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Carbon footprints: What is it?

  • Carbon footprint
  • Methodology
  • Measurement

A baseline measurement of an organisation’s emissions is an essential first step, identifying the state of affairs and where the biggest sources emissions for the organisation lie. 

Why a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint report makes it possible to assess the dependency and vulnerability of an organisation with regards to carbon, in order to instigate a reflection on its development strategy. The main objective of a GHG assessment is to give a global overview of an activity with an indicator that is not economic (CHF or Euros), but climatic (greenhouse gas emissions expressed in tonnes of CO2e). 

The benefits of a carbon footprint

The benefits are multiple. With the help of a carbon footprint, our partners are able to:

  • Structure their environmental policy

  • Identify actions to reduce energy costs and overall impact

  • Assess their vulnerabilities

  • Stand out as an example

  • Engage with their employees and partners

Our methodology for carbon footprint reports

The carbon footprint reports carried out by the Climate Action Accelerator use a methodology that complies with the international standard on the matter (ISO 14064) and follows the GHG Protocol methodology. Committed to the integrity of this measurement, we operate within high standards in order to ensure the reliability and comprehensiveness of the study. 

With regards to emissions calculations, we collect activity data from our partners (CHF, km travelled, litres of fuel consumed, etc.)  and multiply them by an emission factor to calculate their equivalence in terms of CO2 emissions.  

GHG emissions are always expressed in Kgs or tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e). In order to take into account, the quality of the data obtained, a level of uncertainty is incorporated into the estimation of the results.  This amount is usually expressed as a percentage. 

A diagram showcasing the significance of the gc factor in our support programme.

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