Measure - Carbon Footprint
Measuring your greenhouse gas emissions
Measuring your greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon footprint, helps you to understand and strategically manage those emissions.
Organisations measure all operational emissions required under the international standard for carbon footprints, ISO 14064, including vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, paper, and waste.
Products and services measure all lifecycle emissions required under the international standard for product carbon footprints, PAS 2050, including source raw materials and components, production of the product, distribution and use of the product, and any disposal of waste.
Members of the CEMARS and carboNZero certification programmes are provided with the guidance, tools, and software needed to calculate the full carbon footprint. Our tools guide you through the data required and how to input it, and calculates the emissions total automatically using the appropriate emissions factors by geographical region and measurement period. This detailed measurement gives you the ability to benchmark against internal or external measures to monitor performance and progress towards emissions reduction.
Our measurement tools for individuals, organisations and products meet and exceed the requirements of relevant international standards: the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for corporate accounting and reporting, ISO 14064-1 the international standard for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals, and PAS 2050 the publicly available specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services.
And for all members, where there is existing industry or sector-based best practice for measurement and reduction, this is taken into account in the programme requirements for CEMARS and carboNZero certification.
We actively participate in the development of the leading international standards in greenhouse gas measurement and reduction. And we have access to the expertise of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research scientists who are internationally recognised experts in greenhouse gas measurement, carbon monitoring and the creation of carbon sinks.
Enviro-Mark Solutions actively maintains an emissions factor database that is used by our software and our calculators. The emissions factors are sourced from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emissions factors database, New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (MED) annually published energy-related greenhouse gas emissions data, the United Kingdom Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for some international freight emissions factors not otherwise available, the Australian Department for Climate Change emissions factor workbook, and our own and externally published research. For embodied emissions in materials, we may additionally consult reputable databases developed for life cycle assessment. From 2008, the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment will annually publish national greenhouse gas emissions factors for voluntary corporate reporting.
- Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – guidelines and emissions factors for reporting greenhouse gas emissions
- The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative – information, tools, resources and emissions factors for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions
- Australian Department of Environment – information, tools and emissions factors for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – guidelines and emissions factors for preparing national greenhouse gas emissions inventories
- International Standards Organization – international standards for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and validating and verifying greenhouse gas assertions (ISO 14064-1,2,3 and ISO 14065) – International Standards Organization
- New Zealand Ministry for the Environment – information and guidance on climate change, reporting and adaptation
- Household and Travel calculators - We offer free tools for individuals to measure their carbon emissions and optionally offset those emissions