A NEW five-step net-zero plan has been set out to identify the most effective ways of doing business differently in Scotland so the economy and the environment can recover together after lockdown. Zero Waste Scotland says its blueprint aims to show public, private and third-sector organisations – including businesses and councils – how to rebuild after coronavirus and meet their vital obligations on ending the climate emergency at the same time. All public bodies nationwide have been tasked by the Scottish Government to develop their own net-zero plans, and many businesses are doing the same. The five principles include being led by evidence – calculating and targeting worst emission – and achieving absolute emissions reductions. Zero Waste Scotland also says reducing emissions must be prioritised over offsetting; that businesses and organisations should go beyond net-zero to tackle their whole carbon footprint; and that they should share successes and failures to help accelerate change. Zero Waste Scotland found that its own greatest emissions came from commuting and corporate travel. It said this was likely to be the same for others in the service industry. Its plan also sets out how it aims to almost halve its total operational emissions from corporate travel, electricity, heat, waste and water within just three years by expanding past measures, including a successful no-fly zone, and switching more than half of its computer servers to renewable-powered virtual systems. With the plan produced before lockdown, Zero Waste Scotland is reviewing its proposed measures. It estimates the benefits of long-term homeworking could reduce its own carbon footprint by almost 75%.
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