On 1st October 2013 The Greenhouse Emissions (Directors Reports) Regulations 2013 will come into force. All UK listed companies will be required to report their annual greenhouse gas emissions in their Director’s Reports. Companies should already be calculating their organisational carbon footprint and may have experienced some data gathering issues.
Scope 1 and 2 emissions are required to be reported on, which include:
- Gas and electricity consumption
- Company vehicle mileage
- AC and refrigerants
One of the first, and perhaps the most important, things to confirm is the structure of the company and its subsidiaries. From my experience, it can sometimes be difficult to get a clear grasp of the ownership of subsidiaries and joint ventures; therefore, it is vital these are identified prior to the data gathering stage.
It can also be difficult to gather data from operations overseas as it may prove tricky to convey what type of data is required and why it is needed. In many cases I have found that these sites become suspicious when data is requested, as they think they are being audited. Similarly, shared ownership in a managed building can pose additional problems as meters and bills are also shared. This makes it difficult to gather data for just for the space that your company occupies.
In addition, collecting data in a correct and usable format can be challenging due to uncertainty around what units the data is required to be reported in; therefore, having a dedicated team or person to gather the data is essential.
Do these issues sound familiar? If so, we want to hear about any challenges you have faced when calculating your organisational carbon footprint?