A company's carbon footprint: how to start?

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The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is steadily increasing due to human activity, which is the main cause of climate change. The negative impacts it brings can already be felt today, but will increase dramatically in the future. This will lead to extreme weather fluctuations, the collapse of ecosystems and the uninhabitability of some regions of the world. But this need not happen if the rate of global warming is kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

Reducing the emissions intensity of the economy, transforming it and switching to renewable energy sources are essential steps towards achieving this goal. For this reason, the European Union has adopted a set of new legislative measures that will set the pulse of European business in the coming decades. This transformation brings a number of challenges but also opportunities, where companies with a positive environmental impact gain better access to finance, get a head start on the competition or avoid the negative impacts of a material or energy crisis.  

To achieve these positives and to know where we stand on our environmental impact, there is a basic tool - calculating a company's carbon footprint. At Green0meter, for example, we use the most widely used method in Europe - the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, which corresponds to ISO 14064. The GHG Protocol divides emissions into three types: Scope 1, 2 and 3, and your journey can start with calculating Scope 1 and 2 emissions. 

A separate article is devoted to Scope 3, where you will learn about emissions that are linked to the entire value chain of the company.

 What are Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions? 

Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions that are generated directly from the operation of a business. For example, emissions from heating, vehicle propulsion or manufacturing. It also includes process emissions, which are generated, for example, in the production of cement.  

Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions that arise from the consumption of energy purchased from external suppliers. These are, for example, emissions from the production of electricity, heat or steam. For most companies, the only item is the amount of kWh purchased. 

ENG Scope 1-3

Start with us and you will have a result in a week. 

We often see in practice that emissions reporting in this range is increasingly requested by the foreign headquarters of an international company or by another customer. Until a few years ago, calculating the carbon footprint, even in these basic parameters, was a costly and lengthy process. Today, however, we are seeing a massive acceleration thanks to the use of AI technologies.  

Our Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint calculation service is designed to help your company accurately measure and manage carbon emissions. With access to our platform, you can do it yourself in as little as a week: our experts will guide you through the data collection process, we'll calculate it together, and the output will be a report that shows where you currently stand. Plus, we'll advise you on how to improve your results in each area efficiently, quickly and at low cost. 

The estimated carbon footprint can even be known in a few minutes by filling in a few basic details.

Come and try it out!

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