Net Zero carbon reduction programme

Meeting the terms of the Climate Change Act (UK 2008) is a pressing task. For the UK to reach net zero targets by 2050 we must reduce emissions by 50% by 2030; between 5% and 8% per year, to meet the terms of the Act and safeguard against tipping points for ecological collapse.

Legislation is here and, even for very tiny businesses, there will be a knock-on effect. Auditing carbon will future-proof our businesses.

How to measure your business carbon emissions

In 2018 we realised that small businesses were in danger of being left out of the net zero auditing process, so we created a short course for micro-enterprises and SMEs to get started with carbon auditing.


Blue Patch’s LET’S DO NET ZER0 programme helps businesses to audit and reduce their carbon footprint. The purpose of the course is to work towards net zero by setting a baseline year, understanding emission ‘hot spots’ and identifying ways to reduce carbon usage.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for all sizes of businesses – micro-enterprises to SMEs. Our audio guides myth-bust net zero. Busy business owners can set their own pace and replay the audio guides any time.

Programme content

  1. Understanding the basics: What’s causing climate change, what are the UK’s reduction targets and why we need to audit and reduce emissions. Understanding terms such as scopes and baseline year.
  2. Exploring a carbon calculator + How to add scope 1 and 2 data: how to enter usage data into a carbon calculator*.
  3. Creating and reading reports: learn how a carbon calculator produces scope 1 and 2 reports.
  4. Exploring scope 3: This workshop introduces the largest category of emissions, including ‘upstream and downstream’.
  5. Creating an environmental strategy page for your website: How to communicate your strategy, targets and outcomes.

*We use Compare Your Footprint carbon footprint calculation software.

Carbon Saving and ESG workshops

Blue Patch workshops provide specialist help and a supportive peer group. Workshops are online and in person.

Sharing environmental impact achievements

Blue Patch’s business listings feature Environmental Impact and Social Impact buttons so members can hyperlink to reports on their own websites.

LET’S DO NET ZER0 is supported by Blue Patch patrons