What does climate neutral mean?
Climate neutral means that an organisation does not emit any greenhouse gases (such as CO2) or that these emissions are compensated, usually through projects of compensation organisations. There are various forms of carbon emission. This means that climate neutral does not always mean the same thing. For some, climate neutral means investing in clean energy, for others it means removing CO2 from the atmosphere. At this moment, there is no (international) agreement on the exact meaning of ‘climate neutral’.
For HillFive, climate neutral means saying goodbye to fossil fuels as much as possible and for the remainder (temporarily) compensating with carbon rights.
How does climate neutrality fit in with HillFive?
We, at HillFive, have decided to become climate neutral. This involves a number of steps:
- Becoming aware:
We answer the questions: What exactly is climate neutral? Which organisations are already doing this? Where can we take the first steps ourselves?
We measure which fossil fuels we use and what our CO2 footprint is.
We decide which causes to tackle immediately and which causes require more time and preparation.
In the transition to climate neutrality, we will also make use of compensation. Not structurally, but as a transition to full climate neutrality.
- Climate positive:
In the longer term, it is even better to recover CO2 from nature. Climate positive is the step that automatically follows from our ambition.
Within HillFive we also want to give substance to Dutch innovations in the field of climate impact. Therefore we invest in the development of the Lightyear-One solar electric car.
How we help our customers to become climate neutral
Achieving performance improvement together with our clients is what motivates us at HillFive. From Lean & Agile perspective, this is always about Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost. The trick is to influence all these drivers simultaneously and to secure the results. By reducing cost, shortening turnaround times and preventing errors, you avoid wasting money, resources and time. Preventing waste is also the most important driver of carbon reduction. This is where our vision of performance improvement seamlessly connects to our ambition of climate neutrality. The CO2 that is not emitted – while exactly the same Lean/Agile business result is achieved – is therefore 100% saved from ending up in the atmosphere.
In short, a Lean/Agile optimisation leads to carbon reduction. Drawing this conclusion, the relevant question arises which Lean/Agile measure leads to which climate impact?
Why we work together with the Climate Neutral Group
Calculating the carbon reduction that takes place by optimising processes is a trade on its own. That is why we work together with the professionals of the Climate Neutral Group (CNG). CNG’s mission is to bring its clients to CO2 neutrality. This mission seamlessly connects to the sustainable realisation of performance improvement by HillFive. We work together with CNG in a Lean/Agile optimisation when our client wants to make CO2 reduction demonstrable and measurable.
We expect that in the near future there will be more regulations concerning the reporting of CO2 emissions for organisations and that they will be even more tightened up over the years. Accountants will have to start auditing the key controls the processes that organizations have in place to achieve carbon reduction. It is therefore better get started now and to be well prepared.
Are you curious about how we can help your company improve its carbon performance in its primary processes? We would love to help you with a CO2 awareness workshop. Please contact me for more information.