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.
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
UK Government guidance:
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.