How to support your clients carbon reporting requirements
Carbon reporting is something many businesses across the UK are required to do to support the UK government’s target of reducing emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.
This is something energy management clients will also need to comply with, but this is a chance for energy managers, to turn what seems like a complex and tedious task into an opportunity to reduce costs and improve their clients reputation.
The benefits of carbon reporting
Many businesses already comply with carbon reporting such as the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme which came into force in 2019, affecting around 11,900 large companies. Alongside mandatory climate-related disclosures aligned with the Task Force on Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), that the largest UK-registered companies and financial institutions will report on from April 2022.
Aside from these being a legal requirement, there are many benefits to carbon reporting. Businesses that have been quick to adapt and report on their emissions were able to save thousands in costs from increasing their carbon efficiency and significantly reduce operational costs.
Did you know that SystemsLink can also facilitate the purchase of carbon offsets through established commercial relationships within our group?
Commitment to reducing environmental impact can also improve a businesses brand reputation as well as developing stakeholder relationships by demonstrating this value to partners and investors. It can also help retain and attract talent in a highly competitive market as more people care that who they work for is doing their part in taking care of the environment.
So, how can energy managers help their clients with carbon reporting?
How energy consultants can support their clients with carbon reporting requirements
Energy consultants should first begin by collaborating with their clients to gain transparency on emissions across their business, create effective reduction strategies and monitor the progress. This can be broken down into four steps:
- Analyse carbon footprint
- Reduce and avoid emissions
- Offset unavoidable emissions
- Communicate progress and achievements
A large part of being able to support clients with this begins at energy management software and reporting. Energy management software is essential to accurately monitor, analyse, and target energy usage and spend. Gaining an understanding of where you clients energy requirements and carbon emissions lay, creates a foundation to begin working from.
From there energy managers will want to investigate into their clients carbon emissions, which can be supported by a Carbon Intensity Report. This provides a real time UK Generation Mix Carbon Intensity information which is updated every half hour. This can help to increase client engagement and provide a 5-day forecast to help them plan ahead.
There are many tools at an energy managers disposal to support them in helping their clients with their carbon reporting requirements and with expert advice from one of the UK’s leading cost-effective energy management software company, SystemsLink.
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