Large organisations and businesses are now lawfully obliged to publish their annual carbon emissions reports. SECR, the legal framework that enforces this, ensures that large businesses with multiple stakeholders are held accountable for their emissions.

As part of this new framework, large organisations are expected to publish emissions reports that encompass Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. For a better understanding of what is meant by the term ‘scopes’, click here.

Scope 3 emissions are not obligatory, but are recommended in the government’s new framework. As a consequence, the role of energy manager has been significantly expanded.

The Role of Energy Manager

As public opinion shifts dramatically towards a more carbon-efficient world, the role of the company energy manager is becoming more important. As this happens, the position also garners a greater level of scrutiny.

Energy managers may be increasingly expected to make genuine reductions in carbon output. Whereas previously, the role of energy manager was focussed on operational energy use, the role has expanded to include carbon emission reduction across the supply line, including energy sourcing.

Reducing the emissions of a large organisation can be difficult. The energy manager must first compile energy audits across the whole site, something they are likely already doing as part of the conventional role.  Energy use can then be translated into carbon emissions and hotspots of impact.  Then, based on the results, they are charged with creating targets for reducing those emissions.

These steps are long and laborious and are only the preliminary steps in the process of reducing emissions. Energy managers are then tasked with educating company managers and the rest of the organisation’s workforce on how the targets are going to be met.

There are many ways that an energy manager can aim to reduce emissions. For a few examples, read the article ‘How To Make Your Business More Carbon Efficient’. However, the challenge for an energy manager is conveying these changes to the rest of the organisation.

How Can Emitwise’s Software Help?

Unfortunately, Emitwise’s software will not be able to change attitudes and actions of an entire workforce. That will always be the responsibility of the energy manager or internal emissions champion.

However, the software can help by streamlining the way in which data on carbon emissions is collected, collated, and analysed. Creating energy monitoring systems and conducting full-scale energy audits are extremely lengthy and time-consuming processes. Our software makes these tasks swift and simple.

Reportwise, our free software, only requires simple electricity and fuel measurements to be added to the system. After this, it accurately calculates emissions and displays them in a manner appropriate for direct integration into a Directors Report or other public disclosure. Alternatively it can be used for distribution and engagement across the company. .

Reportwise has been made with SECR in mind. The software is designed specifically to ensure that businesses comply with the government’s new regulations.

Emitwise Pro, our subscription-based software, goes even further. As a form of smart data technology, it automates the carbon accounting process. By talking directly with the systems that collect the raw data, such as the procurement system or accounting software, it translates the raw data into a carbon emissions figure and automatically identifies where reductions can be made.

The data collected by Emitwise Pro is usually confusing and difficult to make sense of. Using machine learning, Emitwise Pro cleans the data and converts it onto an auditable carbon equivalent value. Furthermore, Emitwise Pro has the capability of producing an emissions forecast. Energy managers can use Emitwise Pro to simulate various supply or operations changes, therefore maximising the likelihood of creating a successful emissions reduction plan.