Why a CO2-footprint?
In view of both your organisation’s social responsibilities and investor/ customer interests you want to know where your CO2 emissions are, how much it is and what options you have to steer your overall CO2 emission performance. More and more of your customers are looking for an insight in your CO2 footprint as part of their considerations in selecting their suppliers.
Type of CO2 footprint
For a CO2 footprint there are several approaches which may be of relevance to you dependent on the type of market, the kind of customers or the type of competition you face.
1. Corporate carbon footprint (ccf)
2. Product carbon footprint (pcf)
3. CO2 product label – Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) based (cpl)
Dependent on the driving consideration for your footprint analysis we can offer you the relevant methodology, based on international standards and, where necessary, worked out in detail to check compatibility with specific European directives and/or national (NL) legislation. For that purpose we ensure that the methodologies applied are consistent with the international standards as indicated in the table below:
Definition of scope of study, premises and boundaries
Based on selected interviews with relevant staff in your organisation or, in case of a bigger group of people, in a workshop format with key staff we will define the scope for the study, i.e. which parts of your organization, which products or which supply chains need to be included.
Data collection and analysis
Data collection, required for running the footprint calculation models, will be done in close cooperation with selected staff. Based on the provided data the relevant CO2 emissions will be determined. Results will be presented and discussed in a transparent way including a clarification of the applied calculation methodology.
Options for improvement and strategy analysis
Footprints are constructed in kg/ton CO2. Using the CO2 footprint analysis and dependent on the scope of study, defined options for improvement of the relevant emissions will be proposed. Potential improvements are presented in 5 categories (see section on Low carbon Solutions). On that basis an investment strategy can be developed and presented against the background of (potential) future directives, market developments and economics.
Pre-scan CO2 footprint
Carbon Matters offers a pre-scan to check whether your organization is ready for a full scope footprint analysis. A scan is done in a week by two professionals and work done during the scan can be used in the full scope footprint analysis. The check is made on internal data availability. This eliminates the risk of lining up a full team and incurring costs only to find out that information is incomplete or invalid.
Why a CO2 benchmark?
Your CO2 footprint tells you about the GHG/CO2 emissions of your organisation. The absolute size of the footprint does not say much without comparison to your peer's or competition. Carbon Matters benchmarking expertise will tell you where you are and what gap you may want to bridge.
Types of CO2 benchmarks
In line with the three footprints (corporate/product/life cycle) more than just one benchmark is relevant. To benefit and capitalise on direct financial improvements the corporate footprint and benchmark are to be used. For office bound service industry the benchmark per FTE or m2 office space is relevant, in deliveries to the industry your performance in CO2-eq/unit product compared the competition is required(CO2 intensity) For the automotive industry the focus is on CO2 emissions in the use of the end product like gram of CO2/km driving to life cycle benchmarking.
Data collection and analysis
Given the lack of a definitive and explicit legislative framework and immature state of the industry in CO2 benchmarking two elements determine the value of the benchmark. 1) availability of segment specific CO2 data and 2) your performance against other sustainability related indicators. In answer to the first point we use our own as well as third party data basis for the best possible and complete picture. For the second we use segment specific economic, environmental and social dimensions. This second benchmark element follows the philosophy of the Dow Jones Sustainability index.
Driving for Industry Improvements
There are still significant gaps in GHG/ sustainability benchmarking data, as available today, which need to be made explicit. Irrespective of these gaps, however, the nature of the required improvements should not stop you from establishing where you stand.
- Often between 20-45% of the product's CO2 is imported through the supply chain with in most cases unknown CO2/sustainability data. We will provide procurement directives which will alleviate this issue and insert explicit data for immediate use
- National and international legislative frameworks as well as standards for GHG data disclosure are lacking in a number of cases. We are keeping a close eye on developing legislation and participate in advisory committees to legislators to allow us to fill any gaps where possible.