This is your essential step-by-step guide to setting up your Compare Your Footprint carbon calculation and benchmarking account.
If you need further support or would like to offer feedback on your experience, please contact us at email@example.com or call +44 (0) 203 545 0992
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Add your Organisation
- From the left-hand toolbar, select Organisations, and Add an Organisation.
- Decide if you need to set this organisation as your parent organisation if you have other companies that sit underneath it.
- Fill in all key information, including the year(s) for which you would like to analyse.
- For Employees add in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees. This is a unit that indicates the workload of an employed person. So 1 employee working full-time for 1 year is 1 FTE. 1 employee working part-time at half the number of hours as a full-time employee would be 0.5.
- Reporting Currency: Options are currently £, $ and €, but there will be more available as organisations request them. You will see $ across the system, this is because it is the global standard currency for benchmarking industry carbon emissions. Input all your figures in your own chosen currency and the system will convert it for benchmarking, but the other results will show as normalised values per million of your own currency.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a currency added.
- Reporting year end: Your reporting year end helps you to understand your reporting period. This way your carbon results will align with your financial year. Alternatively, you might decide that you want to review results for each calendar year.
- Click Add organisation
- To add the remaining information, click View/edit button
Add your Facilities
- Include the size of the facility in square metres (m2).
- Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees is a unit that indicates the workload of an employed person. So 1 employee working full-time for 1 year is 1 FTE. 1 employee working part-time at half the number of hours as a full-time employee would be 0.5.
- Add in Revenue specific for that Facility if you want to compare different sites, subsidiaries, franchises etc. against each other and they have separate income streams. if you only have one facility then leave blank as will be the same as for your organisation.
- Include the size of the facility in square metres (m2)
- Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a unit that indicates the workload of an employed person. Information on how to calculate this figure can be found here.
- Add in Revenue specific for that Facility – if you only have one facility then this will be the same as for your organisation.
- Select your Data reporting period
- Click Add facility metrics
Add your Usage Data
Once relevant facilities have been added, you will now need to add specific usage data. This can be done in three ways, and you may use a combination of more than one.
- Manually entering each usage data
- Using our templates uploading data via Excel
- Connecting to Xero online accounting software to pull in data on related payments and expenses.
View our Usage Data Guide, to see what we can measure and how you enter your data into Compare Your Footprint.
1. How to manually enter your usage data
- Select Usage data from the left-hand toolbar
- Click on Add usage data from selected Organisation
2. How to import data from our Excel templates
3. Connect to Xero online account software
- If you use Xero for your online accounting, you can connect it to Compare Your Footprint. This will enable you to sync related payments and expenses that can be converted into a carbon measurement.
- Adding usage data via Xero or other accounting software may not be right for your organisation as it does not offer as accurate data. Watch our tutorial below for more information.
- To connect Xero go to Organisations and click view/edit on your chosen organisation. Scroll down and click on Connect to Xero.
- Watch our video tutorial below to help you to connect your Xero account with Compare Your Footprint. If you need guidance on how to map your categories, contact email@example.com.
View your results
This is the final step of the process, where your will be provided with a breakdown of your emissions. Compare your Footprint utilises up to date yearly conversion factors from the GHG Protocol to calculate this.
1. How to create your results report
- Enter a title for the report, and select the organisation, ensuring again that the dates selected match up to the dates initially entered in earlier steps.
- The software will then populate emissions broken down by three Scopes by the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and by the usage data that has been entered. This then makes it easy to visualise where most of your organisation’s emissions come from.
In order to better understand the source, view our guide on Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions.
- Click on to view the online report.
2. How to review your results
We offer two types of results (or reports). Most clients prefer to download the Excel version in order to tailor it to suit their own reporting brand and style). We also offer other formats, such as PDF.
The emissions are broken down into three ‘scopes’ by the GHG Protocol in order to better understand the source.
Scope 1 includes All Direct Emissions from your activities, which are under your control. Including fuel combustion on site such as gas boilers, fleet vehicles and air-conditioning leaks.
Scope 2 includes all Indirect Emissions from electricity purchased and used by your organisation. Emissions are created during the production of the energy and eventually used by your organisation.
Scope 3 includes everything else! All Other Indirect Emissions from your activities, occurring from sources that you do not own or control. These are usually the greatest share of the carbon footprint, covering emissions associated with business travel, procurement such as stationary, waste and water.
Find out more about the scopes here.
Carbon Footprint results and benchmarking
For electricity supplies, the GHG Protocol requires 'dual reporting', which means reporting both location-based and market-based emissions.
Location-based emissions use the average fuel mix of the grid based on the location of the electricity consumer. This means that the average fuel mix used to generate the electricity over the reporting year is used.
Market-based is more specific to the actual supply of the consumer, and takes into the account the tariff that the consumer purchases. Therefore, the percentage of coal, gas, oil, nuclear, biomass and renewables in the mix purchased is taken into account when calculating the greenhouse gases.
- Total Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Intensity Ratios shows emissions data in relation to an appropriate business metric, in this case its employees and revenue.
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Source shows emissions data in relation to the relevant usage factors you have entered.
- Emissions disaggregated by facility show the emissions broken down by each facility of your organisation e.g. head office, warehouse, factory, project etc.
- Emissions disaggregated by main greenhouse gases shows you the breakdown via all the key greenhouse gases commonly measured and monitored. Carbon Dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide.
- Benchmark Report: Emissions intensity against industry benchmark: Here your organisation can be benchmarked against others in the industry.
The consumption report is helpful if organisations need to adhere to SECR (Streamlined energy and carbon reporting) regulation, and if you want to see the ABSOLUTE (actual) usage.