New guidance published on environmental and carbon reporting

13-06-2013 Darren Chadwick

Defra has published comprehensive updated guidance for carbon and environmental reporting for UK companies. The updates include revised guidance for:

  • Mandatory greenhouse gas reporting
  • Voluntary greenhouse gas reporting
  • General environmental reporting, including the use of key performance indicators.

The new advice, published within a consolidated guidance note, replaces the 2009 guidance on measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, the 2006 environmental key performance indicators and the GHG emissions and sequestration from domestic woodland.

Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulation 2013, all UK registered companies listed on the main market of the LSE, a EEA market or the NYSE or NASDAQ are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions as part of their annual Directors’ Report.

Revised guidance has been produced to support reporting companies:

In addition, there is a guide available for small business emissions reporting.

GHG conversion factors have also been published for 2013, which replace the 2012 figures and are available from the DEFRA website here.

The consolidated guidance also includes advice on reporting broader environmental impacts, such as biodiversity and waste, and the use of environmental key performance indicators.

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