Carbon Footprint Measurement
Our carbon footprint measurement service will enable you to understand, quantify, and manage your organisation's greenhouse gas emissions.
Comply Direct use the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol when calculating carbon footprints - the most widely used international accounting tool, it enables UK organisations to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon footprint calculations typically include oil and gas tonnages consumed on-site, an organisation’s vehicle use, electricity use, employee travel and data on any other sort of emissions relevant to an organisation.
For more information about calculating your carbon footprint, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our carbon experts.
Carbon Reduction Strategy
Through our carbon reduction strategy service we agree realistic targets for your business to reduce carbon and save money.
Comply Direct produce cost-based scenarios (following on-site energy surveys) to illustrate what a specified carbon emissions reduction target might look like in terms of:
- operational efficiency (reduction in overhead spend)
- return on investment in improved technology
- return on investment in renewable energy
- investment in carbon offsetting schemes
We facilitate support for a company's employees on the carbon reduction strategy and carbon saving initiatives.
At the request of a company, we can also create collateral to support employee engagement programmes focused specifically around carbon efficiency.
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Net Zero Service
In June 2019, the UK Government committed to bring the UK’s Greenhouse Gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050. A number of other organisations have now made this pledge with the aim to be leaders in driving the changes required to meet this target.
We will work with you to plan the reduction of your carbon emissions, ensuring that only unavoidable emissions are offset. Net Zero emissions means reducing emissions as much as possible whilst acknowledging that where greenhouse gas emissions still occur, they must be offset entirely through carbon capture or storage.
We often get asked what is the difference between Net Zero and Carbon Neutral. Carbon neutrality allows you to use any carbon offsets, whereas Net Zero requires reduction offsets such as tree planting or similar to offset rather than avoidance offsets like clean cookstoves projects.
Comply Direct can support companies with their Carbon Footprint and emissions reduction strategy working towards a Net Zero plan identifying and delivering good carbon offsets for your business.
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Provision of carbon offset packages that are both environmentally sustainable and support carbon emissions reduction.
Comply Direct’s expert carbon management service has allowed us to create viable Carbon Offset packages that are both environmentally sustainable and support carbon emissions reduction.
Carbon offsets offer reliable and immediate support to ensure that an organisation meets its carbon emissions reduction commitments and can ultimately help an organisation become carbon neutral.
Comply Direct support a number of verified carbon offset projects including renewable energy and natural resource conservation. Offsets enable your organisation to meet carbon reduction targets and support your own carbon reduction plan.
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Certain organisations in energy-intensive industry sectors may be eligible for a Climate Change Agreement (CCA). CCA’s are voluntary agreements made by organisations to reduce their energy consumption in return for a discounted rate of CCL. Holders of an agreement can claim a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL). From April 2019, the discount for electricity will increase from 90% to 93% while the discount for gas will increase from 65% to 78%.
What are the benefits?
Holders of an agreement can claim a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL). From April 2019, the rate of Climate Change Levy (CCL) applied to energy purchased by businesses will increase dramatically (49% for electricity and 71% for natural gas). This could be particularly costly for energy-intensive organisations that do not have a Climate Change Agreement. In line with the increase in CCL from April 2019, the discount for electricity will increase from 90% to 93% while the discount for gas will increase from 65% to 78%.
What are the eligibility criteria for a CCA?
You must be undertaking an eligible process - these are energy intensive processes (please see full list below)
70% or more of the site’s energy must be consumed within the energy-intensive installation. This must be formally calculated and documented using sub-meters or engineering calculations.
- Wall Coverings
- Agricultural Supply
- Nonferrous Metals
- Data Centres
- Mineral Wool
- Food & Drink
- Calcium Carbonate
- Compressed Gasses
- Egg Processing
- Cold storage
- Packaging & Industrial Films
- Surface Engineering
- Heat Treatment of Metals
- Metal Forming
- Wood Panels
- Kaolin % Ball Clay
- Metal Packaging
- Slag Grinding
- Motor Manufacturing
How soon do I need to act?
The Environment Agency has confirmed that new applications for Climate Change Agreements will be accepted in 2020. Changes to the rates of relief companies with a CCA can receive on their Climate Change Levy Rates also means that some businesses could see added benefit from obtaining a CCA. The deadline for applications is November 2020 so its important to start the process now.
Following a consultation in early 2020, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has extended the CCA scheme for two years, until March 2025. This means there will be a new fifth target period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. Eligibility criteria are not changing.
How can we help?
It is up to each participant to ensure that their CCA evidence pack and scheme obligations are properly managed and would stand up to audit.
Comply Direct and our partners can help companies with obtaining and managing their CCA.
The ISO 50001 standard provides organisations with a framework to manage their energy more effectively in order to help reduce energy and save costs whilst meeting environmental requirements.
The standard assures certification under ISO following full implementation of an energy management system.
Through implementation of best practice energy management achieving ISO 50001 status you will:
- Reduce GHG emissions and carbon footprint
- Reduce energy consumption
- Increase energy cost savings
- Improve resource efficiencies through better management of equipment
- More control of energy supply and better understanding of risks
- Improve energy awareness amongst employees
- Improve environmental credentials and relationships with stakeholders
- Improved operational efficiencies
Energy is a rising cost for most businesses and having a best practice Energy Management system in place makes good as well as 'green' business sense.
For businesses committed to reducing their impact in Climate Change, being certified to the ISO 50001 standard is a verified way to achieve this.
ISO 50001 provides an alternative route for compliance with ESOS. The Phase 2 deadline for ESOS compliance was 5 December 2019. Contact our team to discuss the option of ISO 50001 as a route to ESOS compliance; this is especially urgent if your company needed to be compliant but has missed the deadline.
Comply Direct are experts in managing compliance including the standard set out by ISO 50001:2011 and will support you in becoming certified as well as developing a realistic and achievable plan for your business to achieve this status. We will also assist with drafting a carbon governance strategy that will join with the ISO 50001 system.