Carbon Footprint Analysis
A Carbon Footprint is the total amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emitted over the full life cycle of a product or service or in a financial year for a business. A carbon footprint is usually expressed as kilograms of CO2 equivalents, which accounts for the global warming effects from different Greenhouse Gases.
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
A Carbon Footprint Analysis is one of the most effective and important steps an organisation can take to lower its Carbon Footprint. Besides quantifying your organisation’s total Greenhouse Gas impact, a carbon footprint Analysis will:
- Provide your organisation with a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, allowing it to identify and target reductions from its major emissions sources
- Participate in global carbon footprint reporting and public disclosure initiatives,
- Determine the business case for carbon neutrality or other internal emission reduction targets.
Our carbon footprint methodology is compliant with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and will capture 100% of the emissions for which your organisation is responsible. The report we provide also isolates each emission source, allowing your organisation to determine and model emission reduction strategies to determine their payback and viability. If you are interested in measuring and reducing your business’ carbon footprint, please contact us.
Carbon Footprint Links
Carbon footprint is a term that describes the whole climate change impact of a business or individual over time. At the Carbon Reduction Institute, we would be happy to help you calculate and reduce your carbon footprint. Please contact us for more information.
Once we have calculated your carbon footprint, we will then discuss the most appropriate certification for your organisation. That way you can actively communicate your climate change action to your customers and business partners. Click here to register your interest in becoming carbon neutral certified.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Once you have completed your Emissions Assessment, we suggest a number of ways to lower your Greenhouse Gas Emissions which will, in turn, reduce the carbon footprint of your business. A few examples are below:
Switch to Green Power
In most office-based businesses, carbon emissions from electricity are the greatest carbon footprint component. Green power is renewable energy, sourced from the sun, wind, water and waste and it will lower your carbon footprint considerably.
Energy Efficiency for your Business
Starting with lighting, replace inefficient lighting with new energy efficient lights. Install time sensors that switch off lights when no one is in the room. This will not only reduce your Carbon Footprint but also save you money!
Staff Practices and Education
Encourage staff to take public transport or to car-pool and remind everyone to switch off computers, monitors and printers at night. Please visit our resources page for flyers and brochures that will help you to motivate your staff to take action against global warming.
Reduce Business Air Travel
Emissions from air travel are significant and if you fly staff domestically or internationally, this will have a big impact on your carbon footprint. A return economy flight to London from Sydney is responsible for 7.16 tonnes of GHG emissions. To calculate and offset the emissions from flying, please visit our Carbon Offset Calculator. An alternative to flying staff to meetings could be video conferencing. Please visit Broadreach Services or CO2NeutralConferencing.com for more information.
Many diesel engines can be run on biodiesel or a mix of diesel and biodiesel. For companies with fleets of trucks or diesel driven machinery, this is an effective method for lowering your carbon footprint. For more information on biodiesel visit the Biodiesel Association of Australia website.