The Carbon Footprint of Organization is the totality of greenhouse gases emitted, by direct or indirect effect, through the activity that said organization develops.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Environment MAGRAMA has created the public registry of carbon footprint of voluntary and gratuitous character.
To record the carbon footprint, the carbon footprint of the organization must be calculated according to some of the international regulations.
Organization Carbon Footprint: Performance
The calculation of the Organization Carbon Footprint is based on the product of the parameter that defines the level of activity that generates greenhouse gas emissions by the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by each unit of the parameter issue.
For example, if the parameter is the natural gas used in heating, the emission factor of the natural gas is 0.201 Kg CO2 eq / kWh.
In order to do this, it is necessary to know the consumption data of electricity and fossil fuels (scope 1 + 2) of the organization for a given year, as well as their corresponding emission factors.
In addition, you could include other indirect emissions (scope 3) such as work trips with external means, outsourced services like waste management, etc.
Scope 1: Direct emissions.
Scope 2: Indirect emissions due to electricity consumption.
Scope 3: Other indirect emissions.
Once you know how much and where it is emitted, reflect on the points where to act to reduce the emissions and make a plan of reduction with the measures that it is anticipated to carry out.
Once you have done this, you can choose to certify your carbon footprint.
You can also offset your emissions or part of them, choosing a national absorption plan among those registered in the registry:
- CO2 reduction agroforestry projects.
Finally, you can reduce your carbon footprint. When you have registered 4 years, you will evaluate the trend of the emissions of the organization, and if you calculate, reduce and compensate in a year, you can get the complete seal.
Therefore, there are three types of stamps created by the Spanish Office of Climate Change (OECC) depending on whether you have calculated, reduced or offset the organization’s carbon footprint.
The calculation of the Carbon Footprint of Organization brings with it multiple benefits, since with the obtaining of the official seal it establishes a commitment with the sustainability and fight against the climatic change. The name of your organization will appear on the public list of the ministry through the OECC. Investments made to comply with the reduction plan will benefit from tax incentives. And also, the measures taken to reduce emissions can mean the reduction of costs in the organization.