Completing a carbon footprint is the first step in the discovery of the quantity and sources of an organisation’s or product’s carbon emissions. A carbon footprint is essentially an inventory of carbon emissions, usually calculated from 12-month’s data. Once the quantity and sources of carbon emissions is established, it is possible to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption, leakage and waste.
Under the rules of carbon footprint structure, carbon emissions are broken into three scopes, described as follows:
Scope 1 Emissions
Examples of scope 1 emissions include the on-site generation of electricity, heat or steam using fossil fuels, physical or chemical processing, transportation of staff in business owned/controlled vehicles (e.g. fleet buses and cars) that use internal combustion engines and fugitive emissions 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
Scope 3 emissions include emissions outside Scopes 1 and 2 for which accurate data is held for and are 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 greenhouse gases.
Carbon Footprint Report
Once the carbon footprint is completed, Ecoprofit completes a report that summarises the findings and lists recommended energy efficiency, renewables and waste reduction options. For instance, it could be an LED light upgrade. This is normally a go-to recommendation, but not always. Heating and cooling, refrigeration, fuel consumption, waste management, product lifecycle analysis and other carbon reduction recommendations feature. We complete return on investment calculations for capital upgrade recommendations with IRR and payback periods.
Importantly, the carbon footprint becomes the carbon inventory against which future carbon footprints can be compared. We use absolute and intensity targets (to highlight the carbon reduction measures taken by growing businesses).
Please call or email us if you would like us to complete a carbon footprint for your business, product or household. Once we know the scope of work involved we can provide you with a quote for the service. Indicative pricing is $100 ex GST for a home and $250 ex GST for a small business.