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Organisational carbon footprint

AD Frameworks believes that understanding your business’s carbon impact through an organisational level carbon footprint (more fully known as a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Report) enables an organisation to focus on the areas of greatest impact and will benefit from investment of time and money for the reduction of your carbon footprint.

The six greenhouse gases considered during an inventory and within the report are carbon dioxide, sulphur hexafluoride, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbon and perfluorocarbon. To simplify comparisons to other organisations, products, or services: the carbon footprint is referenced as a unit or weight in Carbon Dioxide Equivalent value or CO2e.

With our support we can quantify your organisation’s carbon footprint across all three source categories: direct, indirect, and further indirect emissions.

The five principles which AD Frameworks applies to a carbon quantification inventory and report are:



Addressing all relevant issues in a factual and coherent manner, based on a clear audit trail. Disclosing any relevant assumptions and making appropriate references to accounting and calculation methodologies and data sources used. 



Ensuring the inventory appropriately reflects the greenhouse gas emissions for the organisation, and services the decision-making needs of the users. 



Ensuring that the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions is systematically undertaken, making sure that uncertainties are reduced as far as practicable. Achieving sufficient accuracy to enable users to make decisions with reasonable assurance as to the integrity of the reported information. 



Accounting for and reporting on all greenhouse gas emission sources and activities within the chosen inventory boundary. 



Using consistent methodologies to allow for meaningful comparisons of emissions over time. Transparently documenting any changes to the data, inventory boundary, methods, or any other relevant factors in the time series. 


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AD Frameworks will tailor the level of support your business needs through the five elements of organisational carbon quantification:

  • Data need
  • Data extraction
  • Data review
  • Data calculation
  • Process management

After AD Frameworks has calculated your organisational carbon footprint, we can undertake an evaluation of your impact, identify where you can have the greatest effect in reducing your carbon emissions and develop a custom carbon reduction plan.

Product/service carbon footprint

Once you understand your organisation’s carbon footprint this can be translated into a product or service carbon footprint, which enables you to clearly communicate your impact to your customers, as part of their ‘Further Indirect Emissions’.

With undertaking a product or service carbon footprint, consideration needs to be given to which scope or extent of reporting for the life cycle analysis is undertaken; whether it is:

  • Cradle to gate
  • Cradle to grave
  • Cradle to cradle
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Product life cycle

The broader the extent of product or service carbon footprint analysis undertaken, the greater quantity of assumptions being made – usually around ‘use’ and ‘disposal’. This potentially lowers the level of data certainty – which can influence the accuracy of a life cycle analysis.

To increase the level of data certainty and a reduction of the number of assumptions, AD Frameworks will help you increase your organisation’s knowledge of how your products or services are utilised by your customers.