Businesses across the globe are committing to going carbon neutral. Many of them are either negating or offsetting their carbon emissions by switching to using renewable energy. This can be done by either installing solar panels or by investing in a wind farm, for example. One directly negates your carbon emissions while the other offsets it. This blog will explain the difference between a business negating or offsetting their carbon emissions. It will also highlight how renewable energy reduces your carbon footprint.
Some businesses achieve these goals by installing solar panels and generating their energy through a renewable source, negating their carbon emissions.
Let’s first start by defining our terms. We hear lots of different terms floating around when discussing carbon emissions and our carbon footprint, so let’s clarify some of them. Carbon neutral / carbon-free: This means that your business is removing the same amount of carbon dioxide it’s emitting into the atmosphere to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Zero carbon: Zero carbon is a term commonly applied to buildings and modes of transportation that are carbon neutral. A building must offset its energy use through renewable sources, in addition to any carbon emissions resulting from its construction to be ‘zero carbon’. Carbon negative: A carbon-negative company removes more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases (the phrase “climate positive” has been used interchangeably with carbon negative). Some businesses achieve these goals by installing solar panels and generating their energy through a renewable source, negating their carbon emissions. Others do so by investing in renewable energy projects that will offset their business’ carbon emissions.
So how can renewable energy reduce your business’ carbon footprint? Whether it be solar or wind, a renewable energy source can lower or eliminate your carbon footprint. Carbon emissions are created using energy from carbon-emitting sources like coal and natural gas. They are also created from waste and transportation. Your workday produces carbon emissions from more than just the energy used by your place of work. Your overall carbon emissions resulting from your workday constitute your business’s carbon footprint. Renewable energy can offset and eliminate your business’ carbon emissions. This is done by replacing the energy created by fossil fuel energy sources with a renewable energy source, like solar panels on your roof. Sometimes, however, the energy created by your solar panels will fulfill more than the needs of your business. Excess energy created by solar panels will get added into the public grid to be used elsewhere, reducing someone else’s carbon emissions as well. That is one way in which you can offset all the carbon emissions produced by your workday, and then some. This reduction or elimination of your carbon emissions can also be understood as the reduction or elimination of your business’ carbon footprint.
Whether it be solar or wind, a renewable energy source can lower or eliminate your carbon footprint.
But what if your roof and property are not suitable for the installation of solar panels? There’s no need to worry, you can still achieve carbon neutrality, carbon zero, or carbon-negative status without directly producing renewable energy. Although it is worth noting your business’ best financial return is guaranteed in installing solar panels.
Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind can reduce your carbon footprint in many ways. Whether it's by producing your energy from solar panels on your roof or creating renewable energy for others by a wind farm you’ve invested in. You can achieve carbon neutrality through renewable energy. Help create a better, carbon neutral tomorrow, by investing in renewable energy today.