A case study looking at how the largest social housing provider in Wales, Pobl, partnered with Mazars to report on and reduce its carbon footprint.
In an era marked by increasing environmental concerns and the recognition of the strategic significance of climate action, organisations of all sizes are proactively seeking ways to reduce their carbon impacts.
We recently partnered with Pobl, Wales’ largest social housing provider, to perform an extensive carbon footprint analysis for their 2021-22 and 2022-23 activities. This collaboration serves as an example of how public and social sector organisations can systematically measure and reduce their environmental impact.
The bigger picture
Pobl's partnership with Mazars exemplifies a growing trend among public sector organisations wanting to understand their environmental impact and take active steps to mitigate it. By expanding the scope of their carbon footprint assessment, Pobl is not only meeting regulatory mandates, but also future-proofing its strategic agenda:
- Reducing carbon emissions often goes hand in hand with reducing energy consumption and waste. This in turn can yield substantial cost-savings in the long-run, allowing for more efficient resource allocation.
- Meeting the expectations of stakeholders is vital and, demonstrates commitment to sustainability through initiatives that help build trust amongst key stakeholders.
Opportunity for innovation
- Sustainability initiatives often drive innovation. Organisations that focus on carbon reduction are likely to discover new, more efficient processes, technologies, or products that can lead to new income streams.
Reputation and responsibility
- Adherence to environmental laws is not just a matter of compliance, but a reflection of responsible governance.
A comprehensive approach
Our partnership with Pobl measured and analysed their carbon emissions comprehensively using our in-house carbon footprinting tool. The project focused on calculating emissions across all three scopes, offering a holistic view of Pobl’s environmental impact.
1. Assessing emissions sources
One of the first steps involved analysing Pobl's activities to determine which upstream and downstream activities were relevant for emissions reporting, aligning with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
2. Expanding scope
The scope of the emissions assessment was broadened compared to previous reporting periods. We worked closely with Pobl, to incorporate tenant energy consumption into the calculations as Scope 3 downstream leased assets – reflecting Pobl's commitment to accounting for all possible sources of emissions.
3. Data collection and quality assurance
Accurate data is the foundation of any meaningful carbon footprint assessment. Data for the carbon footprinting project was therefore collected by Pobl's dedicated team and rigorously quality assured by Mazars, which then generated a comprehensive output report. This output report will be included in Pobl's financial reports, transparently communicating the organisation's environmental performance to its stakeholders.
4. Continuous improvement
The project didn't stop at measuring emissions. Process and data collection improvements were identified and shared with Pobl to enhance data granularity for future reporting years. This commitment to improvement highlights Pobl’s dedication to ongoing environmental responsibility.
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