Measure Your Carbon Footprint
With over ten years experience, we are experts in assessing energy management. Whether you work in an office, factory or warehouse, reducing energy costs and consumption is easier than you think.
By measuring your carbon footprint or investigating your energy use through an energy audit, you can:
- Identify practical ways to be more efficient and cut costs
- Meet supply chain environmental demands and attract new, environmentally aware clients
- Increase brand value by proudly promoting your environmental effort to customers
Read on to discover the many ways that Carbon Neutral can help your organisation kick start its carbon journey
The first step for any carbon management program is to understand the current carbon footprint (baseline measurement). This allows targets to be set and to quantify benefits from better managed emissions.
Carbon Neutral can calculate your carbon footprint consistent with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the National Carbon Offset Standard.
A Data Collection Tool will be provided for staff to easily collate the required information relating to the relevant emission sources of your organisation. This is used to capture activity data relating to greenhouse gas emissions.
The data collection tool covers:
Scope 1 Emissions:
- Generation of electricity, heat or steam: these emissions result from combustion of fuels in stationary sources (boilers, furnaces, turbines)
- Physical or chemical processing
- Transportation of staff in business owned/controlled vehicles (e.g. fleet buses and cars): these emissions result from combustion of fuels
- Fugitive emissions: these emissions result from intentional or unintentional releases [e.g. equipment leaks from joints, seals, packing and gaskets, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions] during the use of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
Scope 2 Emissions:
- Emissions resulting from the generation of purchased electricity that is consumed at owned or controlled equipment or operations.
Scope 3 Emissions:
- Relate to all other emissions outside Scope 1 and 2, that accurate data is held for, and is relevant and significant.
- They are indirect emissions that a business can influence but are not directly under its control, also called upstream and/or downstream emissions. For example, emissions from air travel are not directly released by the business (unless they own the plane) but are included as scope 3 emissions as the plane is emitting GHG.
- Consideration should be given to your organisation boundaries to avoid double-up of accounting with Scope 1 emissions.
The outcome of this assessment is a report that outlines your emissions sources, usually encompassing a 12 month period, and provides transparency as to how they have been calculated. This inventory forms the benchmark against which future greenhouse gas inventories can be compared.
Carbon Neutral’s Senior Carbon Advisors have significant experience conducting Level 1 and 2 energy audits in accordance with AS/NZS 3598:2000.
By auditing the way you use energy and looking at how your staff use facilities, we can determine the best way for your organisation to become more energy efficient, reduce costs and in turn benefit the environment.
An Energy Audit works to ensure that the following areas are as efficient as possible:
- Heating, cooling and ventilation settings and operation
- Lighting systems and controls
- Hot water systems
- Computing and other equipment
- Compressed air systems
- Alternative energy supply and generation
- Staff engagement, communications and awareness
Energy Tariff Tendering
The amount of energy consumed running an organisations facilities and operations can provide significant bargaining power with licensed electricity retailers.
Carbon Neutral has helped clients achieve substantial savings on electricity and natural gas costs by re-tendering their supply to licensed energy retailers - typically leading to a 20 to 40% cost gain to standard gazetted tariff rates.
Energy Tariff Tendering does not result in reduction of energy use, however the savings achieved from entering a contract for energy supply can be reinvested to fund energy efficiency or renewable energy initiatives in the organisation.
Carbon Neutral has no affiliation with any particular energy provider and therefore can offer a truly independent energy tariff tendering process.