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on Tuesday, 20 September 2011. Posted in Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

Helping you to reduce your footprint

There are companies the offer bespoke services to help companies and public organisations reduce carbon emissions. See our directory link>>>

Below is some general advice to organisations and individuals on actions that will enable carbon savings to be made. Many of which will also help save you money.

For Organisations

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Formulate a carbon management strategy and set realistic carbon reduction targets.

Energy Performance Programme

Practical, year-round programs which will give you a rapid return on investment.

Saving energy and money will a bonus to your business. Adopting the best ROI carbon reduction strategies first would be the most sustainable plan. In addition, the ability to build, promote and sustain your products and services as ‘low carbon’ to meet your supply chain demands are equally important. Our Energy Performance Programme (EPP) provides you with a fuss free and completely independent way to assess and design out carbon and cost from your products & services, delivering a rapid return on investment.

Energy Performance optionsEither follow our check list of sign up for an indepth initial energy survey both should highlight rapid and robust return on investment.
You may face pressures to reduce energy due to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)Energy Efficiency Scheme (EES). You may just want to save on utility bills.

Whatever the driving force for your decision , adopt a three stage programme to help implement all steps to take carbon out and build sustainable profitability into your business.

Stage 1 - Essential EPP

  • Initial in depth on-site energy survey of your business facilities

  • Detailed energy report and recommendations (with calculated ROI’s)

  • Stakeholder review meeting to discuss the report and recommendations with your key colleagues, answer any specific questions and help you to gain support for your programme

  • Four quarterly energy review telecom meetings to help you keep your programme on track, answer your questions and update you on relevant regulations

Stage 2 - Implementation EPP

Tailored implementation support, where & when you need it.

  • Draft an Energy Roadmap

  • Feasibility study, specification for a specific technology or solution

  • Market research into a specific solution

  • Process reductions support

  • Behavioural change reductions support

  • On-site or remote support to tackle specific energy problems

Stage 3 – Reassessment EPP [ Energy Performance Programme]

Your Energy Performance Programme should be a cyclical process. Once you have embedded the EPP into your business we recommend a repeat energy survey to assess your performance and help you identify further savings.

Just the no cost and low cost recommendations alone will cut energy costs by over 5% with a payback from cost savings in 1 year.

For Individuals

Here's a list of simple things you can do immediately

  • Turn down the central heating slightly (try just 1 to 2 degrees C). Just 1 degree will help reduce your heating bill by about 8%.

  • Turn down the water heating setting (just 2 degrees will make a significant saving)

  • Check the central heating timer setting - remember there is no point heating the house after you have left for work

  • Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load - this will save you water, electricity, and washing powder

  • Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need

  • Do your weekly shopping in a single trip

  • Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it

The following is a list of items that may take an initial investment, but should pay for themselves over the course of 1-4 years through savings on your energy bills.

  • Install thermostatic valves on your radiators

  • Insulate your hot water tank, your loft and your walls

  • Replace your old fridge / freezer (if it is over 15 years old), with a new one with energy efficiency rating of "A"

  • Replace your old boiler with a new energy efficient condensing boiler

Travel less and travel more carbon footprint friendly.

  • Car share to work, or for the kids school run

  • Use the bus or a train rather than your car

  • For short journeys either walk or cycle

  • Try to reduce the number of flights you take

  • See if your employer will allow you to work from home one day a week

  • Next time you replace your car - check out diesel engines. With one of these you can even make your own Biodiesel fuel. Find out more about Biodiesel.

  • When staying in a hotel - turn the lights and air-conditioning off when you leave your hotel room, and ask for your room towels to be washed every other day, rather than every day

As well as your primary carbon footprint, there is also a secondary footprint that you cause through your buying habits.

  • Don't buy bottled water if your tap water is safe to drink

  • Buy local fruit and vegetables, or even try growing your own

  • Buy foods that are in season locally

  • Don't buy fresh fruit and vegetables which are out of season, they may have been flown in

  • Reduce your consumption of meat

  • Try to only buy products made close to home (look out and avoid items that are made in the distant lands)

  • Buy organic produce

  • Don't buy over packaged products

  • Think carefully about the type of activities you do in your spare time. Do any of these cause an increase in carbon emissions? e.g. Saunas, Health clubs, restaurants and pubs, go-karting etc. etc...



Carbon Footprint Verification

on Thursday, 13 October 2011. Posted in Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint Verification

CFV: footprints

Verification services for voluntary greenhouse gas assertions


Climate change is a global issue which demands the attention of organizations, governments and individuals alike.  Already, forward-thinking organizations have begun voluntarily declaring their GHG emissions for reasons such as risk management, cost reduction, brand protection, and attracting socially responsible investment.  And in the process those organizations have prepared themselves for the GHG legislation of tomorrow.

