Greener Act is a free APP which allows the responsible Traveller to engage in sustainable experiences, participate in events and community work and finally enables the Traveller to donate and support local causes. What an amazing thing to be a part of. We feel very fortunate to be able to say we partner with Green Act. In order to show our appreciation we have designed a handbook and given 10% off for our software.
Thank you for wanting to be more environmental. This is a really exciting step for your organisation.
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The 5th of June marks World Environment Day celebrated in no fewer than 100 countries around the globe. This year the theme is air pollution. We are going to plant anti-pollutant plants as well as making some wonderful pledges with one of our Clients Regent's University London.
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is the UK greenhouse gas reporting scheme set to replace the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) from April 2019. SECR is part of a package of changes announced by the government which aims to reduce the burden of the current suite of reporting requirements while further incentivising energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
Compare Your Footprint can report SECR for you!
compareyourfootprint.com quickly and easily creates the report you’ll need from April 2019. compareyourfootprint.com calculates SECR Scope 1 and 2 emissions in the most simple and fast way. Scope 1 and 2 emissions can then be reported in your next company financial and strategic report.
Who will be required to report?
- Applicable to all quoted companies and large UK incorporated unquoted companies with at least 250 employees or annual turnover greater than £36m and annual balance sheet total greater than £18m (two criteria or more must apply).
- Organisations using low levels of energy (less than 40,000 kWh per annum) can opt out.
- Inclusion of Limited Liability Partnerships.
An increase in the Climate Change Levy (CCL) has already been announced to compensate for the treasury’s lost revenues from closing the CRC scheme. This will increase to 0.847 p/kWh as opposed to 0.583 p/kWh for electricity, similar percentage increases were announced for the other qualifying fuels.
What energy and carbon information must be reported?
- Mandatory reporting of energy use and associated Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis via the current system of company accounts reporting.
- Energy in the scope of the new SECR legislation includes all UK electricity, gas, and transport energy use.
- For the GHG calculations, details of the methodology and a suitable carbon intensity metric must also be included.
- For large unquoted companies the scope of SECR will include all energy use within the UK
- For quoted companies registered in the UK the scope will continue to include global energy use and carbon emissions
- Companies will be required to report on energy efficiency actions taken over the previous year
- SECR will allow exemptions from disclosing their SECR information where it is not practical to do so. There will also be an exemption from disclosing information which the organisation’s directors think would be damaging to the interests of the company
compareyourfootprint.com is easy and intuitive to use, allows you to upload spreadsheets of electricity, gas, fuel and travel data and swiftly calculate the emissions you need for your Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting compliance.
Below is a summary table produced in pdf and Excel formats by compareyourfootprint.com:
Médio Legal 2016
Reporting period: 01 Jan 2016 – 31 Dec 2016
Organisation: Médio Legal
Industry sector: Legal activities
|Médio Legal 2016 annual GHG emissions and intensity ratios|
|Scope||Total Emissions (tCO2e)||tCO2e / $m revenue||tCO2e / FTE|
What does this mean for my organisation?
The impacts of the new legislation will vary depending on your current non financial reporting requirements:
If you are already reporting under Mandatory Carbon Reporting (MCR), the only change is the inclusion of energy use and energy efficiency measures in the reporting requirements. If you need help with emissions, energy use or energy efficiency measures, please contact us here
If you are reporting and purchasing carbon allocations in the CRC scheme, the SECR regulations will replace the reporting side of CRC and the charging will be replaced by increased Climate Change Levy (CCL)
Those private sector organisations who don’t fall into either scheme will see the largest change. Now that unquoted large organisations will have to include environmental data in their annual strategic report, this will introduce annual public disclosure of UK energy use and carbon emissions to over 11,000 organisations, up from approximately 1,600 required to report for MCR.
From April 2019, many large unquoted companies will have to report on energy and carbon for the first time. Navigating the complex reporting landscape, gathering the necessary data from energy and transport suppliers, calculating the greenhouse gas emissions using the correct emissions conversion factors, and translating the energy saving opportunities into measurable action can appear a large challenge.
