work on in the context of CSR is reducing their carbon footprint. To do this, you must first calculate your carbon footprint and find areas that require improvement. Good environmental policy not only builds a good reputation of the company. It also cultivates good habits and saves a lot of money. 

Save money

By knowing your carbon footprint, you can begin to analyze your records for savings. Common strategies include reducing energy demand and increasing efficiency. These range from seemingly mundane actions: heating a room only when necessary, LED lighting, changing the heating source, to using technological innovations on the computers you use. 

Your carbon footprint is based on your current level of consumption. Therefore, all actions that reduce consumption (emissions) will also save money. Considering the environmental factor when planning your strategic goals allows for continuous improvement and long-term cost savings.