Faced with the imperative need to reduce by half the annual emissions before 2030, there is a public pressure growing to governments and businesses to take care of your carbon footprint and implement improvements to reduce it
why calculate the carbon footprint of your organization?
Either to improve the image, for pressures in the legislation, on the economic benefits associated or by a real concern for the climate crisis, the reasons for calculating the carbon footprint are abundant.
We selected the sources of emissions are included in the calculation, according to the Scope 1 (fuel use in vehicles or machinery of the company), Scope 2 (power consumption) and the Scope 3 (other indirect emissions).
The organization has to gather all of the light bills, gas consumption and fuel of the year of calculation. If you decide to include Scope 3, the collection will be somewhat more complex.
From the procurement of the emission factors appropriate, are applicable to the calculation of the carbon footprint of the organization by getting a final figure and an emissions inventory.
Objectives and actions for improvement
We establish a reduction Plan with concrete goals of reduction, a description of the actions to be performed in the following years. It is not mandatory to comply with the Plan to get the stamp, but it is a roadmap that accelerates the process of descarbonozación.
Once drafted the Report of the carbon Footprint, is presented to an external entity, if you want to verify; and with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, thus obtaining the official seal.
what are the benefits to my business?
How does the seal of the Ministry?
El sello del MITECO ofrece la posibilidad de mostrar el progreso de la empresa, activando diferentes partes del logo según sus logros.
Una organización que calcule su huella y disponga de un plan de reducción per todavía no haya reducido sus emisiones, únicamente tendrá activada la parte de “Calculation” en el sello.
Pero si la organización presenta una evolución con tendencia a la baja de sus emisiones, recibirá un sello donde se verá activada la parte de “I thin".
Además, la empresa puede optar a compensar una parte de sus emisiones participando en los Proyectos de absorción avalados por el Ministerio. Estos proyectos consisten en plantaciones forestales realizadas con el fin de capturar carbono de la atmósfera y mejorar la calidad ambiental del entorno. La participación en alguno de estos proyectos se traduce la activación de la parte de «Compenso» en el sello del MITECO
In what cases must be verified by the calculation by a certifying entity?
- If emissions of process significant and there is a calculator sectoral recognized by the Ministry (currently, there is only one for farms).
- If you include scope 3 (indirect emissions).
- If the organization is not SMES, or NGOS, or Public Administration.
How can I calculate the carbon footprint for my account?
The answer completely depends on two aspects: the size of the organization and the scope of the calculation. When it comes to a small organization, without processes industrial complex and the calculation does not go beyond the Scope 1 and 2, you can do it perfectly the calculation independently and choose to have the seal. The Ministry offers several guidelines to perform the calculation. The company should simply follow the steps and recommendations, but you must also be willing to invest time.
But if the organization is of a considerable size, and has industrial processes are complex, you might want to count with the external support of a consultant to perform the calculation correctly, set objectives, and actions appropriate and drafting the report.
Similarly, if the organization's wide Scope 3 calculation, it is interesting to count on outside help, as the methods of data collection may be more complex, and the need to consult with and obtain the emission factors necessary for the calculation.
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