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by Staff reporter
11 January 2022
Sepa takes steps to lower its carbon footprint using online learning

Sepa takes steps to lower its carbon footprint using online learning

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has started using an online training tool from eCom Scotland to keep a track of its environmental compliance on the route to carbon neutrality.

In partnership with its Northern Irish counterpart, Sepa is using eCom Scotland’s digital learning and assessment tools to monitor the reduction in its carbon footprint.

eCom managing director Wendy Edie said the organisation had developed a range of online tools that help organisations understand their existing carbon footprint as well as set targets and take steps to reduce and offset that footprint.

“As terms such as carbon footprint and net zero become more prominent, over 95 per cent of the organisations with which we work recognise that, to operate efficiently, effectively and in accordance with increasing legislation and compliance regulations, they’ll need to change the way they function,” she said.

“This means them taking steps now to future-proof their business. However, achieving this goal this can be tricky.

“As the world works towards becoming carbon neutral with the implementation of new regulations, it’s important to already have a head start on potential compliance needs relating to your staff or clients.”

Edie added that almost three quarters of the businesses eCom works with say getting “organisational-wide behavioural changes in place” is one of the biggest obstacles to the net-zero transition.

“Incorporating and developing a workforce’s soft - or meta - skills can play an important role in driving behavioural changes,” she said.

“This can help individuals understand the ethics and urgency of these changes and, ultimately, the benefits of the transition to net zero. Online learning can help develop these types of skills within an organisation and can be tailored to suit individual organisations’ needs.”

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