Carbon footprint

Today, the term "carbon neutrality" is increasingly used in the business world, and in the long run, it's in the best interest of all companies to adapt to it. For this purpose, we provide its online monitoring, certification and comprehensive analysis of carbon footprint for all types of companies. Related to this, we also propose to compile a tailor-made plan with measures which will help you reduce your carbon footprint to the required level or compensate it with other projects and thus achieve carbon neutrality.

Main benefits

  • Smaller impact of your company on the environment 
  • A more positive relationship between your company and its customers, which is an important part of CSR activities
  • Better decision-making on future investments

What you get: A healthier business with a lower environmental impact and a better PR image

For who:

  • Banks, insurance companies, financial institutions

  • Manufacturing companies

  • Retail

The carbon footprint is an indicator that you can use to measure the impact of human activity on planet's climate change. It is measured in "equivalent of 1 tonne of CO2" - this is due to the fact that not only CO2 is not the only gas that produces carbon footprint - another greenhouse gases are e.g. methane,  NO, etc. The mass of those other GHG is converted to a figure that expresses how much CO2 would have the same effect on climate change.

Carbon footprint determination

The carbon footprint is primarily divided into two categories:

  • Direct, i.e. GHG emissions as a direct result of company's activities (e.g. electricity generation or fossil fuel combustion).
  • Indirect, i.e. GHG emissions not directly generated by the company but as a consequence of the company's activities (e.g. transport of goods or emissions emitted during the life cycle of a product produced by the company).

When determining the carbon footprint, it is necessary to decide what should be included in the calculation. For this purpose, we use Scopes (or categories) - see FAQ. In simplified terms, Scope 1 includes direct emissions, Scope 2 includes both direct and indirect emissions, and Scope 3 includes indirect emissions that do not fall under Scope 2.

The initial analysis of the situation is followed by data collection. For Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, carbon footprint can be almost purely determined based on energy consumption, for which you can use e.g. the Enectiva application (which itself calculates the carbon footprint and shows you your carbon footprint "per employee" or "per product produced"). Although, it depends on the type of company, as Scope 1 and Scope 2 categories include, among others, fumes from company cars or fumes from vehicles used by employees for work purposes (personal car on the way to work, work trip by plane etc.).

For the final calculation of the carbon footprint, so-called emission factors are used, which express the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced per unit of a given greenhouse gas source (e.g. a unit of energy or a unit of petrol or other fuel consumed). The final carbon footprint can be redistributed into the three scopes mentioned above to give you an accurate idea of where your carbon footprint comes from, or it can be calculated "per employee" or "per product produced".

GHG (Green House Gas) protocol

The GHG protocol is the world's most widely used method of calculating GHG for companies in both private and public sector. It provides not only ways to measure emissions, but also subsequent analysis and procedures for reducing GHG emissions.

Carbon neutrality

Carbon neutrality is a situation where a company does not produce any GHG emissions. Carbon neutrality is also a situation when a company "redeems" the produced emissions by offset, which is a de facto procedure operating on the principle of indulgence - if the company produces a certain amount of GHG, it will support or found a project that reduces emissions (eg. a project to support tree planting or the company can implement a greenhouse gas reduction technology). You can find more about carbon neutrality in our article on carbon neutrality.

We are ready to prepare for you a tailor-made plan for reducing your carbon footprint, thanks to which you can reduce the produced greenhouse gases with the smallest possible investment and at the same time not significantly impact the company's operations. Many measures that we propose make the company more efficient, plus it can also be reflected in other certifications, such as LEED and BREEAM.

Determination of carbon footprint according to ISO 14067 or ISO 14064

The International Organization for Standardization covers ISO 14067 and ISO 14064, which aim to specify requirements and procedures for determining the carbon footprint, including life cycle emissions of a manufactured product in the case of determining the carbon footprint of a product produced.

Standards are seen as a tool to quantify the carbon footprint and indicate in which sectors the carbon footprint could be reduced. In the case of ISO 14067, a "functional unit" is  either a product (in which case the ISO standard focuses on the so-called life cycle assessment, during which is determined in which part of the product life cycle - from production to disposal - the product causes the most greenhouse gas emissions and how they could be reduced) or service. The ISO 14064 on the other hand concentrates on the carbon footprint of a business. 

Measuring carbon emissions according to ISO 14067 or ISO 14064 has many advantages, but the main ones include transparent quantification and reporting of carbon emissions, including the product life cycle, or the fact that the ISO standard is naturally consistent with other international standards such as 14044 (Environmental Management) or ISO 14025 (Environmental labels and declarations).

Our concept of the carbon footprint is holistic:

  1. As a technology company, we look at carbon footprint with an overlap into energy management and technologies of buildings, which is our main business activity, and therefore we also have the know-how to reliably optimize the carbon footprint directly according to the client wishes.
  2. As a part of our SW solutions for the collection, analysis and reporting of data from buildings (https://www.enectiva.cz/en/about-enectiva/), we also offer automated reporting of your operational carbon footprint.
  3. Because we operate in the energy efficiency and energy management sector, we must have a detailed knowledge of energy and climate regulation and legislation across all sectors of industry and services. Thanks to this, we are able to prepare our outputs so that our client can subsequently use the carbon footprint data according to sector-specific GHG reporting requirements. Typically, for example, for financial and banking entities,  for which their obligations according to Directive 2019/2088 / EU (SFDR) will be new and they will thus transfer the burden of GHG reporting from funded projects to their clients (product level ESG, principle adverse impacts, etc.)

 

If you are interested in determining the carbon footprint or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at info@enerfis.cz or at + 420 222 766 950.