Carbon Accounting & Footprints

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Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Carbon and energy has grown in importance, particularly since the first Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) in 2001, the EU ETS scheme in 2004/5 and, most recently, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).

It is also a cornerstone of good energy management – if you can’t measure it, you can’t control it.

Paul has a considerable experience in this area, from CCA auditing, Carbon Trust Standards (CTS) work, etc as well as working directly with Organisations that are knowledge or resource stretched, helping short-cut what could otherwise be a long learning curve.

More recently, Organization need to meet National or International environmental legislation reporting, such as EU ETS, UK’s CCA, Law 261 (Russia), etc. All these require robust, auditable energy, production/ activity and CO2 emission data. In effect, one needs a good “carbon accountant”. Auditable energy, production/ activity and CO2 emission data are also pre-requisites of good energy management. They are needed for CTS accreditation, ISO14001 (Environmental Management) and, more recently, ISO50001 (Energy Management).

Recognizing the growing interest in international standards, Paul recently undertook and passed a 1-week intensive training on ISO50001 Lead-Auditor, run by BSI.

Energy and Carbon footprints are equally important for other aspects of our work:

  1. International activities
  2. National and Regional Energy Balances and databases, or
  3. Energy-from-Waste analyses.

In a nutshell: if you’re going to do it, do it properly and the information generated can be used for numerous reporting requirements, achieving recognised international standards, as well as providing a solid foundation for good business management and control.

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