Nearly 4% of small businesses measure carbon emissions

A new report indicates a lack of data on direct and indirect emissions and renewable energy use, with less than a third having dedicated environmental committees on their boards.

Nearly 4% of surveyed small and medium-sized business (SMB) leaders can provide data on their companies’ direct and indirect emissions (scope 1-3).

That’s according to new research sponsored by EY and conducted by YPO, which shows a “significant” gap in environmental measurement practices among SMB leaders.

Additionally, almost 5% of small businesses measure their businesses‘ renewable energy use, according to the survey.

The study highlights potential resource and understanding challenges among SMBs, with less than a third having social and environmental committees on their boards and only 27% having a full time sustainability leadership position.

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