UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)

Environmental Reporting: Guidelines for Company Reporting on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Courtesy of UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)

 Guidelines
  • Explain how and why your company emits greenhouse gases from heating your buildings, to distributing your products, to specialist process emissions.
  • Help you as a business to play your part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whether you do that on a voluntary basis or in response to regulatory requirements, emissions trading or taxation, by setting targets for improvement and reporting publicly on progress.
  • Help you contribute to a key element of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy - published May 1999. Greenhouse gas emissions are one of the headline indicators for sustainable development.
  • Help you demonstrate to your employees, shareholders, customers, Government and other concerned stakeholders - that your company is doing its bit to reduce damage to our environment from climate change.
  • They will be a key element of the renewed Corporate Commitment Campaign for business to be launched later this year.
  • Offer step-by-step guidance on how to measure your greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Highlight practical case studies from businesses for low cost ways of collecting key information.
  • Make it easier and cheaper for companies to report on greenhouse gas emissions to a common framework and to set targets for profitable improvements in their energy use and environmental performance.
  • Are initially designed for use by large companies - for instance the top FTSE 350 and other major companies operating in the UK. The Government's aim is that the top 350 businesses should use these guidelines to report voluntarily on their greenhouse gas emissions.

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