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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.
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Why is sustainability important? Simply stated; the future depends on it.
Sustainability is a key consideration for any business, whether they are small or large, not only to ensure you are environmentally conscious but by measuring these practises you have the potential to save both time and money.
- Carbon Footprint
- Energy Consumption
- Product Recycling Rate
- Saving Levels due to conservation and improvement efforts
- Supplier Environmental Sustainability Index
- Supply Chain Miles
- Water Footprint
- Waste Reduction Rate
- Waste Recycling Rate
For example, by measuring Supply Chain Miles, it provides a powerful indicator of how far your product is travelling before reaching its destination. By measuring this KPI it can become apparent that goods are travelling large distances before reaching their destination, incurring heavy costs along the way. This KPI then may make an influence on your choice of suppliers, not just to reduce carbon footprint along the way but possibly even costs too.
As a part of a business you are naturally working alongside colleagues, some of which may share your ambitions for a greener lifestyle, and some who may need an incentive to do so. We’ve put together some ideas to give your employees incentives to go green, to reduce the footprint of your business and improve their lives!
Cycle to work schemes
The government’s cycle-to-work scheme is an easy start, as it allows your employees to pay for their bicycle over a year without any interest, and avoid paying any tax on their bicycle, accessories or clothing! This means that a £500 investment could save you £125 after paying your equipment off for 4 years. This is a great way to encourage your employees to be healthier, reduce their environmental footprint and have an incentive from their employer!
Incentives in the workplace
Incentives in the workplace can be drivers for employees to reduce their environmental footprint from a variety of activities in the workplace, such as:
- Reducing waste and placing a focus on recycling
- Energy saving throughout the day
- Measurable positive actions such as printing less, dimming screens and producing less waste.
- Improving the company’s supply chain to reduce water use and CO2 emissions.
While these incentives may appeal to some employees and may engage without any form of reward, the human brain is wired to want some form of recompense, which can be introduced in many ways.
Financial rewards can be introduced, linking environmental performance to the compensation every employee receives, effectively turning the company’s sustainability goals into a part of everyone’s job. This type of incentive was introduced by chip manufacturing giant Intel, who saw emissions go down by 35% on an absolute basis.
Another system to offer incentives can be via a points system, which allows employees to donate to a charity based on how many points they have accrued. While the effectiveness of a system like this may vary from one workplace to another, its success can have positive repercussions beyond your workplace by contributing to charities striving for environmental sustainability.
At work and at home
Though these incentives may only affect the time your employees spend at work, what is learnt and incentivised may make its way even further, into the homes, social circles and leisure times of your employees, making the impact of your green incentives go beyond the workplace. Not only will this contribute to the ethos of your company, but will drive employee engagement, job satisfaction and, of course, a reduction in people’s environmental footprint!
These green incentives will help your business achieve green goals, as well as giving your employees a goal to work towards as a team with group and individual incentives. The benefits of this will also go beyond the workplace, hopefully helping your employees lead greener and healthier lifestyles.
The EU has ensured that the UK, along with the rest of Europe, has cleaner environments, greater protection for wildlife and ambitious greenhouse gas targets. However, now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, charities such as the WWF, RSPB and Wildlife Trusts are asking many questions – many of which are hard to answer, especially around energy targets, wildlife conservation, recycling, clean air policy and agriculture.
Green energy targets
Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive, the UK is required to generate 30% of its electricity and 12% of its heating energy from renewable sources, as well as 10% of energy in the transport sector to come from renewable sources. So far, this is the main reason the government backed the rapid growth of wind and solar farms, which drove UK electricity from renewable sources to 19% in 2014. While Brexit may not put an end to that, as the UK already has its own unilateral Climate Change Act, the future of the environment in the UK is conditional on future government policies.