Compare Your Footprint is here to make the process easy and smooth – it takes just one minute to register and begin using our online user-friendly carbon footprinting and benchmarking tool, Register Here
If you’d like to get ahead of the game and get help preparing for next April, please ring us on 020 70960054 or 07977 517128 or email Emma to work out the best solution for your company.
The government’s impact assessment can be found here
Many people ask us is what is the difference between scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions? Emissions are broken down into three categories by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol in order to better understand the source.
Scope 1 – All Direct Emissions from the activities of an organisation or under their control. Including fuel combustion on site such as gas boilers, fleet vehicles and air-conditioning leaks.
Scope 2 – Indirect Emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation. Emissions are created during the production of the energy and eventually used by the organisation.
Scope 3 – All Other Indirect Emissions from activities of the organisation, occuring from sources that they do not own or control. These are usually the greatest share of the carbon footprint, covering emissions associated with business travel, procurement, waste and water.
Source: GHG Protocol
We have also produced a useful glossary for terms associated with Compare Your Footprint and a guide to why your business should be carbon footprinting.
Wow; Lisbon. Web Summit. Who would have thought. I don’t really feel we are in the tech world, I feel like we are trying to save the world. We are absolutely trying to get as many organisations to be as green as possible. I guess we’ll use tech to be a part of that process. This is actually talked about a lot.
I’m running an environmental management consultancy and I did not expect to be running a software business! I guess in order to reach the masses and in order to green up is many organisations as possible this is exactly what you have to do; you have to reach the masses and in order to do that you have to use software as a conduit.
We originally posted this article on LinkedIn; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/web-summit-how-together-we-can-change-world-william-richardson/
Compare Your Footprint was proud to be featured in PC Pro Magazine’s Profile section. Sharing the story of innovative British companies.
In 2015, the UN identified the reduction of carbon-intense energy as one of the key measures needed for sustainable development. As it’s been nearly two years since these goals for sustainable development were agreed upon, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the state of renewable energy in 2017 and what potential action needs to take place to achieve these long term goals.
How are they linked?
For many of us, having electricity is something that is taken for granted. What many don’t realise, is that having access to a reliable and stable energy source is actually the backbone of a strong and growing economy. A good energy system is what is needed to support all aspects of society, from large businesses all the way to agriculture and education. The problem is that at the moment, energy is by far the largest contributor to climate change, accounting for approximately 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions – and the global demand for electricity is only going up. The use of fossil fuels to produce electricity is not only unsustainable, but also causes significant damage on our environment and general health (look at the air pollution problem in Beijing).
What’s the state of renewable energy, and why is it so important?
By 2030, the UN wants “universal access to reliable and modern energy”, as well as to “increase substantially the share of renewable energy”. Today, approximately 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity at all, whilst a further 2.8 billion a forced to rely on wood, charcoal, coal, etc for their energy. On top of that, less than 20% of the world’s energy is generated through renewable sources. There is good news, though. In 2016, renewable energy capacity increased by 10%, whilst the cost of investment actually decreased by 23% – this is certainly a good sign and reflects a global desire to push for renewable energies. There are some countries out there leading by example – 42% of Denmark’s energy comes from wind turbines (with a target of 100% by 2050), and China accounting for over half of the world’s solar power capacity last year.
Renewable energy has the greatest potential to boost the economies of the poorest nations, specifically those in Africa and Asia. Renewable technology is linked heavily with human development, as they can provide electricity, heat, mechanical energy at a far more efficient rate, and would significantly reduce the 400 million deaths caused by current energy solutions in these countries.
What’s on the horizon, and what else can we do?
In a world with so much political and economic volatility, it would be nice to have something to rely on, and there are so many things that we can do individually and as a society to push for a sustainably developing world. On a large scale, governments need to accelerate the transition to renewable energy – through both investment (in resources and research) and promoting best practice (ways for the population to be smarter with energy consumption). One such example could be a transition towards grid-scale energy storage, which would make renewable energy sources more reliable and save lots of money on energy overall. Most importantly, there needs to be more help and investment from the strongest nations to developing countries to improve technology, affordable energy and infrastructure as a whole.
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