Guide helps companies calculate carbon

An increasing number of companies, from the smallest SME to the multinational megacorps, are now recognising the importance of calculating their carbon footprint and the benefits which reducing it can bring.

But in many cases, particularly among smaller companies, actually auditing emissions can be a bewildering process, with a new set of jargon to learn and a wealth of often-conflicting advice further muddying the waters.

The Carbon Trust, a private company set up by Government to ‘accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy’ has now published a concise carbon footprinting guide for organisations concerned about climate change and their corporate impact.

The guide provides a simple background to how a carbon footprint is calculated and offers advice to businesses and public sector organisations on how to assess their total carbon impact.

With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, the Carbon Trust is urging every business to calculate its impact.

This will allow it to set targets for reducing emissions and demonstrate to staff, suppliers and customers the progress being made to reduce its carbon footprint.

Harry Morrison, strategy manager at the Carbon Trust, said: “With so much information already available about carbon footprints this guide aims to cut confusion and provide a clear picture of what a footprint is.

“Calculating your carbon footprint is a good starting point from which to set targets for reducing carbon emissions, the main cause of climate change.

“From here, companies can work proactively to make cash and carbon savings and encourage staff and customers to consider their own carbon footprint.”

The Carbon Trust’s publication library features a range of fact sheets and industry specific starter packs, which offer a useful starting point for organisations concerned about energy efficiency.

The Carbon Trust also provides a free advice line on 0800 085 2005, which any organisation can contact for expert advice on how to cut carbon.

David Gibbs

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