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Carbon Footprint Mapping

Carbon analysis and management strategies are a key component of sustainability initiatives, particularly as the manufacturing sector comes under more rigorous scrutiny. Regardless of your industry an analysis of your carbon emissions in aggregate can be eye-opening experiences that will help your organization uncover areas of efficiency and cost-savings from energy use to air travel and commuting. As with all projects we engage in we believe the underlying importance is that of measurement and verification. Analysis creates a baseline to benchmark your future performance. Paired with a carbon management strategy you will have a comprehensive outlook that will set future goals, help navigate legislation, assess the carbon market revenue opportunities and mitigate risk. The benefits of a carbon analysis and management strategy return in the form of cost-savings in energy, cleaner technologies, new revenue opportunities, preparation for regulation and enhancing your reputation in the industry.

Ab Initio conducts carbon footprint analysis using the following information:

  • Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions (direct emissions includes things such as pollution from manufacturing, company owned vehicles and reimbursed travel, livestock and basically anything that is directly controlled by the owner)
  • Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam (essentially all emissions that result from the use or purchase of a product)
  • Scope 3: Other indirect emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity, electricity-related activities (e.g. T&D losses) not covered in Scope 2, outsourced activities, waste disposal, etc.

Typical documents in a Carbon Footprint Analysis include:

  • An initial Green House Gas Inventory
  • A report presented to your team detailing the company‚Äôs direct and indirect carbon emissions by source. It will also discuss potential energy efficiency/GHG legislative proposals that could potentially affect the company.
  • Reporting to relevant organizations (i.e. Carbon Disclosure Project, etc.)