At 5D Net Zero, we believe in the power of sharing knowledge and inspiring others. This week, two members of the 5D Net Zero team had the incredible opportunity to talk at the Surrey Hills Sustainability Showcase hosted at The University of Surrey.
5D Net Zero is now a certified B Corporation™ (B Corp™) under its parent company LC Energy, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit. 5D Net Zero has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp™ movement, as having met rigorous social and environmental standards which represent its commitment to goals outside of shareholder profit.
The B Corp™ certification addresses the entirety of a business’s operations and covers five key impact areas of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. The certification process is rigorous, with applicants required to reach a benchmark score of over 80 while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency. To complete the certification, a business will legally embed its commitment to purpose beyond profit in its company articles.
5D Net Zero is now part of a community of 7,000 businesses globally who are B Corp™ Certified. The B Corp™ community in the UK, representing a broad cross section of industries and sizes, comprises over 1,500 companies and include well-known brands such as The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop and organic food pioneers Abel & Cole.
Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, says “We are delighted to welcome 5D Net Zero to the B Corp™ community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that 5D Net Zero are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward”.
“We are pleased to have B Corps of all shapes and sizes as part of our community – from startups to multinationals and across many different industries. Business is a powerful force and B Corps demonstrate that you can do good in any sector. Welcoming 5D Net Zero is an exciting moment because they have an opportunity to lead the way within the biomass industry. We and the rest of the B Corp™ community are really pleased to support 5D Net Zero in paving the way for a new way of doing things”.
“Being able to welcome 5D Net Zero to the B Corp™ community is hugely exciting. Their commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit”.
B Lab UK is transforming the economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, and tools for business, and we certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, our global community includes over 7,000 B Corps in 90 countries and 161 industries, and over 150,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.
In a time of climate change awareness and environmental consciousness, businesses around the globe are increasingly recognising the importance of implementing Carbon Reduction Plans (CRP).
A carbon reduction plan is a structured approach to systematically reduce a businesses carbon footprint.
It involves analysing current emission levels, setting achievable reduction targets, and implementing measures to achieve those targets over a defined period.
These measures encompass a wide range of strategies, including adopting renewable energy sources, optimising energy efficiency, reducing waste, and enhancing value chain sustainability.
Implementing a Carbon Reduction Plan offers multifaceted benefits: cost savings through energy efficiency and renewable sources, regulatory compliance to avoid penalties and mitigate risks, enhanced corporate perception attracting eco-conscious clients, access to new markets and revenue streams, and improved resilience against climate risks.
To execute this plan effectively, businesses must set clear, measurable goals, engage stakeholders, invest in innovation for efficiency gains, and monitor progress transparently to drive continuous improvement.
Carbon accounting is central to any reduction plan, involves measuring greenhouse gas emissions across operations. Using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, 5D Net Zero can measure the emissions your business produces from direct sources like fuel combustion and indirect sources such as purchased electricity and supply chains.
Understanding your carbon impact helps prioritise actions for significant reductions. 5D Net Zero’s PPN 06/21 Carbon Reduction Plans are tailored to provide actionable recommendations to minimise emissions across your business. This enables your business to be considered in the procurement of goods and/or services with an anticipated value above £5 million per annum for central government tenders, including NHS.
Contact us to begin your net zero journey.
The 28th Conference of the Parties, or COP28, is a critical global gathering that brings together nations, policymakers, scientists, and stakeholders to address the pressing challenges of climate change. COP28 is scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 30th November 2023 to 12th December 2023.
This annual conference is organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), providing a platform for nations to discuss, negotiate, and collaborate on solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The two-week conference will cover several crucial climate topics, including energy transition, climate finance and agriculture.
The primary goal of COP28 is to advance the global response to climate change by fostering international cooperation, setting emission reduction targets, and refining strategies outlined in previous conferences. With a focus on implementing the Paris Agreement, COP28 aims to build on past commitments and accelerate efforts to limit global warming, enhance climate resilience, and promote sustainable development.
Key talking points leading up to COP28 include concerns about the host country, the UAE, due to its high per capita emissions, significant reliance on oil production, and controversial image management efforts. The COP President, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, is the CEO of the state-owned oil company ADNOC.
The ‘High-Ambition Coalition,’ consisting of about 15 Parties like France, the Marshall Islands, Sweden, and the UK, is actively negotiating the phase-out of fossil fuels. This is notable as countries typically withhold their negotiating positions before conferences, and seldom do these positions possess the required ambition to tackle the climate crisis.
The Coalition’s capacity to uphold this commitment throughout the two weeks of negotiations remains uncertain.
More than 200 governments are invited to Dubai and heads of state or prime ministers from 167 countries have confirmed they are going. Pope Francis stands out on the list of attendees, making history as the first Pope to participate in a COP. President Biden will reportedly not attend, while UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles are confirmed participants, King Charles will give the opening address on December 1st.
The thematic program for COP28 aims to bring together a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including various government levels, youth, business and investors, civil society, frontline communities and more. This collaboration is centred on specific solutions that need to be expanded in this decade to restrict temperature increases to 1.5 degrees, enhance resilience, and mobilise substantial finance.
