What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by your business and can be made up of some or all of the following:
- Direct activities (fuels burnt, transport, process gas).
- Indirect activities (electricity).
- Supply chain (distribution, raw material manufacture, consumer use, disposal).
Why perform a carbon footprint?
- It can form part of an overall CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) or sustainability strategy.
- It provides an excellent way of managing carbon emissions and energy use.
- It signifies to shareholders, clients, NGOs, the general public and the media that your business is committed to being a responsible company in a sustainable world.
- It is an important component of annual reports and company statements.
- A verified carbon footprint provides the backbone for carbon offset schemes, which in turn provide a route to 'carbon neutral' status.
- Why have your carbon footprint independently verified?
- It gives you the assurance that your carbon footprint data are accurate and consistent.
Furthermore, being able to demonstrate that your carbon footprint has been independently verified sa
Independent verification is a key discriminator of real commitment and action, giving both your business and your carbon footprint credibility, thereby enhancing your market position.
What standards and protocols are used for carbon footprinting?
CICS carbon footprinting consultants work to the international transparent and uniform carbon footprinting standards ISO 14064 (Part 1) and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol (World Resource Initiative/World Business Council for Sustainable Development). CICS is UKAS-accredited to ISO 14065:2007 to provide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) verification.
New standards are also emerging, such as PAS 2050, for the assessment of a product or service's full supply chain and lifecycle carbon footprint. CICS is the one of only four accredited verifiers for PAS 2050 in the UK.
CICS services include:
- Complete management of the carbon footprinting exercise, from definition of credible scope and boundaries to compilation of calculation spreadsheets and verification of emissions back to source data.
- Third party verification of a carbon footprint assessment made by an organisation.
- Advice on emission factors and uncertainty levels in reported data.
- Guidance on annual reporting to comply with ISO 14064 Part 1 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol.
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