It is presently estimated that 700 tonnes of carbon dioxide are pumped into the earth’s atmosphere every second of the day. There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change presents very serious global risks.  There is no doubt that urgent global action is needed to control and reduce green house gas emissions that is the primary cause of the climate change.

The world’s nations have taken some steps towards regulating carbon emissions the most serious of which is the Kyoto Protocol which is ratified by 187 countries as of the end of 2009. Under this protocol, developed countries  have made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 5% below the baseline level of 1990. As a result, certain countries have already introduced regulations and systems capping carbon emissions of industrial companies. In addition, voluntary initiatives such as the "Carbon Disclosure Project”  which is encouraging companies to disclose their emissions and strategies for controlling and reducing emissions, are becoming increasingly more effective. It is now obvious that management of greenhouse gas emissions will be a vital business practice in the very near future. What’s not measured, can not be managed. The first step in managing emissions is therefore accounting and reporting of the so called ‘green house gas inventory’ or your company’s "carbon footprint”

TRC can help your organization accurately capture the carbon footprint of your company. We follow the leading standards to help you measure your carbon footprint, including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) (including sector supplements) and ISO 14064-1.

TRC consultants meet with management and key company personnel and review company structure and operations to determine the best strategy to accurately capture your company’s carbon footprint.  We advise the company on how the organizational and operational boundaries need to be defined and how the base year should be selected.  We identify and assign individual tasks to extract the divisional data that will be rolled up to determine company wide greenhouse gas inventory. We advise the company staff on key issues that require consideration in collecting the required data and advise what calculation approached should be used.

We also provide strategic advice to company management on how to set emission reduction targets and how to achieve these targets. We advise the company on how to decide on the target boundary, how the target base year should be selected, how the target completion date should be defined and provide guidance on reduction mechanisms including the use of offsets and credits.