From April 2018, Guernsey Electricity will be introducing a new carbon emissions reporting system which will "align the company with best practice guidelines and requirements outlined in the Paris Agreement."
The new reporting methodology will enable Guernsey Electricity to "disclose all of its greenhouse gas emissions", rather than just carbon as was previously the case.
The utility firm says the data can also be broken down into direct emissions sources, "such as fuel used in energy generation and company vehicles, as well as indirect emissions, for example imported electricity." It says "this is possible through the use of international accounting tool the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and the UK's Environmental Reporting Guidelines."
Alan Bates, Chief Executive, Guernsey Electricity, said:
"Core to Guernsey Electricity’s activity is serving Guernsey and this includes balancing security of supply, cost and environmental impacts.
"This means staying abreast of international best practice for reporting. Carbon emissions is a focus for energy providers the world over and as the Kyoto Protocol is phased out in favour of the Paris Agreement, Guernsey Electricity aims to lead the way in terms of adhering to its requirements, a very significant proportion of which is carbon emission reporting."
Alex Herschel, Environmental Specialist at Guernsey Electricity, commented: "Guernsey Electricity is forward thinking and leading the way for Guernsey when it comes to carbon emissions reporting and reduction targets. Carbon emissions is a global issue and it is vital that Guernsey is not only part of the debate but an active member of the wider community working to reduce carbon emissions. Aligning our reporting with best practice guidelines is essential for businesses based on Guernsey with global or UK headquarters which are required or volunteer to report on their greenhouse gas emissions. Our new reporting will allow them to provide reports, safe in the knowledge that the data we disclose is in accordance with international standards."
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