Your organisation could reduce overheads by using less energy and water, consuming fewer raw materials and reducing waste...

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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 impact:

Carbon FootprintCarbon foot-printing:

A '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 transport.

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
  • Sustainable Wales -  offers free help to community groups to reduce their carbon footprint
  • WWF - 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 Initiative

Reduce your resource use

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 further efficiencies: