FOOTPRINT BASELINING, STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN DEVELOPMENT
The importance of organisations acting on reducing their carbon emissions has never been more critical to address recent worrying trends in weather patterns and significant adverse climate events.
REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS
The need to control C02e levels.
Scientists have never been more convinced of the need to control CO2e levels in the atmosphere to limit global temperature increases which could cause irreversible and disastrous changes to the Earth’s climate regulating systems.
The diagram provides a visual summary of the main carbon/ GHG emissions scopes related to an organisation's direct and indirect activities. This diagram is taken from the World Resources Institute's Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.
The GHG Protocol provides a globally standardised framework to measure and manage direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG)/ carbon emissions from private and public sector organisations.
The Protocol is our key reference guidance when supporting clients on carbon management. (when we talk of carbon emissions, we mean carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, which is used to compare the emissions from various greenhouse gases by converting amounts of other gases to the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide with the same global warming potential).
The Protocol divides emissions sources into three scopes, with:
- Scope 1 & 2 emissions being emissions from fuel sources and grid electricity consumption
- Scope 3 emissions being indirect emissions from sources including waste generation, water consumption, staff commuting and procurement activities
Scope 1 & 2 emissions are deemed as mandatory emissions for reporting under the Protocol.
Scope 3 emissions are essentially another organisations Scope 1 and/ or 2 emissions.
There is now increased focus on organisations to measure their scope 3 emissions and attempt to influence their supply chain to reduce their related emissions.
Scope 3 emissions are also known as value chain emissions.
We are mindful that determining some scope 3 emissions sources can be very time consuming in terms of data gathering e.g. related to purchasing activities and business air travel. Our advice on scoping is based on best practice and is, first and foremost, practical to ensure maximum value and benefit for our clients.
Carbon Planning Support
We are supporting numerous organisations on their carbon management journey. From calculating an organisation’s carbon emissions baseline across all three emissions scopes to assisting with strategy and action planning development and the setting of science based targets.
Key Carbon Management support we offer includes:
- Carbon Footprint calculation
- Carbon Management/ Climate Mitigation Strategy development
- Complying with Standard requirements e.g. PAS 2060, ISO 14064, ISO 14068 (under development), Science Based Targets SBTI Corporate Net-Zero Standard
- Setting science based targets for carbon emissions reduction
- Data verification
- Carbon Management training- general awareness, carbon footprinting, carbon management planning
- Climate Change awareness training
This YouTube clip, produced by Grist, provides an excellent & concise explanation of net zero.
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