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Services: Carbon Footprint

 

Carbon FootprintA carbon footprint is a measure of the impact of an organisations activities on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced during the normal course of business through burning fossil fuels, the use of electricity, heating and transportation etc.

The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases produced and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.

 

There are increasingly a number of good reasons for carrying out a carbon footprint assessment.

 

  • National governments and the EU are increasingly implementing policies aimed at reducing GHG emissions including emissions trading schemes, voluntary reduction and reporting programs, carbon or energy taxes, emissions labelling schemes and regulations & standards on energy efficiency and emissions. Companies and individuals alike will therefore need to manage their emissions for regulatory and or carbon cost avoidance reasons.

  • A Carbon Footprint Assessment is the first step in the carbon management process, giving a company an estimate of the size and breakdown of its carbon emissions.
  • A Carbon Footprint Assessment provides the basis for further initiatives such as public reporting, target setting and implementation of mitigation activities. Mitigation activities may include energy efficiency measures, sourcing of energy from renewable supplies and offsetting emissions that cannot be practically reduced through on-site projects using offset schemes.

     

Carbon Twelve carry out carbon footprints for clients to the following standards and guidelines.

 

  • ISO 14064-1 Greenhouse Gases – Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organisational level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol – A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard – Revised Edition (World Resource Institute)

 

In general terms, this involves:

 

  • Establishing the assessment boundaries or scope, i.e. greenhouse gases accounted, operational boundaries, site boundaries.
  • Collection of activity data, i.e. fuel consumption
  • Evaluation of activity data quality
  • Calculation of emissions using appropriate conversion factors
  • Analysis of results
  • Analysis of uncertainty
  • Analysis of materiality within the assessment
  • General recommendations for future actions.

 

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