Carbon Footprinting

Constructing a carbon footprint involves a complete evaluation of the key elements of your business supply chain.

What is your carbon footprint?

A Carbon Footprint is a vital step on the road to a greener business. This oft-cited measure of a company’s environmental outlook and responsible practices translates to far more than a marketing tool or a route to compliance with legislation. Constructing a carbon footprint involves a complete evaluation of the key elements of your business supply chain, allowing us to perform an energy management assessment, identify emission-reduction opportunities and support the implementation of an energy strategy with your staff, suppliers and stakeholders.
Calculating your carbon footprint is the first step in investigating emission-reduction opportunities as well as implementing cost-saving measures. Carbon footprinting enables us to identify and remedy poorly performing systems, ensure compliance, and improve sustainability. Our guidelines are taken from the Carbon Trust – the leading government organisation in this field. Carbon footprinting can provide the data necessary to compare your resource use with your competitors and better align your business with the aspirations of your target audience, via carbon neutrality.

Calculating CO2 figures

The first steps in the initial analysis include agreeing the scope and boundaries of the study with our clients, and determining the specific product supply chain(s) to investigate. We can then build a supply-chain process map, identifying the major raw materials.

Construction of the carbon footprint

  • Identifying key supply chain companies and contacts – and making introductions.
  • Energy and emissions data collection, with a focus on the energy-intensive stages across your supply chain.
  • Constructing a mass balance for the supply chain, ensuring ‘what goes in must come out’ for raw materials, waste, energy and emissions.
  • Constructing carbon footprints, broken down to show your emissions by process/supply-chain stage.

Opportunity identification and prioritisation

  • Highlight high emissions sources and look for emission-reduction opportunities.
  • Evaluate net impact of opportunities on carbon and cost.
  • Plot opportunities on cost carbon matrix to prioritise those with high carbon and therefore high cost-saving potential.

Results analysis and implementation planning

  • Identify next steps to implement change within your target supply chain. Carbon footprints and reduction opportunities assessments can be presented to supply-chain participants, trade bodies and other stakeholders.
  • Support ongoing implementation steps.
Green Element has developed it’s own Carbon Footprinting Software called COMPARE YOUR FOOTPRINT. Click here to visit the Compare Your Footprint website to find out more.