Business West partners with Spherics to help companies tackle carbon emissions

By Nick Batten on 30 March, 2022

Months on from COP26, a UN assessment claims that many of the impacts of global warming are now simply ‘irreversible.’

However, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, has said that there is still a brief window of time to avoid the very worst, if the rise in temperatures is kept below 1.5C.

Acting on this, Business West  – a not-for-profit company which offers business support to start-ups – has followed-up on numerous requests from companies who have said they understand the need to do something to drive positive change, but don’t know where to start. 

Teaming up with one of its members, Bristol-based Spherics, Business West is offering a simple, affordable product to help businesses measure their carbon emissions impact and support tackling them.

Unlike other tools for carbon footprinting, which can be time-consuming, Spherics is largely automated which helps keep costs low. It uses a company’s finance data to underpin calculations.

James Monk, Commercial Director of Business West said, “Any steps you make to try to improve the environment, using an online carbon calculator or a consultant is going to help. Our members have told us they want something affordable and quick that will provide them with a benchmark measurement for their carbon footprint. 

“We investigated what options are on the market and found the tool that Spherics uses fits the bill. 

“Put simply, sustainability consultants cost a lot of money, approximately £2K per report. Spherics price is as little as £9 per month, it is fast and ten times more accurate than an online carbon footprinting tool.”

Duncan Oswald, Head of Climate Science at Spherics added, “Good business decisions are made when you have all the information required. You wouldn’t try to make saving cuts without a financial statement, equally you shouldn’t try to cut emissions without an accurate carbon footprint. 

“Time after time, we see businesses complete their carbon footprint and they are shocked to see the emissions hot-spots are not where they were expecting.

“After getting an accurate footprint, the fun part begins. It involves identifying the ‘low hanging fruit’. Often there is a large amount of it and, from there, Spherics can offer companies guidance on making changes in problem areas.”

To find out more about a three-month free trial to Business West Chamber Members or one month free to non-members, click here. 

Pictured above: Spherics in use