Benchmarking

Benchmarking allows performance comparison between your organisation and best practice. It is a fundamental environmental management tool for your business

Green Element is an Environmental Management Consultancy with over 15 years of experience based in London and Edinburgh. We offer a range of Environmental Services to all types of organisations from small SMEs up to large corporations

What is Energy and Carbon Benchmarking?


  • Energy benchmarking enables us to identify poor performance in clients’ key operational areas, it also provides a solid foundation from which Green Element can recommend efficiency- and cost-saving improvements and track the effectiveness of your environmental strategy implementation.

    Through benchmarking, the key metrics for assessing the performance of a building (or portfolio of buildings) can be identified, along with the drivers of energy demand.
  • Carbon benchmarking allows cross-industry comparison on energy-efficiency ratings – a vital data point against which you can measure your progress and that of your competitors.

    A normalised carbon footprint allows for benchmarking too. This is because it displays a carbon footprint across a range of environmental key performance indicator categories.

    For example, a carbon footprint per person in an office or the carbon footprint per meal served in a restaurant. This allows comparisons between organisations within industry categories. This can provide clients visibility on how they rate against key competitors.

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What is Carbon Footprinting?

A carbon footprint provides the measure of the direct and indirect impacts of an activity on anthropogenic global warming. This is determined by calculating the greenhouse gas emissions of these activities, usually stated as a ‘CO2e’, or carbon dioxide equivalent. This means that all the key greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) can be expressed in a common unit, allowing, for instance for the ease of inter and intra industry comparison and understanding.

How is it broken down?

Emissions are usually defined under three categories, or ‘Scopes’ – Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

The Scopes therefore help to systematically define different emission areas for a corporation and are also a useful tool that is widely utilised in reporting.

  •  Scope 1 - emissions are all direct - they are emitted from the organisation themselves, and by any sources that they own or control, for instance from combustion by equipment they own. 
  • Scope 2 - emissions are indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation.
  • Scope 3 emissions incorporate all other indirect emissions that result from activities performed by the organisation, from sources that they do not own or control. This incorporates any emissions from, for example, business travel, or goods or services purchased by the company. Scope 3 usually covers the largest share of the carbon footprint of most organisations.
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