Just like other EU members, the UK is expected to meet the target of recycling 50% of its household waste by 2020, and 65% by 2030. In Wales and Scotland any changes to legislation after leaving the EU would have little effect as the countries have already set themselves more challenging targets, yet it England exiting the EU could give politicians flexibility to set more lax targets. In a world where resources are under ever-increasing pressure, this flexibility could have harmful environmental effects.
Clean air has recently been at the forefront of the media, with several areas of the UK – and London in particular – facing illegal levels of noxious gases, particularly nitrogen dioxide. EU laws have set the benchmark against which the public can put pressure on the government to curb emissions, and Brexit could pave the way for the UK to repeal laws around clean air. This would be an issue of great concern for the UK public, and would pave the way to what many consider to be a ‘public health crisis’.
The EU’s cornerstone, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), rewards farmers for particular types of land use and tending to wild grassland, amongst other benefits such as subsidies. In 2015 UK farmers received around £2.4Bn in direct payments from the CAP scheme, accounting for a staggering 55% of the total income in the farming sector. What happens to the farming sector once the UK officially leaves the EU is mostly unknown, and is something farmers have repeatedly been asking about.
Another aspect affecting agriculture is the use of pesticides – especially neonicotinoids, which have been at the forefront of agricultural media coverage over the past years. The future of these bee-harming pesticides remains is in the hands of future UK policy regarding them, and could be undermined by the UK leaving the EU.
Wildlife conservation is at the mercy of most other environmental issues, heavily affected by agricultural policy, urban expansion and air quality. Many of the laws that protect the UK’s wildlife and environment are tied to the UK’s EU membership, and could be affected if the UK leaves the EU, again depending on future potential policy changes. However, this is something the public can campaign for, especially with the help of public figures such as David Attenborough.
As with many Brexit-related issues, be it the economy, social policy, politics or the environment, uncertainty is the overarching theme, we are more likely to see the number of environmental policies dwindling. Emissions targets may change, recycling policies may become laxer and wildlife conservation may continue to suffer.
Why go eco?
Office furniture is a great place to start making environmentally and socially responsible decisions in the office. Desks, shelves, chairs and most office furniture can be manufactured from non-renewable or unsustainably sourced materials, manufactured in an irresponsible manner or may even be manufactured with toxic materials that could harm you and those around you in the office. Old furniture may also be ergonomically unsuitable and due an upgrade, so with a range of environmentally-friendly products on the market, why not choose green furniture?
Herman Miller have made a name for themselves by designing comfortable furniture for the workplace, but their environmental record is similarly outstanding. They have married functional design with the highest standards of recyclability, significant reductions in packaging, and minimal waste in the production process. Their aims to achieve zero waste and a 50% reduction in energy reduction are ambitious in any industry, and are figures that ensure your products are backed by sustainably manufacturing. The facilities the company operates out of are also backed by sustainable energy and directly support the nature around them. There are, of course, several other manufacturers and suppliers for eco-friendly chairs that will suit a variety of budgets, so make sure to shop around and choose what suits your business!
Whilst there are many reputable providers for sustainable office furniture, Orangebox have taken a transparent and commendable approach to sustainability, using FSC certified and recycled materials. Orangebox also strive to use local suppliers as much as possible, 70% of which are in the UK, and as close to them as possible in the Welsh countryside. The company has also had significant focus on waste and the ‘end-of-life’ aspect of their products. When it comes to waste, their recycling schemes cover every aspect of production, and their ‘end-of-life’ approach for products is also admirable, either re-using or recycling products as much as possible. While Orangebox have a very special approach, there are other manufacturers that can satisfy your needs to be a green office.
Whilst many providers offer a range of environmentally friendly tables and chairs, it is many other aspects of an office that can have negative impacts on the environment. Consider your suppliers for the general day-to-day items your office may use. If these are not available in eco-friendly ways, then carbon-offsetting could also be a worthwhile consideration, as it can be a fantastic way to reduce the environmental impact of your office activities. While choosing green furniture is a great start, it is only a part of the bigger picture when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. If you have any more questions regarding this, please do get in touch via our contact page.
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