Becoming carbon neutral

Carbon NeutralCarbon neutrality is achieved by conforming to British Standards Institute’s PAS 2060 which requires companies to:

• Calculate their carbon footprint using DECC conversion factors
• Identify opportunities for reduction
• Agree and publish a carbon reduction plan
• Offset carbon emissions

The Process:

Step One - Calculating your carbon footprint

• Measure all the energy used to heat, light and operate your building for the previous 12 months, including electricity, gas, heating oil and any alternative fuel.
• Identify and quantify other usages of energy in the business, for example company cars and business travel.
• Carry out a DEC assessment through a qualified DEC assessor. This, in addition to certifying how much energy is being used to operate your building, is supported by itemised recommendations for reduction over a 7 year period from the date of your original assessment, as required by DECC.

Step Two - Identification and prioritisation of energy and carbon reduction opportunities

The recommendations from the DEC assessment identify the priorities for an effective reduction programme, the financial implications and the most beneficial returns on investment. Carbon Strategy will help point you in the right direction to more fully flesh out the financial implications, and the possibility of low cost loans, finance and where appropriate and available, grant schemes.

Step Three - Carbon Reduction Plan

• Based on these recommendations your company must commit to a 7 year carbon reduction strategy that is annually assessed for compliance and results. This strategy is the basis of your “Carbon Reduction Plan” setting out the steps that you will be taking to achieve stated and quantified energy and carbon reduction objectives.
For example “bring roof insulation up to current standards” “replace current high energy lighting with low carbon LED lighting” “move to more energy efficient company vehicles as leases become due for renewal. “Use public transport where possible”. The published plan will detail all possible reduction opportunities.

 

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Step Four - Carbon Offsetting and Tree Twinning

• To offset your carbon footprint created in the previous 12 months, Carbon Strategy brokers the planting of trees in Kyoto approved underdeveloped countries to gain voluntary carbon credits. Uganda is one of the current project countries that benefits from this activity.
• To gain CSR PR, Carbon Strategy, in conjunction with Tree Appeal plants trees in schools local to your company, crediting your business with the activity. The process of offsetting in developing countries coupled with planting trees in UK locations is called Tree Twinning.

On completion and agreement to the whole 7 year programme described above, Carbon Neutral Status is awarded conditional on compliance for the next 7 years.

Step Five - The Following Years

• For the following 7 years, to ensure that your Carbon Neutrality status is maintained, you must have your carbon reduction programme annually and independently assessed. This assessment comprises measuring your carbon footprint for the previous 12 months, checking compliance with the agreed annual carbon reduction plan and reviewing the reduction programme for the next 12 months based on the last 12 months’ results. From this, the reduced carbon emissions are quantified and the required Kyoto designated and CSR tree plantings are calculated.

Tree plantation in Uganda

Reducing your carbon footprint makes environmental and commercial sense.

Shield your business from increasing energy costs while gaining a marketing advantage.

 

 

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