How to calculate and reduce your company's carbon footprint?
Definition of carbon footprint
In order to enable you to measure your carbon footprint exhaustively, ADEME has defined a method known as the carbon footprint.
The carbon footprint to calculate your company's carbon footprint
What is the carbon footprint?
The carbon footprint is a method developed by ADEME, which it defines as “an assessment of the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted (or captured) into the atmosphere over a year by the activities of an organization or 'a territory".
The official name of the carbon footprint is the “balance sheet”, for greenhouse gases. Indeed, although carbon is part of most greenhouse gases, this assessment allows you to assess all of your emissions, even on less represented GHGs.
This method establishes a unique way for all companies to assess the carbon footprint. This allows:
- Compare yourself objectively to the market
- To have a comprehensive review to find areas for improvement
- To benefit from a single criterion to assess your compliance with legal standards
The calculation of the carbon footprint to compare objectively with the market
A comprehensive review of your carbon footprint
A single criterion for the legal assessment of the carbon footprint
How to set up the carbon footprint to calculate the carbon footprint?
This is where Dametis comes in. Thanks to our software, you will save time and be more precise on your carbon footprint. Our technicians can also use their expertise to assess your company's GHG emissions and give you peace of mind with the certainty of an exact carbon footprint.
Identify ways to reduce your company's carbon footprint
Identify reduction possibilities, anticipate the future
Once your carbon footprint has been calculated, how do you use it? The first thing is to assess which of your poles produce the most greenhouse gases, and to check whether:
- It's more than you anticipated
- The attribution of the carbon footprint share seems logical to you
- You can earn on some of them
Indeed, in a production plant, you may estimate that your main source of GHGs will be the use of the Plant's machines. In some cases, a more efficient maintenance solution, or, in other cases, the modernization of your installation will allow you to improve your energy efficiency. Energy efficiency can be maintaining your production by reducing your consumption or increasing your production at the same consumption. In particular, the State offers aid to facilitate the ecological work of companies.
If the production of a pole surprises you, it will be necessary to understand the reason for its place in your GHG assessment, and, if necessary, to find alternatives.
For example, if the storage room in which you collect raw materials ten times a day is 15 km from your company, the journeys will impact your carbon footprint. Perhaps it will be more profitable to invest in premises near your place of production for all or part of your raw materials.
Dametis experts support you, on simple cases, as well as more complex optimization cases.
Implement carbon offsetting measures
These measures include, in particular, reforestation, the installation of solar panels intended for use outside the company, or the support of other environmental projects.