Author: Darren Vorster – Communications Manager at GCX Engage
The response to climate change has seen a huge drive from governments, companies and organisations all around the world to commit to reducing carbon emissions and strive for carbon neutrality.
It’s, therefore, becoming increasingly important to understand organisations’ carbon footprints – regardless of industry or size. As businesses dedicate more and more resources to this issue and the sustainability industry continues to evolve, research is showing a growing market for Carbon Footprint Analysts, both locally and abroad.
The Growth of the Industry
South Africa’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34 percent by 2020 and 42 percent by 2025 comes to life through The National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulation (which has passed into law) and the proposed Carbon Tax. Starting from March 2018, South African organisations will be required to report on their GHG emissions (from certain listed activities) or face fines and penalties for not doing so.
Far from being a business burden, the reduction of carbon emissions has many business benefits that stretch beyond the realm of legislation and just being a ‘green company’. These include:
- increased profitability
- increased efficiencies
- reduced costs
- reduced business risk, both reputational and financial.
But, before an organisation can begin to manage and reduce its carbon emissions it needs to measure them. Which is why businesses are increasingly seeing the importance of employees with these specialist skills who can help them solve problems they would otherwise need to look outwards for. This will only add to the demand and necessity for skilled and qualified Carbon Footprint Analysts.
Amid the pile of generalists, specialists stand out.
Understanding your Carbon Footprint allows you to identify areas within a business where emissions, costs and business risks can be reduced. Setting yourself apart and adding value to a business.
As a specialist, you’re valued for your skills and expertise and the more specialised you become the more invaluable you become to your employers, both current and future.
A Carbon Footprint Course is an easy way to specialise in a fast-growing industry, stand out from your colleagues, gain promotion or begin a career in sustainability and carbon management.