Benefits

What are the Benefits?

Here are some of the main benefits of becoming Carbon Neutral...

Carbon neutrality begins with reduction. It's a concentrated effort to produce less waste, choose energy-efficient appliances and use more renewable energy. After a business’s reduction has reached its limit, carbon offsets can make up for the rest. Carbon offsets are a way of funding renewable energy projects which otherwise would not have been developed. When you buy an offset, you fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The projects create renewable energy plants thus preventing the need for energy produced by fossil fuels. Carbon offsets let you pay to reduce the global GHG total, GHG emissions mix quickly with the air and, unlike other pollutants, spread around the entire planet. Because of this, it doesn't really matter where GHG reductions take place if fewer emissions enter the atmosphere. If your business produces x tonnes a year you would purchase carbon offset credits that remove or prevent the same x tonnes from entering the atmosphere.
Increasing Reputation

Through gaining a better brand positioning and sustaining and improving investor relations.Carbon Offsetting will allow your business to be at the front of an increasing expectation for business to reduce their impact on the environment. It also engages staff and attracts new talent to the company through a compelling environmental management programme. It also states a clear, credible statement of action under pinned by the market leading standard – The CO2 Blue Neutral Protocol.

Benefiting Environment

Offsets have been proven to reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) by funding green energy projects and re forestation projects that would otherwise not have happened. These projects prevent GHGs being realised into the atmosphere at source that would have otherwise occurred by conventional fossil power generation. Equally important, make a positive impact on the quality of life for the people living in the poor rural communities of developing countries. For example, our Chinese project helps to employ local, rural people and has brought prosperity and economic rejuvenation to a previously impoverished area.

Financing projects to educateand care about future generations

The VCS Gold Standard projects that we offer all have wider social and environmental benefits, particularly among the less well-off communities in developing countries. These kind of carbon offsets not only reduce carbon emissions but also greatly improve the quality of life of people who are threatened by the impacts of climate change. A study by Imperial Collage shows that communities where carbon initiative projects are based can receive as much as $664 US in co – benefits for every one tonne offset.

Increasing Revenue

Through new product development and product and service differentiation. This is also achieved through winning new business and reducing operational costs. CO2 Blue will supply you with our Carbon neutrality standard badges and information on the project you are offsetting with. This marketing of your carbon neutral credentials will help your business attract new business and increase your reputation and a company to do business with.

Reduce Costs

This is done by reducing the companies spend on energy, transport and other operational costs whilst promoting a greener way of working. As well offsetting CO2 Blue can help you reduce your energy consumption and therefore costs by installing energy efficient products in your business.

Winning New Business

Supports new business acquisition and client retention with a clear point of difference to competitors. CO2 Blue Neutrality can be a clear differentiator to help win market share.

Demonstrating Corporate Responsibility

By ensuring that an equivalent amount of carbon is either absorbed or avoided being emitted elsewhere . This can be done by offsetting through one of our VCS Gold Standard projects, some of which will finance the introduction of renewable energy or energy efficient measures to replace the need for fossil fuels. Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions.

Tax Efficiency

With increasing government pressure to cut carbon emissions, firms are looking at ways to leverage their energy saving spend. Companies that are investing in carbon cutting research and development can benefit from HMRC’s Research and Development (R&D) Relief. For the uninitiated, Research and Development (R&D) Relief is a corporation tax relief that may reduce your company’s tax bill by more than your actual expenditure on allowable R&D costs. Alternatively, if your company or organisation is small or medium sized, you may be able to choose to receive a tax credit instead, by way of a cash sum paid by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) but you can only claim R&F Relief if the company is liable for corporation tax.

CO2 Blue Carbon Consultancy

Creating Carbon credits – Business may feel that due to a project they are developing or through a physical process of their business that they may be able to create carbon credits as an extra revue scheme.

CO2 Blue can help you with process. We are experienced in helping business register their project with the relevant accreditation agency, we can help you develop the methodology behind the process of creating your carbon credits from start to finish, writing and submitting the paperwork needed, as well as conducting meetings with you and your clients/ new clients to move the project forward helping you in your creation of intentionally recognised carbon credits.



Why Offset?

Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions.

As carbon reporting becomes mandatory in many countries, leading businesses are seeing the advantage of supporting projects that can enable them to make a proud statement to endorse their social and environmental policies whilst attracting new and retaining current clients and customers.

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At Co2 Blue, we can help you identify the most appropriate carbon reduction projects, whilst meeting your environmental targets and supporting your wider business strategy. There are many reasons as to why large and small business are developing and understanding their impact on the environment.

Firstly, it’s an effective way to jump ahead of future legislation, and it is widely expected that most if not all companies will have to demonstrate an environmental strategy of some sort. This may be to directly measure, reduce and offset there CO2 foot print or to only deal with suppliers that currently manage and hold a CO2 neutral status.

It is also widely accepted that most consumers expect this and are happy to pay more for environmental conscious products. We find in our experience that many of our clients wish to make a positive statement to support climate change, not only because it helps the environment and directly the communities heavily effected by climate change, but because this effort is rewarded back with positive approval of current customers.

This also enables our clients to win new business with other companies and businesses that have a clear environmental policy already in place whereas before they could not approach these as easily. Also there is a significant good feeling from staff, stakeholders and customers alike.

It’s an effective way to jump ahead of future legislation, andit is widely expected that most if not all companies will have to demonstrate an environmental strategy of some sort.

This in turn can be seen with increased spend and larger profits and of course once you are carbon responsible an immediate benefits is as a business you become more cost effective with lower energy costs and overall business expenses. In some case tax relief and benefits can also be gained and so the overall profitability of the business is improved.

The Co2 Blue Neutral Standard is a certification and mark of excellence that enables all organisations to demonstrate their success in managing their carbon footprint. Organisations that have achieved this standard are licensed to use our distinct branding on all their communications and marketing materials. The Co2 Blue Neutral Standard provides unified and independent recognition of organisations’ commitments and performance in carbon management. It recognises all stages of carbon management from initial assessment of emissions to year on year reductions as well as Co2 Blue Carbon Neutrality.



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