Carbon accounting, emmissions reductions, carbon offsetting and insetting

We help businesses around the world measure their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, implement proven and commercially rigorous emissions reduction plans, and offer quality offset and inset opportunities. 

Carbon offset consultants

Passionate about Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Negative Emissions Technologies as Carbon Offsets

Emissions reductions must always be the first priority for any business.  Once GHG emissions are calculated for your business, we can prepare recommendations and plans for emissions reductions and decarbonisation.

Often, certain aspects of the business are identified as hard or impractical to decarbonise, and for these areas, typically carbon offsets are proposed to reach “Net Zero”.

Many ESG and emissions consultants propose “avoidance” offsets, which generally seek to prevent harm to a carbon sink.  However, over time, these types of avoidance offsets have been heavily criticised and are now considered to be of extremely low utility.

We only consider “removal” offsets, namely Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) or Negative Emissions Technologies (NET), where carbon is physically removed from the atmosphere, processed and durably stored.  These methodologies are carefully vetted, selected, and scrutinised by monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).

What are Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 Emissions?

Carbon emissions consultants

Scope 1 Emissions Definition

Direct emissions

Scope 1 emissions are defined as emissions from sources that a business (or other organisation) owns or controls directly.

The most commonly used example would be fossil fuels in a fleet of vehicles and what emissions are produced.

Carbon footprint consultants

Scope 2 Emissions Definition

Indirect emissions

Scope 2 are emissions defined as emissions that a business (or other organisation) causes indirectly, originating from where the energy it uses – whether that is purchased, or produced.

This category primarily focusses on how energy is used for electricity to power the plant, equipment and properties of the business and what emissions are produced.

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Scope 3 Emissions Definition

Indirect emissions

Scope 3 are defined as emissions that are not produced by the businesses, but by those of its suppliers and its customers – i.e. up and down its value chain. 

Examples of scope 3 emissions include a business buying products or raw materials from its suppliers.  The production, transport and then use of those supplier products or materials produce emissions.  Similarly, once the final products are in the hands of customers, their use and disposal may produce emissions also.

Scope 3 emissions include all sources not within the scope 1 and 2 definitions.

What makes Footprint Consulting different?

Insetting: we want to decarbonise your supply chain

In some instances, your own supply chain can not only help you decarbonise and reach "Net Zero", but aspects of your supply chain could even become carbon negative, providing a new revenue source.

We only care about the most promising CDR offsets

We have a deep knowledge of the carbon dioxide removal industry and its constituents. We can present an excellent range of removal offsets.

We can work within or without carbon accounting platforms

No two clients are the same - they will have different circumstances, requirements and budgets. We can work within enterprise grade and SME level carbon accounting platforms (like Greenly and Coolset), or we can work outside accounting platforms altogether, lessening the overall cost to the client.

The "E" in "ESG" goes way beyond Co2

We love being creative around environmental initiatives, particularly waste management, nature restoration, resource use and clean air. These initiatives have myriad benefits to an organisation and its wider community, and can provide excellent community engagement and CSR opportunities, not to mention save costs and waste.

Not just carbon footprint consultants

“Our initial work with Footprint Consulting centred around waste management and finding innovative ways to use our large quantities of organic waste to store its carbon.”

“They’re definitely evangelical (bordering on obsessive?) about carbon dioxide removal.”

“We’d never even heard of insetting before – now we’re actively investigating what parts of our supply chain we can use for decarb or negative emissions and potential additional revenue.”

Get in touch to find out how we could help your business get to Net Zero

We work with organisations that feature a range of sizes and levels of complexity, and are happy to take time to understand each potential client’s specific requirements. We offer no-commitment, easy to understand consultations.