Understanding & measuring your carbon footprint

July 25, 2014

There is no doubt that carbon and environmental taxes will be rolled out in South Africa sooner or later. Once this is a reality, every public company will be required to calculate their carbon footprint, and at some point every private company and civil society organization will be required to do the same.

Already more and more investors, as well as consumers, are demanding that companies disclose their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

Nedbank, the first financial services group in Africa to achieve carbon neutrality, has published a practical carbon footprinting guide focusing on measuring, monitoring, reporting and verification. Titled ‘Carbon Footprinting Guide’, it is written by Marco Lotz and Alan Brent, and is published by Nedbank Ltd in collaboration with Stellenbosch University and the Sustainability Institute.

The aim of the book is to demystify carbon footprint approaches and help readers grasp the main concepts, as well as to expose them to how to do the calculations. Throughout the book the theory is explained and illustrated with real-life case studies and practical examples, using easy to understand language.

By publishing the book, Nedbank hopes to influence its partners and other companies to start managing their carbon footprints, thus maximizing the impact of all of our sustainability efforts.

Click on the banner on the right hand column to view a PDF of the book, or visit the Nedbank website.

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