Carbon emissions, energy and resource inventories:

The preparation of a corporate (or facility) level greenhouse gas emissions and energy and resource consumption inventory will enable your organisation to:

  • Establish current baseline energy and emissions intensity
  • Set meaningful targets and key performance indicators
  • Inform strategic and operational strategies to improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Allow for accurate monitoring of performance over multiple years
  • Assist with sustainability reporting and reputational image

Balance Carbon can assist your organisation in measuring and reporting on corporate or facility level greenhouse gas emissions and energy and resource consumption utilising our reporting technology and tools . In preparing your emissions inventory, we use our audit experience to ensure it will meet the requirements of relevant national and international standards and legislation including:

  • National Greenhouse and Energy Act 2007
  • National Carbon Offset Standard – Version 2
  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol – Revised Edition
  • ISO 14064: 2006 Greenhouse gases
  • The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

Carbon footprinting and becoming carbon neutral:

The Australian Government introduced the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) on 1 July 2010 to provide national consistency and consumer confidence in the voluntary carbon market. The standard serves two primary functions – it provides guidance on what is a genuine voluntary offset and sets minimum requirements for calculating, auditing and offsetting the carbon footprint of an organisation, product or event to become ‘carbon neutral certified’.

Balance Carbon works with NCOS participants and other organisations wishing to reduce and offset their emissions by:

  • Calculating the carbon footprint of their organisation, product or event
    Preparing the NCOS application package
  • Sourcing acceptable carbon offsets and providing transaction services
  • Assisting with the development of marketing and communications material in accordance with the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission’s Guide on Green marketing and the Australian Consumer Law
  • Assisting with third party audits

Emission Reduction Fund projects:

The Australian Government introduced legislation to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) on 13 December 2014. It is a voluntary scheme that provides incentives for organisations to adopt new practices and technologies for reducing emissions earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs). ACCUs can be sold to generate income, either to the government through a carbon abatement contract, or in the secondary market.

Balance Carbon assists organisations to:

  • Navigate the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 and supporting legislation
  • Submit applications to register projects ensuring the use of an applicable method and that all eligibility criteria are met
  • Secure carbon abatement contracts and participate in auctions
  • Prepare project reports in line with reporting and record keeping requirements
  • Prepare for third party audits

Sustainability programs and reporting:

We work with clients to build value-adding sustainability programs and improve measurement and reporting processes that result in operational efficiencies, reduced waste and new ways to save money. Our services include:

  • Running workshops and training on sustainability programs, carbon and energy management, environmental management systems, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme and sustainability reporting.
  • Assisting clients to navigate and respond to the changing carbon legislation framework
  • Developing carbon and energy management programs
  • Developing environmental management systems (EMS)
  • Benchmarking comparisons of carbon emissions, energy and resource consumption and sustainability reporting.

We also assist clients to prepare sustainability metrics and reports in line with international and national reporting guidelines including:

  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
  • United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) Sustainability Guide