Free CO2-dashboard for your CO2-footprint

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A sustainable organisation: it starts with a CO2-footprint. To help you get started we offer our free CO2-dashboard. With this dashboard you can monitor your emissions until 2030. 

Companies are an important stakeholder in the climate debate. If you don’t know where to start, a CO2-footprint is a good starting point. A company CO2-footprint highlights the processes in your organization that contribute most to your environmental impact. This insight can provide you with guidance for your company’s sustainability strategy.

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The CO2-footprint with the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) protocol

The GHG-protocol provides the standard for both the public and the private sector on measuring greenhouse gasses. Through its standards, it creates a level playing field for sustainability certifications and reporting systems. Moreover companies get insight into their CO2-footprint and it creates a collective understanding of the problem. Moreover, it allows companies to critically think about effective actions that should be taken to fight these emissions. 

When a company understands its emissions and has taken steps to reduce these, it enables the company to make environmental claims towards stakeholders. The GHG-protocol was established through a partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Business Council for Sustainable Development (WCSD). The GHG divides company emissions into 3 scopes.

 

Direct and indirect emissions in your CO2-footprint

 

In order to calculate the CO2-footprint of your company, direct and indirect emission sources should be considered. The GHG-protocol provides the standard for measuring greenhouse gases at the company level. The GHG-protocol divides company emissions into 3 scopes: scope 1, 2 and 3.

(see box 1 for an example). 

Box 1: Example Scope 1 en 2 emissions

Erinaceus is a marketing company with 4 employees. They have a small office and all employees use a middle-sized leased car (diesel).

  • Erinaceus has a standard non-renewable energy contract.
  • The office uses 1.500 m3 of natural gas per year for space heating.
  • The electricity use of the offices is 3.000 kWh per year.
  • Employees drive an average of 7.500 business kilometers per year.


Scope 1 emissions

Natural gas: 1,884 (kg CO2-eq per m3) * 1.500 (m3) = 2,826 ton CO2-eq
Leased cars:  0,176 (kg CO2-eq per km) * 7.500 (km) * 4 = 5,280 ton CO2-eq

Scope 2 emissions
Electricity: 0,556 (kg CO2-eq per kWh) * 3.000 (kWh) = 1,668 ton CO2-eq

Total Scope 1 en 2 emissions
9,774 ton CO2-eq emissions per year

GHG scope 1

Scope 1 includes all direct emissions within a company. This concerns the emissions released by your own building, transport and production-related activities. These are emissions that are released directly, through the combustion of, for example, natural gas, diesel or petrol.

Scope 2 and 3 are indirect emissions. Scope 2 includes emissions caused by the generation of purchased electricity. The emissions that have occurred upstream in the chain due to the generation of this electricity are thus allocated to the company emissions.

GHG scope 2
GHG scope 3

Scope 3 looks at all other indirect emissions, such as the upstream emissions from the production and transport of purchased materials. Emissions that occur downstream, for example from transport to users, the use phase and waste processing are also included. In this way you calculate the total CO2-footprint of your company.

Scope 1 & 2 versus scope 3 in your CO2-footprint

Collecting data and calculating your CO2-footprint within scope 1 and scope 2 is relatively easy. Within a program such as the CO2-prestatieladder, companies are also encouraged to monitor these scopes themselves. From scope 3 it is often more efficient to hire an expert. Moreover, you will also see that for all organisations scope 1 and 2 are only the tip of the iceberg in their CO2-footprint. Indirect emissions in the supply chain are many times higher. Nevertheless, it is wise to start today with scope 1 and 2. These are easier to reduce and the payback time is often very short too! 

Let's get to work with your CO2-footprint!

Do you want to start mapping the CO2-footprint of your company? We have developed a CO2 dashboard to support companies in their sustainability strategy. This allows companies to calculate and monitor their scope 1 and 2 emissions themselves. Curious about this CO2 dashboard? Then click on the button below! Do you want to go beyond scope 1 and 2, and also map the scope 3 emissions of your company? Hedgehog Company can help you with that, contact us here.