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Carbon Footprint Reduction

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What is the carbon footprint?

The Carbon Footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions created by the activities of an entity, such as a business, organization, or individual.

Every business, corporation, and individual person all create their own carbon footprint through day-to-day activities, from transportation and use of energy to procurement and buying decisions.

How to reduce carbon footprint?

There are many ways for companies to reduce their carbon footprint, and it starts with an inventory of their practices.

Every business can reduce its carbon footprint in different ways, but here are some ways for most companies to reduce their carbon footprint:

  • Reduce energy use
  • Invest in renewable energy
  • Support sustainable legislation
  • Green and sustainable procurement practices
  • Educate leaders, employees, and customers on the importance of carbon footprint reduction

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Why is reducing carbon footprint important for companies?

Investors, stakeholders, employees, and customers are increasingly seeking out corporations who are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint and emissions.

Carbon footprint reduction is important not only for the bottom line but is necessary for the improvement and preservation of the environment as a whole.

Carbon footprint reducing practices

  • Eliminating single-use plastics throughout the supply chain
  • Tracking efficiency across the supply chain
  • Tracking sustainability across the supply chain
  • Using efficient transportation and logistics throughout the supply chain

The EcoVadis carbon action module can be scaled to a global supply chain and is designed to drive performance improvement

Key takeaways

  • The carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions created by any single entity
  • Carbon footprint reduction is becoming more important for stakeholders, customers, and the public as a whole
  • While most carbon reporting solutions cannot be scaled to a global supply chain, the EcoVadis carbon action module enables broad-scale reporting and collaborative performance improvement