Carbon Footprint

 A Carbon Footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions for which an individual or organisation is responsible. Footprints can also be calculated for events or products.

The full footprint includes a wide range of emission sources from direct use of fuels to indirect impacts such as employee travel. Greenhouse gas emissions are generally classified depending on the level of control as direct emissions (eg fuel and electricity use) or indirect emissions (eg employee travel, emissions from other organisations up or down the supply chain).

Assessing your carbon footprint is the first step towards a carbon management programme for your organisation.

In order that our Carbon Footprints are reliable and verifiable we use internationally agreed methodologies for calculating Carbon Footprints. The most important of these is the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which was developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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