Thursday November 5, 2020

Carbon compliance is fast climbing the list of priorities for business leaders, SECR included. However, there are many benefits to this piece of legislation aside from avoiding a visit from the auditors. EIC outlines a few of these less obvious advantages.

Unused data

If your organisation falls within the scope of SECR (Streamlined Energy Carbon Reporting) then your energy and carbon reports are no doubt on their way to delivery. However, the data you’ve collected can be put to other uses as well.

By taking a holistic view of energy and carbon savings, you can use this data to identify areas of waste or inefficiency within your business. The findings from such analysis can then underpin future strategy and possible architectural or behavioural adjustments to improve your carbon profile.

If your organisation makes use of smart meters and sub-metering solutions, you could even pinpoint which individual sites or site areas are underperforming.

SECR is vital, but its uses extend beyond the obvious

SECR as a rally cry

Climate change is a global challenge that requires innovation across every industry. When it comes to an organisation, no matter the size, there must be a shift towards sustainability not only at a leadership level but embedded in the corporate identity as a whole.

Your SECR process will require detailed data gathering from all elements of your organisation. A common theme is to delegate to site managers and then department managers. Once this is complete, foster open communications between these individuals to form a more cohesive SECR team.

SECR compliance spans across areas like energy management, sustainability, and financial reporting. As such, you have a strong opportunity to encourage greater co-operation across different parts of your business. In the case of organisations with road vehicles, they should make their fleet leaders a part of this conversation too.

Adjusting your scope

Currently you are mandated to report only on emissions from Scopes 1 and 2. These cover your direct emissions and those you buy and use respectively. However, that still leaves Scope 3 emissions – those that come from sources connected to but separate from your organisation.

It’s a long road to net zero, and these emissions will likely become a part of mandatory reporting before 2050. You can get ahead of the game by preparing for this now.

In addition, volunteering for this extra responsibility will further reinforce the culture of sustainability within your organisation. Why not demonstrate to your team that you don’t need a mandate to take the initiative on carbon reporting?

At EIC, we provide regular guidance to businesses in all aspects of carbon compliance including CCA and ESOS as well as SECR. Our dedicated carbon consultants have supported over 300 organisations through these processes and can do the same for you. If you are seeking insight on how best to utilise the findings from your SECR reporting or need to begin the reporting process to avoid fines, contact us here.


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