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Weekly Blog - Do you understand your Carbon Emissions?

Do you understand your carbon emissions? 

As more and more companies realise the importance of reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change, they are actively seeking ways to measure and manage their carbon footprint. That's where Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) comes in - it's a popular framework that helps businesses understand their emissions, identify trends in energy consumption and make comparisons against previous years, their competitors, or other similarly sized organisations. 

What is SECR?

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is a UK government standard that requires large organisations to report their energy use, carbon emissions, and energy efficiency measures in their annual reports. Although only some businesses are obligated to report, since its introduction in 2019, many small to medium-sized businesses have used SECR to measure their carbon footprint and promote the great work they are doing on the sustainability front.

SECR requires businesses to measure direct emissions from the burning of fuels on site, indirect emissions from electricity generation, and other indirect emissions arising from business travel. There are so many other categories of emissions that are not captured by SECR, but at Here’s The Plan, we know it is important for companies to understand as much of their carbon footprint as possible. With this in mind, we have developed reporting models to measure the greenhouse gas effect of waste, product distribution, employee commuting and more. We also offer a reduced reporting service, SECR Lite for those SMEs who want to make a start but on an easier, more manageable scale.

How can we help with SECR compliance?

At Here’s The Plan we offer a range of services to help your organisation comply with SECR. Our team can help you with:

  1. Understanding your obligation: We offer an initial consultation to determine whether you must comply with SECR, or if you are reporting voluntarily. After this, we can tailor your report to your needs, highlighting areas of interest for you.

  1. Data collection: We can assist you in collecting the data required for SECR compliance, including energy consumption, emissions, and other relevant data.

  1. Reporting: Our team will prepare the SECR report for you, ensuring that it meets the government's reporting requirements.

  1. Carbon reduction strategy: We can help you develop a carbon reduction strategy that aligns with your organisation's goals and objectives, helping you reduce your carbon footprint over time.

  1. Energy efficiency measures: We can work with you to identify energy efficiency measures that can help reduce your energy consumption and carbon emissions, saving you money on energy bills in the long run and improving your SECR emissions year-on-year.

Whether you are a large business that doesn’t know where to start with your obligation, or an SME wanting to better understand your carbon emissions, Here’s The Plan can provide a comprehensive report for you, complete with your choice of intensity metrics so you can measure your emissions per member of staff, tonne of product, or anything specific to your business.

To find out more about your SECR compliance, please get in touch today.

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