Carbon, Net-Zero & SECR

Carbon Management

As regulations and stakeholder interest increases, organisations are looking to establish their performance on carbon emissions. Our experience in these fields is extensive, having worked for many years with energy companies, the Carbon Trust, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and high energy-using businesses. 

We have carried out many energy audits related to both processes and buildings, helping you identify how energy relates to carbon emissions and developing carbon management plans/systems that can form the basis of your Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting, PAS 2060 carbon neutrality goals, or net-zero emission ambitions. 

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Carbon Management Reporting

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)

SECR has been introduced in the UK by changes to the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations SI 2018/1155. It came into force on 1st April 2019 and is part of the UK government’s ongoing commitment “to help businesses to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.”

Approximately 11,900 organisations will need to report on their energy use and carbon emissions at the end of their financial year – these include all quoted companies, large unquoted companies and limited liability partnerships (LLP). The definition of ‘large’ is the same as in Companies Act 2006. The company must satisfy two of the following conditions:

1. More than 250 employees;
2. Have an annual turnover £36 million or more;
3. Have a balance sheet £18 million or more.
Large companies which use less than 40 000 kWh in a year can opt out.

If you meet the criteria you will need to comply.  We are already helping companies organise their data collection processes and draft their first Energy and Carbon Report.  If you would like any advice on your report, please get in touch.

For more information, please see our blog Emma Explains Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

Carbon Neutral vs Net-Zero Emissions

Lots of organisations are now setting carbon targets in response to Scientists illustrating that net-zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is the only way to limit the rise in global temperatures to below 2ºC. But what does this mean in practise?

Choosing your carbon reduction targets can be challenging. Every organisation needs to start with understanding what their carbon emissions are now – what data is easy to get, what will be harder; what activities do you want to tackle first (buildings, supply chain, products); and what is already happening in your sector around decarbonisation i.e. baseline, boundaries and benchmark. We can help you determine these starting points in order to set meaningful targets, short and long term, to ultimately get you to either a carbon neutral or a net-zero emissions target or both.

Net-Zero means getting as close to zero greenhouse gas emissions as possible and removing the rest from the atmosphere i.e. what is still being emitted must be removed to balance at zero.
Carbon Neutral does not remove the remaining emissions, instead the remaining emissions are turned into carbon credits, invested in projects that avoid those carbon emissions e.g. renewable energy projects avoid emissions that would have taken place if the monies had been invested in non-renewable energy projects – someone else avoids emitting carbon so that you can continue to emit it, making your organisation neutral.

Most organisations will reach a carbon neutral target as a milestone towards having net-zero emissions – and you don’t need to know every step of how to get there at the start. Just start, and we can show you how.

Talk to us about integrating your decarbonisation targets to a wider Sustainability Strategy.

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