Client Alert – Understanding Your Facility’s Carbon Footprint

A growing number of stakeholders and consumers are requesting companies’ environmental impact data. Industries are seeing a shift to the “conscious consumer” not only caring about the quality of their product, but also caring about the environmental and social practices of the company. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently passed a climate disclosure proposal that would require public companies to report their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. EHS Support can help you determine your facility’s baseline GHG emissions and develop an emission reduction plan, keeping your company in compliance and prepared for the future.

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSONS

Greenhouse gas emissions are one of the largest contributors to climate change, trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary GHG emitted from the combustion of fossil fuels, making measuring CO2 tons a great way to quantify your facility’s emissions. Quantifying your facility’s GHG emissions is a great start to understanding your climate impact.

EHS Support understands that starting the process of quantifying your facility’s emissions can be daunting—let us help! We can help quantify not only your direct emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) but also your indirect value chain emissions (Scope 3). After benchmarking your facility’s baseline emissions, facilities can begin to set science-based targets such as net-zero standards and plans to limit global warming to well-below 2°C. EHS Support works with you to develop GHG reduction plans that align both with your business’s financial priorities and sustainability goals. Examples of specific approaches companies can use include:

  • Energy Efficiency Plans – focused on reducing the amount of energy used per unit of production
  • Energy Conservation Plans – optimize transportation routes to minimize total distance traveled, capitalize on energy reduction savings
  • Renewable Energy Usage Plan – including a transition to natural gas from onsite fuel, purchasing renewable energy, or considering solar installation
  • Climate-Smart Supply Chain Projects – encouraging practices across all ends of the facility to reduce emissions
  • Requesting Environmental Impact Assessments from Suppliers

EHS Support can help you:

  • Identify sources of GHG emissions
  • Quantify emissions (Scope 1-3)
  • Develop a reduction strategy
  • Set science-based targets
  • Complete climate disclosure reporting

Evaluating the Supply Chain (Scope 3)

Using a variety of approaches and tools, we help your organization understand, influence, and disclose the GHG emission footprint of your supply chain.

Materiality: We provide a variety of services designed to help you identify the most relevant GHG emission saving projects, collect and verify relevant data, and provide meaningful reports to stakeholders.

Screening: We have developed a library of ESG supplier surveys and other tools to help your organization engage suppliers, screen, and prioritize the supply chain for GHG emission risks and opportunities.

Strong financial growth goes hand-in-hand with sustainable environmental practices.

ADVANTAGES

  • Increase company’s awareness and resilience to climate change and changing regulations
  • Tax incentives
  • Identification of new investment or business opportunities
  • Improve reputation
  • Significant Growth in SolarElectrical generation by solar photovoltaic (PV) over the next five years is expected to double; by 2050, it’s expected to be 10x higher than present. Your company can capitalize on this national trend in your GHG reduction plans.
  • Leverage existing GHG savingsYour company may already purchase a significant amount of renewable energy from your local utility without even knowing it. EHS Support can help you highlight your company’s existing environmental stewardship.

To learn more or to discuss your Greenhouse Gas Emission related needs, please contact:
Bruce Martin or Liz Hoerning

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