Produce an annual report on carbon emissions

You can estimate your organisations carbon footprint using (free) tools and guidance. You can then track your emissions on an annual basis.
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Produce an annual report on carbon emissions

You can estimate your organisations carbon footprint using (free) tools and guidance. You can then track your emissions on an annual basis.

Why?

Measuring and reporting your carbon emissions will enable you to compare your performance with others and track your success over time. Many stakeholder appreciate the transparency and a well performing business or organisation might be able to attract new customers or partners by showcasing their carbon footprint and decarbonisation efforts.

How?

Getting your head around your organisation’s carbon emissions might be a challenge at first, but there are standard principles that you can follow. Smaller businesses and organisations that don’t want to pay for help with this, can follow the available guidance and use free online tools to calculate their carbon emissions themselves.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) identifies the following steps organisations should take to calculate their carbon footprint:

  • Identify which parts of your business you need to include
  • Identify which activities in your business release greenhouse gas emissions
  • Collect data
  • Convert the data
  • Identify ways to reduce your emissions
  • Continue to monitor your emissions
  • Report your emissions
An important part of working towards net zero and learning how to your carbon emissions is by understanding your scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and how you calculate each of them. Scope 1 and 2 relate directly to your own operations, however to reach net zero you also need to include emissions from your value chain – scope 3. Learn more about understanding your carbon emissions and reaching net zero as a business with Allia’s slides from their Social enterprises and the two dimensions of sustainability event with Anne Miller. Watch the full workshop below.

UK Government guidance:

DEFRA – SMALL BUSINESS USER GUIDE: Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions

They also provide more details and examples for creating your report here: “Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions”

DEFRA Conversion factors help convert your data into carbon emissions.

Calculators and accredited methods to help you calculate your emissions

SME Climate Hub resources

The Carbon Trust SME Carbon Footprint Calculator

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Emissions  Calculator

Other sources:

Carbon Footprint – Business Calculator

Carbon Trust – Scope 3 emissions

Understand your Scope 3 emissions with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol evaluator

Carbon 360 Carbon calculator for churches

Events

Links & Relevant Documents

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