Your organisation could reduce overheads by using less energy and water, consuming fewer raw materials and reducing waste...
Understanding your resource demands is the first step to reducing
your negative environmental impacts. Once you know the amount of
resources you use, you can then begin to increase efficiencies and
improve your positive impacts. Methods and suggestions of how to do
this are explained in the following sections.
Resources to measure your environmental
'carbon footprint' measures the total greenhouse gas
emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation,
event or product. It is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent. Your organisational carbon footprint includes emissions
from all the activities across your organisation, including
buildings' energy use, products you buy, electricity and gas, and
Measuring your carbon footprint can help you to reduce your
organisation's impact on climate change, save money by cutting fuel
bills and other costs, satisfy legislative and funder requirements
on environmental performance, and improve your reputation with
potential service users and supporters.
Who can help?
The Carbon Trust - offers a range of advice and
support including a Carbon footprint calculator
Wales - offers free help to community groups to
reduce their carbon footprint
- get your staff or volunteers to find out their personal carbon
footprint with this tool
Remember if you are going to disclose your business carbon
footprint publicly, then you need to make sure that it has been
calculated properly. Most organisations follow the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Reduce your resource
Once you understand your resource use you can work to reduce your
demands. These webpages have helpful tips to reduce your resource
use and signpost to relevant organisations who can help with