The environmental impact of an organization is referred to as its carbon footprint, which measures the total GHG emitted directly and indirectly by that organization. Direct emissions result from activities that the organization controls, like operating a facility and producing a product, and from using electricity for things like lighting, heating, and powering equipment. Indirect emissions are those that the organization is responsible for but does not control, like the carbon emitted by suppliers who deliver raw materials for the manufacturing operations.
Using Allieum for energy sustainability can help you calculate your organization’s carbon footprint and develop ways to reduce and/or offset it. Once you know the impact of your activities, there are two things you can do.
- Reduce direct emissions by improving efficiency of lighting and equipment; opting for videoconferencing over flying to meetings, or switching you vehicle fleet to hybrid models. You can also reduce indirect emissions by selecting partners and suppliers who have committed to reducing their own carbon footprints.
Purchase carbon offsets to reduce the remainder of your organization’s environmental footprint.
Allieum helps clients reduce energy consumption and emissions as part of adopting more sustainable business practices. We provide an integrated set of business processes, tools and capabilities to reduce energy costs, improve supply alternatives and manage associated risks. As an important part of a comprehensive energy management plan, a thoughtfully developed sustainability strategy can help an organization meet many environmental, financial, and stakeholder relations objectives, including:
Demonstrating civic leadership
Generating positive publicity
Improving employee morale
Differentiating products, services and brands
Attracting new customers and employees
Providing a hedge against risks posed by electricity price instability, fuel supply disruptions and environmental regulation
In addition to helping many of our clients achieve reductions in their power consumption and carbon footprints, Allieum has experience procuring RECs for both large and small clients and in both the private and public sectors. We help clients understand the many different factors that influence REC pricing including: geographic location, changing compliance market regulations, vintage, technology, and 3rd party certification. REC pricing also changes in response to supply and demand as well as regulatory changes.
Understanding these relationships is critical to realizing the greatest benefit for a given dollar investment in RECs as well as protecting against claims of "green washing".
RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS