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12 Sep 17

Webinar: Reporting Scope 2 market-based emissions

Greenstone is holding a webinar on Wednesday 11th October at 3.30pm BST on reporting Scope 2 emissions using the market-based methodology.

Since the introduction of the GHG Protocol’s new guidance on Scope 2 emissions in 2015, companies have had the opportunity to report the emissions associated with their electricity consumption in a way that more accurately reflects their purchasing choices; the market-based approach.

Event , Environment

7 Sep 17

Defra 2017 conversion factors: what’s changed?

It’s that time of year again when Defra releases new UK Government conversion factors for company GHG reporting. We’ve looked into what’s new and have listed below the most notable changes in this year’s release.

Updates generally consist of modifications to existing methodologies, although this year also includes the addition of entirely new factors to account for overnight hotel stays, and to meet the rising use of electric vehicles.

Emissions factors , Environment

29 Aug 17

Sustainability reporting: the missing piece in the efficiency puzzle

The following article was recently published by Greenstone's client Sustainable Homes. 

In a world awash with data, choosing the appropriate indicators to measure and monitor makes all the difference in improving business performance. Traditionally, financial metrics have been the single most important tool in measuring an organisation’s and even a country’s success. This has started to change in the last few decades due to growing concerns around environmental and social impacts of businesses. An increasing number of investors now demand data on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance just as they would request key financial information. [1, 2]

Sustainability , Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

1 Aug 17

Greenstone releases guide on reporting Scope 2 market-based emissions

Since the introduction of the GHG Protocol’s new guidance on Scope 2 emissions in 2015, companies have had the opportunity to report the emissions associated with their electricity consumption in a way that more accurately reflects their purchasing choices; the market-based approach.

This means electricity obtained from a low-carbon supplier can now be reflected in your Scope 2 reporting. However, there has been a lot of confusion on how to calculate and report market-based emissions, particularly when it comes to purchased renewable electricity.

Non-Financial Reporting , Environment , Scope 2

29 Jun 17

CDP and beyond - Close Brothers' environmental reporting journey

An interview with Close Brothers’ Head of Health & Safety & Environment, Sally Griffin

What has Close Brothers’ environmental reporting journey looked like to date?

Here at Close Brothers we care about the environment we operate in and are aware of our responsibility to protect natural resources and to behave sustainably. We believe, that as a financial services company, our environmental impact is limited and mostly driven by staff travel, our supply chain and our office network.

Environment , CDP

13 Jun 17

EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive - what it means for UK companies

The European Union (EU) Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) came into force in December 2014, with the deadline for member states to introduce the provisions passing late last year. Despite the vote for Brexit, the UK remains a full EU member until negotiations are concluded, meaning companies will have to comply with the new reporting requirements of the UK’s implementation. Here is everything you need to know and what you need to do.

Non-Financial Reporting , Environment

24 May 17

ISO 14001 update - what you need to know about the key changes

Whilst designed to help companies reduce their environmental impact, ISO 14001 is also a key requirement for companies to win work through tendering. The management system standard was updated in 2015 and companies need to transition to keep their certification.  

We spoke with Darren Chadwick, Managing Partner of sustainability strategy consultancy Brite Green to find about the changes to the standard and what they mean for companies.

Environment

18 Apr 17

University of Manchester receives award for sustainability

The University of Manchester has received a prestigious award for two of its sustainability projects. At a national awards ceremony, the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) gave Manchester their Whole Institutional Sustainability Engagement award for two projects – 10,000 Actions and the Sustainability Challenge.

The Sustainability Challenge was rolled out across the University of Manchester’s campus last September with around 5,000 new students assembling into probably the largest project team in history. Their mission was to work together to design a new campus for the fictional ‘University of Millchester’.

Environment

13 Apr 17

The green business guide to Brexit: 10 questions to ask

This article was recently published on GreenBiz. 

The biggest challenge for businesses as they consider the implications of Brexit is the uncertainty.

Fundamental issues relating to their trading conditions and regulatory environment, issues that have been settled for decades, are now up for debate and could change beyond all recognition in less than two years' time. For businesses working on multi-year, and in some cases multi-decadal, business strategies and investment plans, the challenge is particularly acute.

Environment

27 Mar 17

CDP reporting 2017: what is new?

As the number of companies disclosing to CDP increases to over 5,600, and interest from investors grows following global events such as the ratification of the Paris Agreement in 2016, the importance of scoring highly to stand out from the crowd is greater than ever.

CDP continues to evolve in its methodology and scoring, in an effort to promote further engagement and transparency across a range of environmental and social issues for companies, cities and regions, throughout their supply chains.

Environment , CDP