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Tracking progress, measuring impact
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Top tips? Advice on what not to do? Where is your organisation up to with thinking on this?
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We discussed on the session the best ways to get started - measuring your carbon footprint has to be the first step and the basics can be pretty straightforward. You can't manage what you don't measure! We talk about carbon emissions in terms of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions:
Scope 1 - is direct emissions from fuel you burn yourself - things like gas boilers in your buildings, petrol in your fleet vehicles
Scope 2 - covers indirect emissions from energy that you buy - e.g. purchased electricity or heat
Scope 3 - all other indirect emissions - this can be huge and includes business travel, employee commuting, procurement, waste, water, product use and end of life etc

Most companies, especially SMEs, only measure scopes 1 & 2, and you can get all the information you need for this from your energy and fuel bills. You can then put that info into a carbon footprint calculator like this: https://www.carbontrust.com/resources/sm...calculator
Scope 3 is the largest source of emissions for most companies, but is also hardest to measure. The best way to start is to think about the biggest and most significant sources of scope 3 emissions - for us at PwC, it's business travel - and start measuring those first.

We discussed how difficult it can be for small enterprises with a lot of locations to pull together all this data. It might be worth paying a consultant to help you - there are many small consultancies which will be able to help you measure your carbon emissions and take action to reduce them, and they will be able to recommend energy efficiency investments and calculate how much money they could save you. Local authorities have been known to run schemes where they cover carbon footprinting costs for SMEs, so check with your council if any support is available.

Here are some lessons we have learned about tracking our progress, which might be useful for your journey: https://www.pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/corpora...earned.pdf
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