The subject of climate change and global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions by man and industry are becoming one of the most important issues on the World’s agenda. Following various countrie’s commitment to the UN’s Kyoto Protocol and the State’s accession to the OECD, many countries have pledged to make the most of their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to the “business as usual” scenario.
These political moves indicate that the various companies must start preparing as soon as possible to monitor their emissions as well as to lead moves to reduce them. Almost every business activity requires the use of energy, and as a result emits greenhouse gases. These emissions are the carbon footprint of the organization. An organization interested in measuring the carbon footprint of its activity is required to measure which greenhouse gas emissions are emitted throughout the entire value chain.
The World’s facilitator of this topic is the GHG protocol, who set the terms and standards for measurements, using the method of accounting, divided into Scope 1, Scope 2, Scope 3 (see FAQ for further information).
- Defining the scope of the calculations (which scopes will be calculated, which categories from scope 3, scope of the organizations etc.)
- Creating the base line carbon footprint data for a certain year, based on activity data received from the company (electricity consumption, other energy sources, transportation usage, raw materials and more)
- Calculations of the scopes that were defined based on the GHG Protocol for the current year.
- Organizational Carbon Foot Print report – including a graphical display of the data (for external or internal publication)
- A literature survey to examine GHG emissions of similar companies (benchmark).
- Updating calculations for the data of the following years/past years, including updating emission factors.
- Calculation of intensity according to the unit of measure chosen (in order to define / monitor KPIs)
- Accompanying in the external verification process for the calculations
- Defining short- and long-term mitigation goals
- Joint thinking on reducing environmental impacts as a result of the findings and building a work plan
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