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Glossary

Sustainability and environmental consultancy firms often use a lot of acronyms and jargon that can be hard to navigate! We have put together a list of the most commonly used words to help.

Carbon Footprint

The total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.

Carbon Offsetting

A way to compensate for your emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere.

Circular economy

A model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible

Climate change

Threatens people with food and water scarcity, increased flooding, extreme heat, more disease, and economic loss. It can also drive human migration. The World Health Organization calls climate change the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.

Greenhouse Gas

Earth’s greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the planet. The main gases responsible for the greenhouse effect include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapor (which all occur naturally), and fluorinated gases (which are synthetic).

Net Zero

The balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere

Sustainability Consultants

Advise businesses on methods to deliver their products or services in a sustainable manner. Corporate social responsibility has grown to be a very specific field and includes focal areas such as, green building, renewable energy, waste management and sustainable development.

Sustainable Innovation

Making intentional changes to a company’s products, services, or processes to generate long-term social and environmental benefits while creating economic profits for the firm.

Sustainability Strategy

Is a business approach to creating long-term value by taking into consideration how a given organization operates in the ecological, social and economic environment.

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