Measuring your organisation’s footprint

Carbon footprinting: GHG emissions

Measure, analyse, reduce

Like a physical footprint left in the sand, your organisation’s carbon footprint measures the outputs of your actions and in turn, their impact on the planet. In the context of global climate change, it is increasingly important to identify and be responsible for the emissions your organisation releases into the atmosphere.

While the word carbon is often put in front of emissions, footprint and reductions, we are often actually referring to the whole variety of greenhouse gases (GHGs) created. The most common GHGs are water vapour (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and ozone (O3). Each gas has a different potency and warming impact, for example, methane is about 30 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide, though it dissipates faster.

CO2e is a metric converting the emissions from all greenhouse gases into carbon dioxide equivalent, accounting for their different global warming impact and giving a comparable figure that is usually reported on an annual basis.

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Whether you have mandatory emissions reporting like SECR or ESOS and need some assistance, or just want to get ahead of the competition in assessing your environmental impact, the Grain team is here to help.

We will help you measure a detailed carbon footprint covering scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions from your business, guiding you through a data collection process tailored to your specific industry and needs. We use an online data gathering platform aligned to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, assuring that our emissions calculations can be trusted and communicated confidently.  

A figure of total tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (tCO2e) will be calculated with a breakdown of sources and scopes. We provide data visualisations demonstrating the key areas of emissions from your business and where to focus reduction targets. Having a full carbon footprint allows you to be transparent with your stakeholders including customers, suppliers, and staff — demonstrating that you are serious about positive change.

These base year measurements allow you to kickstart climate action within your company, set future targets and monitor progress towards carbon reduction. Grain will help you create a decarbonisation plan as part of a comprehensive sustainability and ESG strategy , helping you set and achieve ambitious goals including alignment to net zero and science-based targets (SBTs)

For help with your carbon footprinting, get in touch on +44 20 8187 7040, email, or book in a chat.

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