There are a wide variety of reasons for establishing your organisations carbon footprint, such ensuring , responding positively to or as part of a .

It’s estimated that UK businesses are responsible for around 88 million tonnes of Green House Gases and as climate change acceptance and awareness increases, consumer discernment is stimulating commercial carbon management initiatives.

Around have already measured their carbon footprint. As more organisations make this move, consumers start to drill down into what actions a company is taking since accumulating this information.

Before carbon management or energy efficiency programmes can be put in place, an organisation needs to know its starting point – what exactly are the emissions and where are they placed? Without this information it’s hard to benchmark progress and highlight areas of concern or success.

The first step to any carbon management strategy should be to establish . Furthermore, after the audit has been completed and the results returned to you it’s likely that you will need to appoint a specific internal representative to ensure that any follow on actions are clearly defined and monitored.

A carbon audit will help you with the following:

· Establish your ‘carbon boundary’
· Specific data relating to your organisation, rather than averages
· Benchmarking
· Setting goals and targets
· Highlight areas of concern
· Highlight areas of success
· Company decision making & budgeting
· Company reporting
· Offsetting requirements

A robust carbon audit will ensure that a is set, will be unlikely to rely on online calculators, will utilise DEFRA guidelines for reporting and provide a facility for year-on-year comparisons of each key business area and emissions group.

Reviewing the emissions data within the carbon audit will enable you to understand the areas that could be reduced. For example, monitoring your car fleet will allow you to evaluate the impact of different vehicles or fuel types, or should you be introducing video conferencing – therefore reducing business flights and costs.

With this information and structure you will be able to progress your carbon management strategy with , whilst maintaining evidence of the effect of changes made.

The audit also provides you with evidence of what levels of carbon offsetting will be required. Following on from the audit, BlueGreen will supply you with a full carbon-offsetting proposal that reflects your personal audit results. We will also provide you with year-on-year data comparisons so that you can see how your offsetting requirements change over time.

You should look to leverage maximum return from your carbon management initiatives. In addition to the carbon audit services we provide, we will support you in how you communicate any related initiatives we work together on.

In addition to carbon mitigation, our carbon management projects include high levels of social and biodiversity benefits. Because of this, we avoid any negative association with exploitation of third world countries, which some traditional carbon management schemes can attract.

This means that in addition to the carbon sequestration properties of your investment you can also include these characteristics of the projects within your overall CSR strategy. This is what we refer to as an rather than offsetting approach, which complements CSR policies and receives more positive media opportunities.

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