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Carbon Accounting Overview


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An overview of carbon accounting and why an organization might want to develop a sustainability policy. …

An overview of carbon accounting and why an organization might want to develop a sustainability policy.

Explains the basic components of a carbon audit and methods of compliance with corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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  • 1. LakeShore GlobalThe Verification Experts “Our client’s are the solution”
  • 2. What is Carbon Accounting• Measuring and reporting the CO2 emissions of an organization• Often called a ‘Carbon Footprint’ Carbon Footprint Includes: direct power usage (from non-renewable power source) fuel-powered transport (travel and/or shipping) The ‘wider footprint’ may include: Recycling and waste policies carbon reduction agreements with supply chain partners carbon reduction initiatives with employees
  • 3. Why follow Carbon Accounting• Corporate social responsibility• Supply chain expectations• Brand value and image• Expectations of related legislation• Savings in energy consumption• Provides superior management data
  • 4. Carbon StrategyA Carbon Audit is first step to develop a Carbon StrategyA Carbon Strategy is a long term action plan to manageand reduce the carbon footprint of an organization, it’sclients and it’s supply chainA Carbon Strategy is compulsory in certain designatedindustries
  • 5. Elements of Carbon Audit• An analyst calculates the carbon footprint in accordance with GHG standards• Organizations apply GHG Protocol standards• Carbon Reporting is split: Power:  electricity, natural gas, oil-fired Transportation:  road mileage (vehicle type), rail mileage, air mileage (origin-destination)  Ground freight (mileage & weight)  Air freight (weight) courier mileages
  • 6. Wider Carbon FootprintMaterials (and recycling)• Paper used (quantity & type)• Materials sent to recycling (quantity & type)• Waste not recycled (mixed, by weight)Detailed Footprint Analysis• Detailed energy usage by supplier• Detailed air & road travel (vehicle class and mileages)• Commuting: distance and type for all employees• Other savings e.g. video conferencing
  • 7. Carbon Reporting Standards• Total emissions, core and non-core• Power used per square foot (offices)• Carbon value per employee (per job / project / dept)• Benchmark results with industry and market
  • 8. Basic Carbon GoalsGeneric solutions:• Cut energy usage• Cut waste• Increase re-cycling• Cut down travel & shipping• Reduce commuting
  • 9. Corporate Carbon Culture• Create carbon-conscious corporate culture• Balance short term ‘opportunities’ with long term objectives• Integrated carbon strategies (multiple reduction strategies)• Improve carbon / energy / travel reporting procedures• Delegate responsibility efficiency to departmental level• Engage employees in work-based and domestic carbon reduction initiatives
  • 10. Compliance OptionsCarbon funding:• Calculate emissions from specific activity and pay third party to reduce CO2 by similar amountCarbon offsets:• Buy emission reductions being created by another projectCarbon Monetization:• Initiate outside projects that reduce more carbon than is emitted with the excess sold in the open market
  • 11. LakeShore Global Environmental Finance for the Future• RECS • CAP and TRADE• GHG Credits • ISO 14064(5)• CO2 Offset • Federal and State Compliance• Efficiency Certificates • Sustainability Reporting• RINS • Strategic Planning 512-348-6060