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Carbon calculator targets supply chain sustainability

The carbon calculator from Sustainability Tool.

A carbon calculator has been launched to help organisations and their supply chains track and measure their sustainability performance.

The calculator from the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s (SCSS) delivery partner, Sustainability Tool, is designed to support supply chains with calculating their greenhouse gas emissions, and to provide clients with a view of emissions embedded in their supply chains (their scope 3 emissions).

Suppliers can either input their emissions by scope (if those are already known to them), or complete a simple report covering fossil fuel, company travel, gas and electricity consumption, materials, waste and water data. Upon completion, the report calculates emissions in a dashboard that supports submissions to Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) and other carbon reporting frameworks. The system also allows suppliers to apportion a percentage of their carbon emissions to clients based on financial turnover.

The carbon calculator will be offered free to SCSS members (suppliers). The tool is also offered to SCSS partners (clients).

Charles Naud, head of product at Sustainability Tool, said: “With COP26 approaching swiftly, there’s never been a more appropriate time for companies to delve into their supply chains for carbon measurement and reporting. The carbon calculator will be a company’s greatest ally in their quest to reach net zero and reduce their carbon emissions. With our suite of customisable and simple reporting software offerings, our aim is to be a one-stop-shop for all sustainability reporting and performance management.”

‘With COP26 approaching swiftly, there’s never been a more appropriate time for companies to delve into their supply chains for carbon measurement and reporting.’

Charles Naud, Sustainability Tool

Martin Gettings, group director sustainability at Canary Wharf Group, said: “The carbon calculator has resulted from an industry-wide collaboration of clients, main contractors and trade contractors, across the SCSS. We’ve established a standardised data collection and reporting mechanism for supply chain carbon. This hugely benefits suppliers, because it enables one simple carbon measurement exercise, the results of which can easily be shared with their major clients.”

Julia Barrett, chief sustainability officer at Willmott Dixon, added: “As a company committed to delivering net zero embodied carbon by 2040, it’s paramount that we equip our supply chain partners with the necessary tools and support to reduce emissions. The carbon calculator provides all our partners with a simple and robust approach to calculating and understanding their emissions. Through this initiative, the SCSS offers a unique opportunity for our industry to work together in reducing our emissions.”

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