The process of measuring, calculating and declaring your organization’s direct and indirect GHG emissions is typically referred to as carbon footprinting. An accurate carbon footprint is an important step to manage and reduce the impact of your organization on climate change. 

Firstly you need to decide on the scope of footprint that best suits your needs, while ensuring that it's sufficiently complete to be credible. The accuracy and validity of your footprint is dependent on a clear, consistent and transparent approach throughout the process of calculation.  BSI provides training courses on the current best practice approaches to footprinting to enable you to get started.

Once you have established your carbon footprint you can begin implementing programmes to manage and reduce carbon emissions across your organization, and begin realizing cost savings.

Verifying your carbon footprint is important to ensure it is robust enough to be declared to demonstrate your organization’s positive approach to climate change.

Who is it relevant to?

Carbon Footprint Verification is relevant to all types of organizations. 

  • Those already reporting GHG emissions for mandatory schemes that want to widen the scope to cover the whole organization
  • Those in industries which are shortly going to be drawn into a mandatory GHG emissions scheme
  • Those that are reporting voluntarily to initiatives such as the Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Those smaller organizations looking for a manageable first step in promoting their contribution to the environment

Why choose us?

BSI is participating in many emerging climate change initiatives and contributes to the standards against which carbon footprints can be verified.  We are also involved with the UK government in standardizing the methodology for carbon footprints of products and services.

Carbon Trust launches new service to verify company carbon footprints

on Thursday, 13 October 2011. Posted in Carbon Footprint

Carbon Trust launches new service to verify company carbon footprints 


London, 12th October 2011: Today, the Carbon Trust launches Footprint Verification, a new service that will provide companies and organisations with independent verification of their corporate carbon footprints.

The service has been launched to help companies and organisations manage the increasing demand for robust carbon emissions data in CSR & annual reports and websites, as well as to support the disclosure of emissions to third party stakeholders, such as shareholders and investors. Using the new service, organisations can display a Footprint Verification logo, in conjunction with the carbon footprint data, showing that their emissions have been verified. The verified carbon footprint provided is compliant with both the internationally recognised GHG Protocol, as well as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Harry Morrison, Director, Carbon Trust Certification, says:

"With the prospect of mandatory carbon reporting on the horizon and increasing pressure from shareholders for carbon disclosure, more companies and organisations are seeking independent assurance that their carbon footprint has been measured robustly and accurately.  Most companies understand now that what you can’t measure, you can’t manage. And Footprint Verification is a key service for those wanting to build a robust foundation for their carbon management strategy."

The news follows new findings from the Carbon Trust that 50% of multinationals look set to select their suppliers based upon carbon performance in the future.

Harry Morrison added:

"The business case for measuring and reducing carbon emissions stretches beyond internal cost efficiency and improving environmental reputation. Effective carbon management also offers significant rewards for businesses seeking to secure their places on enterprise supply chains, which nowadays increasingly look to their suppliers to play an active role in cutting emissions."

The Aldersgate Group is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that aims to drive action for a sustainable economy.

Andrew Raingold, Executive Director, The Aldersgate Group, said:

"Businesses have been very vocal in pressing for mandatory carbon reporting to create a level playing field and drive greater transparency of their energy footprint. With a decision expected imminently, the development of verification is vitally important to ensure data is both robust and reliable."

The new Footprint Verification service comprises a two-stage process.  Firstly, a gap analysis is undertaken to understand whether there are omissions or discrepancies in footprint data.  If these arise, an organisation can address them before seeking full verification.  Secondly, the final footprint data is verified. 

Notes to editors:

About Carbon Trust Certification

Carbon Trust Certification offers both corporate and product certification services. Corporate services include certification, benchmarking, analysis, training and verification.

  • The Carbon Trust Footprint Verification service uses the measurement rules of the Carbon Trust Standard as the basis for the assessment.  These rules are built on the GHG Protocol and add additional guidance for UK-based organisations.
  • Organisations wishing to use the Carbon Trust Footprint Verification logo can only do so in conjunction with the verified carbon footprint data.
  • Carbon Trust Certification also offers certification to the Carbon Trust Standard.  The Standard is an objective benchmark against which to assess an organisation's commitment and success in addressing its climate change impact.  The Standard specifies requirements in three key areas:

    1. Carbon footprint measurement
    2. Carbon management
    3. Carbon reduction performance
  • Organisations wanting information about getting these services can call: 0800 019 1443 or visit, for details about product carbon footprinting, visit:

For further information or interviews on Carbon Trust Certification, please contact Amy Watt on 020 7592 1200 or

About the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies.  By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

We help to cut carbon emissions now by

  • Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon
  • Setting standards for carbon reduction

We reduce potential future carbon emissions by

  • Opening markets for low carbon technologies
  • Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies
  • Investing in early stage low carbon companies

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