Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Along Your Sustainability Journey
Businesses are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint with clean energy solutions that show their commitment to a cleaner future. Constellation broad offerings of clean energy solutions can help you achieve your carbon reduction goals at each step of your journey. Work with our energy professionals to develop the right solutions for your business and put your strategy into action.
Using your sustainability goals and energy strategy, design a plan that reduces your carbon footprint –
- Carbon Offsets: Offset your carbon emissions from natural gas consumption and other business activities by purchasing carbon offsets from Constellation. Learn more.
- Carbon-Free Energy Supply (or EFECs): Reduce emissions associated with your annual electricity usage with emissions-free electricity supply. Learn more.
- Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs): Leverage existing retail supply contracts to help lower Scope 2 emissions with Green-e® Energy Certified RECs. Learn more.
- Hourly Carbon-Free Energy Matching: Most organizations pursuing net zero match their electricity use with RECs, on an annual basis. Developing an hourly carbon-free energy matching strategy can minimize the emissions impacts of energy use.-> Learn moreElectrifying your fleet can be a complex process with many moving pieces. Constellation is positioned to help you strategically prepare for the transition to fleet electrification. Learn more.
Understanding the benefits and challenges is vital to get the most out of your vehicles. Many factors play a role in whether electrification is right for your fleet including facility locations, typical driving distance and start-and-go frequency.
Types of Emissions
To start the process, it’s important to get acquainted with the various sources of emissions associated with businesses. Greenhouse gas emissions are classified as either Scope 1, 2 or 3 emissions based on their source.
- Scope 1 emissions are one area that businesses tend to focus on as they comprise of sources from a business’ owned or controlled assets, and upgrades to these areas are typically easiest to manage with energy efficiency projects such as switching over to electric vehicles or utilizing renewable natural gas.
- Scope 2 emissions represent indirect emissions from energy purchased from power plants that would power a business’ own facilities and equipment. To reduce Scope 2 emissions, voluntarily matching electricity supply requirements with a carbon-free power generation source supports the use of emission-free fuels and demonstrates a commitment to the environment.
- Scope 3 emissions are often complex and require mindful and strategic action. They involve choosing more sustainable vendors (or encouraging existing ones to engage in more sustainable acts) who assist with the following:
- Purchased goods and services
- Business travel
- Employee commuting
Explore Resources for Your Sustainability Strategy
- Sustainability 101: Renewable Energy, Greenhouse Gas & Carbon Reduction
- Sustainability 101: Emissions & Credits
- Sustainability 101: Building a Sustainability Plan
- Sustainability 101: ESG Reporting