Climate Change/Net Zero

Planning for net zero and contributing to mitigating climate change is an important goal for many charities and increasingly funders are looking to see how you might limit your carbon footprint and support net zero goals. The TSI is one of three partners in a new Climate Action Network Hub for Argyll and Bute and they can provide advice and support to you on your net zero journey. will be up and running soon but in the mean time you can find out more on the ACT website or contact the team via email – [email protected].  Jamie can also arrange climate literacy training.

Organisations, groups and charities might consider the following:

Assessment of Carbon Footprint:

  • Begin by assessing the organisation’s carbon footprint. Identify sources of emissions, including energy consumption, transportation, and other activities.
  • Consider conducting a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to understand the scope and magnitude of emissions.

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Set Clear Goals:

  • Establish clear and measurable goals for reducing carbon emissions. These goals could be short-term and long-term, providing a roadmap for the organisation’s journey towards net zero.

Energy Efficiency:

  • Implement energy efficiency measures within the organisation. This may include upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, improving insulation, and using renewable energy sources where possible.


  • If the charity is involved in transportation, consider ways to reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles. This could involve using electric or hybrid vehicles, promoting public transportation, or encouraging carpooling.

Sustainable Practices:

  • Adopt sustainable practices in day-to-day operations. This might include reducing waste, recycling, and promoting circular economy principles.

Education and Awareness:

  • Raise awareness among staff, volunteers, and the community about the importance of mitigating climate change and the organisation’s commitment to being environmentally responsible.

Collaboration and Partnerships:

  • Collaborate with other local organisations, businesses, and government agencies to share resources and expertise. Collective efforts can have a more significant impact.

Grant Funding:

  • Explore available grant funding opportunities for climate action and sustainability initiatives. Many organisations, governments, and foundations provide funding to support projects focused on environmental sustainability.

Advocacy and Policy Engagement:

  • Advocate for and engage with local policymakers to promote climate-friendly policies. Small charities can play a crucial role in influencing local decisions and policies.

Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Implement systems for monitoring and reporting on progress toward net-zero goals. Regularly assess and update the organisation’s sustainability initiatives.

Community Engagement:

  • Engage with the local community to promote environmental awareness and involve them in sustainability initiatives. This could include organizing workshops, events, or educational campaigns.

Incorporate Climate Considerations into Programmes:

  • Integrate climate considerations into the charity’s programmes and services. This could involve incorporating climate education, sustainable practices, or environmental conservation into the organisation’s mission.

By taking these steps, your group can contribute to mitigating climate change while also demonstrating leadership in their community. The key is to take incremental and practical steps, considering the organisation’s specific context and resources.