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How do we measure our carbon footprint?
25 March 2024 10:35

Measuring the carbon footprint of an organization involves several steps essential to the understanding, management and reduction of your organization’s environmental impacts.

Guidelines to help you make a start:

1.  Identify Emission Sources: Determine activities that emit greenhouse gases. These can be classified into three scopes.

Scope 1 Direct emissions from sources controlled or owned by your organization (e.g. vehicles, furnaces, boilers, equipment).

Scope 2 Indirect emissions from energy bought by your organization (e.g. electricity, heat, cooling).

Scope 3 All other indirect emissions (e.g. material use, waste, business travel, staff commuting with vehicles not owned or controlled by your organization).

2. Collect Data: Gather energy consumption data, fuel use, travel, and volumes of waste. Source information taken from utility bills, travel records, and waste disposal records.

3. Calculate Emissions: Convert the collected data into carbon dioxide equivalents using government approved emission factors. This will provide performance data covering total co2 emissions for each emission source and ultimately when added together your carbon footprint. 

4. Set Reduction Targets: With the carbon footprint calculated, set objectives and targets for co2 emission reduction aligned with Net Zero commitments. Consider setting target levels as part of your ISO 14001 environmental objective planning.

5. Implement Reduction Strategies: Develop strategies to reduce emission reduction emissions including energy efficiency measures, renewable energy investments, waste reduction programs, and changes in transportation policy and operations.

6. Monitor and Report: Regularly monitor emissions and reporting progress to all interested parties. This can help with transparency and can also inform the organization of further improvement actions.

7. Verify and Assure: Consider independent carbon footprint verification to ensure accuracy and fact based credibility.

       Useful co2 re-education weblinks

  Carbon Trust



 Conclusion and potential first step

Measuring the carbon footprint of your organization as part of an environmental management system is not just about compliance; it’s a step towards sustainability, cost savings and improved business reputation.

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