Small businesses struggling to go green? How digital tools can help

With COP26 now behind us, did we make any progress in the small business community? We all have a role to play in fighting climate change, and while small businesses may be battling many challenges on the home front – from Brexit fallout to Covid recovery and more – there are still ways to contribute to this, our greatest fight. 

While no single business or organisation has all the answers, what everyone can do is take action by making reductions to their carbon footprint. 

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Calculating your carbon footprint – the first key step in tackling the business’ impact on the environment – is often a granular, laborious process. 

There isn’t much support for small businesses looking to make a tangible impact on their carbon footprint, while putting sustainable practices in place can be seen as complicated and expensive. 

Thankfully, there are digital tools available on the new Xero App Store that enable small businesses to simplify this process.

One of these tools is Spherics – an app that automates the process of carbon accounting, offering a comprehensive snapshot of the environmental impact of a business in minutes. Spherics combines transaction data from Xero with a carbon intensity database to convert pounds spent with a merchant into an estimated Carbon Dioxide equivalent.

What does this mean in practice? For small businesses, the hugely time-consuming, finicky process of capturing every carbon-intensive aspect of their operations is instead carried out – quickly, affordably and with accuracy.  – Read more

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