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Carbon Footprinting

Carbon Strategy and Carbon Footprinting

Business Challenge

The “Carbon” challenge is becoming a major issue, and most organisations have it high on their environmental agenda. There is a scientific consensus that Global Warming is happening, and efficient carbon management and emissions reduction is the only way to counteract the problem. Organisations needs to tackle complex questions, including how to measure their emissions, what strategy they have to use to reduce them, and what they can do to become socially responsible.


What is our “Carbon” offering? We believe an integrated approach to carbon management is essential. Our services are tailored to your needs and our teams interact at all levels in your organisation. From board level to define carbon strategy, to HSE departments to ensure alignment with your Environmental Management System, and to facility management teams to audit and certify your achievements. We work with clients around the world, helping them to understand their energy and carbon performance, to build management strategies, to set objectives, targets and plans, and to prioritise actions to reduce their impacts. We can deliver focused and integrated audit services to confirm and demonstrate progress.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Recognition Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a worldwide leader specialised in QHSE and social responsibility services. Certified to ISO 9001 for all of its activities throughout the world, the company actively participates with professional authorities for the development of international standards and regulations. Network With a network of 700 offices, and over 26,000 employees in more than 140 countries, Bureau Veritas is uniquely placed to supply its 280,000 customers worldwide. In the UK and Ireland alone Bureau Veritas has 36 Offices and laboratories employing over 1500 staff. Expertise Bureau Veritas retains the highest calibre personnel to provide the level of quality, experience and knowledge essential to the delivery of specialised services and to ensure client satisfaction. We have worldwide experience of conducting energy audits for our clients for office and commercial buildings as well as retail centres and industrial sites. Personalised Services Bureau Veritas recognises the different requirements of its clients and adapts its services to suit customer need and budgets. We leverage on our experience in corporate responsibility services, global supply chain auditing and energy management to help organisations develop an appropriate response to these challenging questions. We work with senior management teams to develop strategies in line with best practice; identifying and engaging appropriate stakeholders and understanding their needs; helping your organisation to report publicly to stakeholders on progress at an organisational level and also at a project level. We ensure alignment with business principles, corporate responsibility goals, policies and performance commitments, ensuring the carbon strategy builds on current organisational systems such as environmental/quality management systems.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is carbon footprinting?

    Carbon Footprinting is the measurement of your organisation’s carbon emissions, on a global basis or split by product. The regulatory environment in this area is still under development and the few mandatory schemes, such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme are still very focused towards installations that emit the most, such as refineries or energy plants. It is expected such schemes will extend to all type of organisations, including non extensive carbon emitters, and large corporations have recently decided to appoint 3rd parties to independently verify their footprint.

  • Which carbon emissions shall be included in my footprint?

    There is to date no methodology for Carbon footprinting that is recognised worldwide, especially in the product footprinting area. However, standards are currently being written and it is expected methodologies will converge sooner rather than later. Some questions, such as the integration of indirect emissions in a company carbon footprint (carbon emitted by the commuting of employees to work for example) are not easy to answer. We work on a project basis and spend time upfront to define with our clients what type of emissions need to be integrated.

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