One of the key expectations for COP28 is the elevation of national and international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Countries are anticipated to announce more ambitious targets aligned with the goal of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. The full thematic event schedule can be found here.
As the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident, COP28 is expected to emphasise the importance of adaptation and building resilience. Discussions will likely focus on supporting vulnerable nations, communities, and ecosystems in preparing for and mitigating the effects of a changing climate.
Financial commitments and technology transfer play a crucial role in enabling developing nations to transition to low-carbon economies. COP28 is expected to address these issues, with discussions on increasing financial support for climate initiatives and facilitating the transfer of sustainable technologies.
The interconnectedness of climate change and biodiversity loss is a growing concern. COP28 is likely to highlight the importance of preserving and restoring ecosystems, emphasising the role they play in climate regulation and sustainable development.
The involvement of youth and the general public in climate action has gained momentum in recent years. COP28 is expected to underscore the importance of inclusive engagement, acknowledging the role of grassroots movements, civil society, and youth-led initiatives in driving change.
The solutions form the response to the Global Stocktake, assessing the global status of climate action and support, pinpointing shortcomings, and fostering collective efforts to establish solution pathways for 2030 and beyond.
As carbon management specialists, we offer independent verification to businesses committed to continuously measuring, reducing, and balancing emissions. Our mission is to support businesses in their transition to net zero, aligning seamlessly with the UK Government’s Net Zero targets and the latest carbon legislation.
If your business is looking to take climate action or is considering embarking on its net zero journey, please contact us.
National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual celebration of trees, takes on heightened significance this year, spanning from the 25th of November to the 3rd of December 2023. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the influential ‘Plant a Tree in 73’ campaign, which acted as the catalyst for the establishment of both National Tree Week and The Tree Council. Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and businesses come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the tree planting season.
National Tree Week is not merely a symbolic gesture; it serves as a dedicated occasion to honour the pivotal role of trees within the broader context of environmental sustainability and carbon management. Positioned as a central player in the collective mission to combat climate change, this annual event actively contributes through the implementation and promotion of effective carbon sequestration initiatives, such as tree planting ceremonies, educational programs, and community engagement initiatives.
Trees, often unsung heroes in the fight against climate change, play a vital role in carbon sequestration. Through photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide, converting it into life-sustaining oxygen while storing carbon in their biomass. National Tree Week emerges as an opportune moment to spotlight the crucial role of afforestation and reforestation in climate change mitigation. Trees, acting as natural carbon sinks, help offset the carbon footprint of human activities, contributing to the overall health of our planet.
Tree planting during National Tree Week extends beyond a one-time event; it represents a long-term investment in carbon offsetting. As trees mature, their carbon sequestration capacity increases, rendering them invaluable assets in the ongoing battle against climate change. In the broader context of carbon management, National Tree Week becomes an ideal platform to promote initiatives aligned with REDD+—focusing on the conservation and sustainable management of forests. Highlighting the synergy between local tree-planting efforts and REDD+ principles during this week can elevate the impact of community-driven projects, supporting global strategies to combat deforestation and reduce carbon emissions on a larger scale.
To invest in REDD+ carbon offset projects during National Tree Week as part of a wider carbon management initiative, please visit our carbon offset credit store here.
National Tree Week serves as a powerful reminder that trees are not just scenic elements; they are essential allies in the fight against climate change. By spotlighting the carbon benefits and sequestration potential during this week, communities, businesses, and individuals actively contribute to a sustainable, net zero future. This collaborative effort exemplifies the integral role National Tree Week plays in shaping a resilient and environmentally conscious world.
Celebrating this national tree week we are exhibiting at and attending the Woodland Wonder: Surrey Hills Symposium 2023.
The event will be held at the University of Surrey and will feature a marketplace showcasing local businesses offering nature-based experiences, forestry advisory services, artistic creations inspired by woodlands, and various partners. Attendees can indulge in light refreshments while exploring the marketplace, followed by engaging discussions and insights in the symposium held in the lecture theatre. Join the community in an afternoon of inspiration, environmental awareness, and appreciation for the vital role trees play in our lives and the health of the planet.
Book your free tickets here.
At this year’s 25th Heathrow Business Summit, held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel, 5D Net Zero made a resounding impact on the discussions surrounding net zero.
The summit, tailored to celebrate a quarter-century of collaborative growth, honed in on avenues for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to play a pivotal role in Heathrow’s sustainable development.
The event unfolded with speeches by senior Heathrow representatives and a showcase of procurement opportunities from suppliers, making the Summit a distinctive platform for local SMEs. It served as a hub where SMEs could discover collaborative opportunities with larger suppliers and provided valuable insights into how SMEs could position themselves at the core of the airport’s operations, contributing significantly to a broader sustainable supply chain.
5D Net Zero embraced the networking opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with fellow SMEs. These discussions were not merely exchanges of business cards but thoughtful dialogues centred around supporting each other on the journey toward achieving net zero. It was a collaborative effort to play a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable and environmentally conscious future.
