Striving for eco-friendliness is a noble goal. After all, becoming less reliant on traditional energy sources and pivoting towards renewable ones can save you money and boost your company’s reputation. Making a concerted effort towards reducing your carbon footprint (through the process of decarbonization) goes a long way towards helping you achieve the goal of net-zero operations. Carbon offsets are a dependable way to ensure that you value equity and comply with existing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting guidelines. What else do you need to know?
What Are the Most Highly-Recommended Certifications?
Many different certifications exist. That’s why it can be so confusing and difficult to select one. Some choices include the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) 2021, Zero Energy Certification from the International Living Future Institute, LEED Zero from USGBC, among others. The grid mix and associated technologies are also advancing at a rapid pace, so it won’t be long until you can find one that suits your needs.
What is the Associated Jargon Supposed to Mean?
Many industries and fields have specialized insider terms. These words, phrases, and acronyms are collectively referred to as jargon. Here is a brief look at some of the most salient examples relating to net-zero:
- Decarbonization: “Removal of carbon from energy consumption.”
- Electrification: “Focus on equipment (buildings, transportation) that is powered by electricity that supports the need for a clean (and reliable) grid. Consider all climate-based electrification solutions that are cost feasible.”
- Carbon Taxes: “Taxes implemented through legislation.”
- Supply Chain Emissions: “Scope 3 emissions that the purchaser absorbs following a transaction that represents the emissions generated to create the product. In the architecture industry, this is known as embodied carbon. Use a life cycle analysis software to calculate a project’s material’s embodied carbon and has presented on its growing traction.”
How Will This Reshape the Future Environment?
Unfortunately, there are not enough regulations in place regarding net-zero goals. That’s because necessary caps on global warming are not being proposed or implemented. Incentives offered by the federal government will make a difference, but it ultimately comes down to the foresight and proactiveness of individual companies. Net-zero is undoubtedly the wave of the future – it just hasn’t come into its own yet.
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