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Starting your companies carbon reduction process

We are all conscious that one thing must be accomplished to scale back our carbon footprint, however many people do not know the place to start out.

Naturally the most effective place to start out something is from the start and in carbon planning the start is to measure the place you at the moment are – what your present carbon emissions are.

Dr Torill Bigg, Chief Carbon Reduction Engineer, Tunley Engineering explains that the precept is precisely the identical as getting down to embellish a room; once you exit to purchase paint it’s essential understand how a lot to purchase, and for that it’s essential measure your partitions.


In carbon planning it’s essential set a baseline by measuring your present carbon footprint. To full this you have to to resolve what to incorporate – and what to depart out; that is known as setting your scope and boundary. It’s like deciding which rooms to color and the way most of the partitions you might be portray.

You need to embrace all related emissions sources, and what’s related is determined by what you will have management over and what you’ll be able to make modifications to. So, make a list of the property and actions of your enterprise which are inside your management and that is your listing of carbon emission sources.

If you will have numerous property resembling a fleet of pumping programs then you’ll be able to file that listing at a better degree resembling at process degree somewhat than particular person element asset degree. Next you’ll want to have the ability to calculate the quantity of carbon emissions from every of those sources and also you’ll be doing this for one years’ price of carbon emissions. Start by recording knowledge that you have already got towards every of your property and actions.

For instance, you may know the entire quantity of electrical energy used per web site or per submeter, by all of your electrical gear in kilowatt hours from your electrical energy bill or from your meter studying. Or you might be working a 12 kilowatt pump at 80% energy for five hours a day and so may calculate in kilowatt hours the electrical energy utilized by that pump.

So, file both electrical energy in complete kilowatt hours over a yr, or file a list of property and sum up the entire energy requirement in kilowatt hours for the yr.

For your baseline an annual determine of kilowatt hours of electrical energy is enough. Later extra element will assist you to create a carbon reduction plan itemised asset by asset, however at this stage we wish to discover your place to begin.

Likewise, you’ll need to listing gadgets that use fuels straight on web site resembling heating boilers which use fuel, or property that burn oil, all stable fuels or different gaseous fuels. And, once more, the writing of the merchandise or the quantity of that gas bought for one yr offers you in kilowatt hours a price for these property.

You can repeat this for autos recorded in litres of gas used, or you would calculate the carbon footprint from the variety of miles coated by the autos. And then you definitely need to embrace gadgets resembling water used, which will be accomplished from invoices in cubic metres of water bought and wastewater handled. Finally, you need to embrace supplies used and in addition these disposed of. In an workplace you could be utilizing workplace paper for printing or photocopying, you could be utilizing cardboard or plastics, manufacturing utilizing metals or glass, or setting up utilizing aggregates – so an inventory of all of this stuff will kind listing of emission sources that you could calculate your carbon footprint from.


Calculating your carbon emissions will not be as tough as it would sound. There are a lot of on-line calculators, or you’ll be able to seek the advice of the data offered by the federal government.

This data is available from the UK authorities, the United States authorities and the Canadian authorities, to call a number of, so seek the advice of the related authorities data on carbon emissions. This will let you know learn how to convert kilowatt hours of electrical energy, cubic metres of water and miles pushed in a automotive, into carbon dioxide equivalents.

If you add these numbers to your listing you now have an inventory of property and actions which are emission sources, the quantity of related emissions for carbon dioxide, resembling kilowatt hours of electrical energy or litres of diesel, and the emission figures from the federal government data multiplying the emission figures per litre or kWh by the variety of litres or kilowatt hours offers you carbon dioxide equivalents in tonnes or kilogrammes for every particular person merchandise. A sum of those is your carbon footprint.


Set lifelike modifications for every one of many property and actions which are potential emissions sources. For instance, you may be capable to change your electrical energy tariff to an eco-tariff, whereby the electrical energy you buy is generated by a renewable supply resembling photo voltaic panels or wind generators.

You may even be capable to set a plan long run to suit photo voltaic panels of your personal and so generate your personal renewable electrical energy and in addition scale back your reliance on the National Grid. You may match water saving gadgets, and so scale back the cubic metres of water, decreasing on the similar time the carbon dioxide equivalents related to that water.

You may elect, long run, to purchase electrical autos as an alternative of fossil gas autos and even set up charging factors on the corporate premises and, with extra use of batteries, this might even be charged from photo voltaic panels. The very first thing to do at this stage is to scale back demand on vitality so that you need to take a look at your property and take into account their effectivity.

Any asset giving out an excessive amount of warmth, noise or vibration is working inefficiently and the vitality is actually being wasted. So, a upkeep intervention would scale back that wasted vitality and robotically make your property each extra environment friendly and price efficient however have the impact of decreasing your carbon footprint too. Win win.


Now is the time to share with all of your stakeholders; your clients, your suppliers, your workers, your senior administration, for those who haven’t instructed them, and the neighborhood. Let everyone know that you’re on a carbon reduction journey. Let them know that you’ve got measured your carbon footprint. Let them know that you’ve got set your self carbon reduction targets.

Go forth and put the plans into motion. Monitor your success; with every new initiative measure electrical energy used earlier than and after servicing equipment and gear that had beforehand been inefficient, measure fuel use earlier than and after implementing insulation, calculate carbon emissions from diesel autos and examine them to the brand new calculation with electrical autos.

Monitor month-to-month over the yr and in a yr’s time remeasure your carbon footprint – and once more inform the world how properly you will have accomplished!