Carbon Management - The Global Challenge

Climate change is recognised in scientific and governmental circles as the major global challenge. It is widely accepted that greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are having a negative impact on the environment.

The most significant greenhouse gas, arising from human activity, is carbon dioxide. Virtually all human activities cause the carbon dioxide emissions that lead to climate change. By using electricity generated from fossil fuel power stations, burning gas for heating or driving a petrol or diesel car, every person is responsible for carbon dioxide emissions.
  
Furthermore every product or service that humans consume indirectly creates CO2 emissions; energy is required for their production, transport and disposal. These products and services may also cause emissions of other greenhouse gases. Understanding and addressing the full range of our impact is crucial for the effects of climate change to be minimised.

The total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organisation, event or product is commonly called their carbon footprint. Establishing the carbon footprint of an organisation can be the first step in a programme to reduce the emissions it causes.

  
Virtually all human activities cause the CO2 emissions
that lead to climate change.
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GHG Reporting

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​​The reasons for needing a carbon footprint will determine which approach is the most appropriate. There are typically two main reasons for wanting to calculate a carbon footprint:
  1. To manage the footprint and reduce emissions over time
  2. To report the footprint accurately to a third party.
Footprinting for management of emissions
Calculating an organisation’s carbon footprint can be an effective tool for ongoing energy and environmental management. If this is the main reason that an organisation requires a carbon footprint, it is generally enough to understand and quantify the key emissions sources through a basic process, typically including gas, electricity and transport.

This approach is relatively quick and straightforward. Having quantified the emissions, opportunities for reduction can be identified and prioritised, focusing on the areas of greatest savings potential.
Footprinting for accurate reporting
Organisations increasingly want to calculate their carbon footprint in detail for public disclosure in a variety of contexts:
  • Legal requirement / Mandatory reporting – Directors report for listed companies
  • For CSR or marketing purposes
  • To fulfil requests from business or retail customers, or from investors
  • To ascertain what level of emissions they need to offset in order to become ‘carbon neutral.
For these purposes, a more robust approach is needed, covering the full range of emissions for which the organisation is responsible. It may also be appropriate for the calculation to be independently verified to ensure that the methodology has been correctly used and that the results are accurate. (See ISO 14064 Part 1 Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals)

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