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Calculating your emissions with our Insights carbon calculator 

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The effects of human greenhouse gas emissions can be felt in real-time across the globe. If you want your business to take climate action in your business, the first step should be looking to see where your emissions come from. Being able to calculate an accurate carbon footprint across Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions will allow you to identify where you can make the most impact. In this blog post, we show how you can quickly and easily calculate your emissions with our carbon calculator tool, Insights. It’s perfect for small businesses and those just getting started on their sustainability journey.

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Chloe Davis

Understanding carbon accounting

Carbon accounting refers to the process of calculating the quantity of greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by an organisation, either directly or indirectly. All greenhouse gases are given a carbon dioxide equivalent value, depending on their ‘global warming potential’. This creates a standardised comparable unit of CO2e of emissions attributed to the organisation. Scope 1 (direct), Scope 2 (indirect) and Scope 3 (indirect within the value chain) emissions make up the total figure. Take a look at our infographic below for a refresher.  

Where scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions lie in a companies activity

Scope 3 emissions can be trickier to calculate but often make up the biggest portion of an organisation’s footprint. Luckily, our Insights calculator makes it easy to measure Scope 3 by including categories such as purchased goods and business travel. For more tips on getting started with your Scope 3 emissions, read our Q&A with Sustainability Data Consultant Sam Eager here. 

So,what is a carbon calculator? 

A carbon calculator is a tool that works out the amount of GHG emissions that your company emits within a given period. You input data about activities such as electricity consumption and commuting. The calculator will then use emission factors (e.g. the DEFRA emission factors) to relate the quantity of the activity to the equivalent quantity of carbon emissions. This means you can see exactly which activities are the most carbon-intensive, and where most of your emissions come from. Being able to identify major sources of GHGs allows you to tailor your sustainability strategy and initiatives to effectively reduce your emissions. Knowledge is power, and having all your emissions data readily available will allow you to maximise your impact. 

How does our carbon calculator tool work? 

Our carbon calculator Insights is an Excel-based tool with everything built in to allow you to easily measure your emissions. Once you’ve collected the raw data (with our handy guide), you can just plug it straight in and Insights does the rest. It’s not overcomplicated and doesn’t require lengthy training. Plus, the generated visuals and dashboards mean you can get straight to reporting. Look at our Introduction to Insights pack here. 

Need support? 

Here’s the tool, and now off you go… If that would leave you feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone! Calculating the carbon footprint of your organisation can feel like a big task. That’s why with Insights, you’ll get a configuration workshop to customise Insights to your specific needs. You’ll also receive instructional videos, clear methodologies and guidance documents to set you up for best-practice reporting, as well as an hour of user support from one of our experts. It’s the reason our customers love working with Insights: 

“The team at Sustainit were incredible at helping us implement the tracker and actually guiding us on how to get the most out of it. This has led to, and will continue to drive, more sustainable choices at Apogee, making us more efficient, effective and environmentally friendly.” – Ben Hewitt, Finance Director, Apogee 

By taking the initiative to measure and understand your carbon footprint, you’re already a step closer to making a positive impact on the environment. Not only is this a moral imperative, but increasingly stringent regulation means even SMEs will be required to report their emissions. 2024 is the year to take proactive steps and be a leader in the shift to a more sustainable world. 

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