The day at the Heathrow Business Summit transcended the conventional boundaries of a business event. It wasn’t just about showcasing products and services; it was a dynamic platform where businesses, particularly SMEs, became architects of a sustainable tomorrow. 5D Net Zero, in actively participating and contributing to these conversations, exemplified the ethos of a forward-thinking business keen on making a lasting impact on both the business landscape and the environment.
In today’s rapidly changing world, businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of sustainability not only for their bottom line but for the well-being of the planet and society. Sustainable Development Goals Week offers a unique opportunity for businesses to make a positive impact while advancing their own interests.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, featuring 17 ambitious SDGs designed to address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. These goals set a universal framework for action, encompassing social, economic, and environmental scope.
Businesses, as significant drivers of economic growth and innovation, play a pivotal role in achieving these global goals and are positioned to integrate sustainability into their operations, supply chains, and products or services. Embracing the SDGs not only aligns with corporate social responsibility but also enhances competitiveness, fosters innovation, and mitigates risks.
Each year, Global Goals Week offers a dedicated platform for businesses to showcase their commitment to sustainability and their contributions to the SDGs. This annual event, celebrated from September 25th to October 2nd, encourages businesses to engage in a week of action, awareness, and accountability.
Here’s why your business should actively participate:
During Global Goals Week, consider raising awareness about the SDGs among your employees, customers, and stakeholders. Share success stories and demonstrate how your business is contributing to the goals.
The SDGs are not just a global commitment; they are a business opportunity. By integrating sustainability into your core strategies and actively participating in SDGs Week, you can play a vital role in creating a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all.
By aligning your business with the SDGs, you not only contribute to a better world but also position your company for long-term success in an increasingly conscious and interconnected global marketplace.
For more information on how 5D Net Zero can help you achieve your climate Sustainable Development Goals, please contact us.
5D Net Zero is one of the first companies in the UK to achieve ISO 14065:2020 compliance for a sustainable future.
We’re thrilled to share some groundbreaking news that’s driving us towards an even greener future! At 5D Net Zero, we’re not just keeping pace with innovation; we’re setting the standard as one of the first companies to achieve compliance with the ISO 14065:2020 Standard.
The ISO 14064:2020 Standard defines principles and requirements for organisations such as 5D Net Zero that validate and verify environmental information and greenhouse gas assertations.
What does ISO 14065:2020 mean for 5D Net Zero? It’s our seal of approval for excellence in environmental reporting. This ISO compliance ensures our reports of greenhouse gas emissions, removals, and emission reductions are more than just numbers; they’re independently verifiable and reliable insights into our customer’s net-zero journey. This standard enables businesses and organisations to confidently champion Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices.
Out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we are actively contributing towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9 and 13. ISO 14065:2020 is about innovation, industry, and infrastructure (SDG 9). By adhering to internationally agreed specifications that uphold quality, safety, and sustainability, we’re driving progress towards a world that’s not only innovative but also sustainable and resilient.
In this crucial battle against climate change (SDG 13), ISO 14065:2020 plays a starring role. We’re part of a global effort to monitor climate change, quantify greenhouse gas emissions, and promote best practices in environmental management.
We are helping organisations reduce carbon emissions and reach net zero. For more information about our carbon management services, contact our team of climate experts today.
Founded in 1866, Molesey Boat Club is a private members club providing rowing to juniors and adults on the river Thames between Hampton Court and Sunbury-on-Thames.
In 2016 a new rowing centre was built which contains a large gym and rowing tank. Molesey Boat Club has recently installed solar panels on the roof of the building to generate renewable energy. 5D Net Zero has sponsored one of the solar panels to help Molesey Boat Club achieve the aspirations and goals of the Committee and Membership.
Solar technology converts sunlight into electrical energy, through either photovoltaic (PV) panels or mirrors that concentrate solar radiation. This energy can be used to generate electricity or be stored in batteries or thermal storage. Such technologies can help organisations like Molesey Boat Club to diversify energy sources, improve efficiency, and save money.
In recent years the Club has become a Centre of Excellence for British Rowing, training young rowers on the verge of international selection and have won several Olympic medals.
A carbon footprint is the sum of the GHGs (greenhouse gases) that are emitted from your everyday life, or from business operations. GHGs contribute to global warming by absorbing infrared radiation, which leads to climate change and the earth’s temperature rising.
There are many benefits of reducing your carbon footprint. The main one being mitigating the impacts of global warming and climate change and contributing towards the race to net zero.
Your business reducing your emissions will give you a competitive advantage within your industry, alongside demonstrating to your consumers and suppliers that you are taking accountability for the emissions your operations produce.
If our carbon footprints remain how they are, ocean temperature will continue to increase, sea levels will continue to rise and ecosystems both at sea and in land will be destroyed, and we will see an increased occurrence of destructive weather events – like hurricanes, cyclones, droughts and floods.
Many countries are already experiencing more frequent droughts, and this has had a significant effect on the well-being of people who live here.