What next for Agilitas’ Net Zero strategy? Putting sustainability at the heart of day-to-day business practice is key to a low carbon future, according to Helen Boggs, Head of Marketing, Agilitas.
The first step in Agilitas’ Net Zero transformation journey involved a root and branch assessment of its green status and situation. The business is already fairly sustainable as its whole model is built on repairing, reworking and reusing tech. “We’ve been doing this for over 30 years, so we’re starting from a good place,” stated Boggs.
“That being said, we still recognised that we had a long way to go to be a Net Zero business. We evaluated our current operations and collated our metrics so that we had a well-established starting point. Our team then put together a pledge which outlined the sustainability goals we aim to achieve and a timeline for when we planned to achieve them. This shows commitment to our partners, as well as giving us accountability on our mission.”
At the outset Agilitas looked at offsetting measures and partnered with Ecologi to begin reducing carbon emissions by planting trees. “Reducing the amount of carbon you produce is always going to be the preference over offsetting, but it’s unrealistic to suddenly switch to a true Net Zero business overnight,” added Boggs. “Your staff need to get to work, and in our case, we ship technology hardware around the world using complex supply chains. Offsetting provides a quick-start solution to start making an impact on the environment instantly, but it should not be the sole strategy for achieving a carbon neutral operation.”
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The next step was to subscribe to a more robust and industry recognised benchmarking service. “Although we had been collecting statistics for a number of years, it’s a little like marking your own homework,” said Boggs. “So to have verified figures that our partners can be confident in was important to us. We subscribed to ecoVadis which has given us a score and a forward plan to make meaningful improvements.”
Agilitas has been tracking its Scope 1 and 2 emissions for a number of years, which Boggs says is relatively straightforward to do. But tracking Scope 3 emissions is a lot more challenging as it involves measuring emissions from the complete value chain – including suppliers, investments and transportation.
“There is a lot to consider and it’s quite daunting to know where to start,” commented Boggs. “The most important thing to do is start the conversation. Speak with every customer, supplier and partner that you can to find out what each of them is doing. There is a lot we can all learn from each other.