The carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly
and indirectly by your organisation, event or product.
footprint considers greenhouse gases as described in the Kyoto Protocol:
CO2 Carbon dioxide which is the most commonly known and referenced and generated
by the majority of activities however there are also other greenhouse gasses such
N2O Nitrous oxide
SF6 Sulphur hexafluoride
A carbon footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). The
carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) allows the different greenhouse gases to be compared
on a like-for-like basis relative to one unit of CO2. CO2e is calculated by multiplying
the emissions of each of the six greenhouse gases by its 100 year global warming
Carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 emissions from your activities. Your carbon
footprint is measured in units, tonnes or kg of CO2. Our carbon footprint is mainly
produced through burning fossil fuels for heating and transportation, but also in
production and transport.
A carbon footprint is made up of two parts: your direct carbon footprint, the things
you do directly like drive a car, and your indirect carbon footprint, things like
the energy used in transporting goods or travelling to and from work.
The direct carbon footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the
burning of fossil fuels including energy consumption and transport. We have direct
control of these. There are a number of schemes available to help you to offset
your carbon footprint.
The indirect carbon footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the
whole lifecycle of products we use – these are generally associated with manufacture
and eventual disposal.
How can we help?
At RKMS we have a number of experienced consultants that can assist you to scope,
measure, monitor and reduce your carbon footprint. Our consultants have access to
the latest carbon calculations through DEFRA.
Measuring your carbon footprint is the first step towards reducing the amount of
carbon generated form activities and is closely linked to cost savings. Measuring
your carbon footprint can also help towards meeting objectives in an Environmental
Management System such as ISO14001 or energy management systems such as ISO50001.
Other standards are also now available such as the Carbon Action Standard, recently
accredited by the Environment Agency you can now receive recognition to demonstrate
reduction in your carbon footprint, our consultants can help you to acheive this
standard and certification to demonstrate to your customers and stakeholders that
you are acting in a responsible manner.