During the course of our project, we conducted in-depth research spanning several sources including guides published by Carbon Trust and other similar organisations, conferences we attended by Carbon Disclosure Project and Ecovadis, and interviews with SMEs and Large Conglomerates.
During the later stages of our project, we adopted a ‘prototyping as research’ process, which actually pushed us to reframe our problem. Finally, we were able to test our prototypes with various stakeholders and develop them further.
From our research, we found that
- SME owners take pride in ‘figuring out’ new initiatives or schemes for their business.
- Decarbonisation is prioritised when clear business benefits are visible and quantifiable.
- Dynamic business needs and a lack of ownership make it hard to sustain decarbonisation.
- Business owners need more contextualised recommendations in order to decarbonise.