'What gets measured gets managed'. Having successfully measured your carbon emissions using the Carbon Dashboard it's time to get to grips with carbon management.
The Carbon Saver Standard™ sets out a series of qualitative criteria to show that an organisation is acting effectively to respond to climate change and manage its carbon emissions.
- Policy: Does your organisation have a low-carbon/energy policy?
- Governance/Responsibility: Does a Board Committee or other executive body has overall responsibility for climate change matters? Does somebody have day-to-day responsibility for carbon/energy management?
- Reporting: Are emissions and reduction performance communicated to relevant stakeholders?
- Accounting process: Are there procedures for preparing, quality checking and documenting an accurate carbon footprint?
- Monitoring: Does the organisation have systematic procedures for actively monitoring and controlling energy and fuel consumption throughout the year?
- Targets: Does the organisation have a carbon/energy reduction target(s)?
- Reduction programmes: Does the organisation have programmes or quality control mechanisms in place to ensure that the operating procedures of all sites, vehicles and equipment minimises the carbon impact?
- Investments: Have capital investments to reduce the carbon impact been made over the last 4 years? Are there plans for further investment?
- Training: Are there awareness programmes for all staff and appropriate training for those with responsibility for carbon emissions?
- Products & services: Are there programs are in place to reduce the life cycle carbon impacts of the organisation’s products and services and/or influence other organisations, eg. customers, suppliers, etc?
- Site visit: Based on a site visit, does the organisation display good
Quality Assessment will be made based on the strength of evidence and site visits as required. Assessment will take into account the size of the organisation and length of time the organisation has been certified against the Carbon Saver Standard. Please see examples below.
Example A - Small organisation
A small organisation with less than £50k energy bill and in its first year of certification is likely to have less sophisticated carbon management practices than an experienced multinational. It is important to assess organisations based upon their size and the potential resources they could deploy for carbon management activities.
- The person responsible for climate change matters may be the owner/proprietor of the business rather than a dedicated full time professional
- Carbon data systems may be a simple spreadsheets
- Investment may be limited to low capital items
- Training may be on the job, rather than a structured classroom based programme, and behaviour change focused
Example B - Large organisation
A large organisation with an energy bill running into £ millions should have sophisticated carbon management practices. Again, it is important to assess organisations based upon their size and the potential resources they could deploy for carbon management activities.
- A main board member should be responsible for climate change matters. They should be supported by a dedicated team of environmental/carbon professionals
- Carbon data systems should be sophisticated and may be integrated into ERP systems (eg. SAP, Oracle, etc.)
- Investment may include big capital projects and renewable energy
- Training should be integrated through the career of employees, ie. starting with induction and continuing with CPD