Today’s sustainability landscape looks more like a sprawling metropolis with no building design than it does well-intentioned regulations threaded together to provide transparency and visibility to consumers, governmental agencies, and investors. The University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Program tracks nearly 50 standards, methods, regulations, and approaches that an organization, based on its particular operating location, industry segments, and communities, may be obliged to follow and report on.
The immediate reporting introduction for those companies operating in the US is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR, defined in 40 CFR 98) which is designed to collect greenhouse gas (GHG) information, including specific emissions from specific industry participants and a list of other industry segments that may apply. Unless your company is squarely in the crosshairs of the MRR filing requirements — called “all-in” source category companies, such as aluminum manufacturing — it may be difficult to determine your actual reporting requirement. Further complicating the lack of clarity is the impending deadline of January 30, 2011, to submit certification of representations to the EPA. The EPA has created
a portal called the electronic Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool (e-GGRT), which organizations can use to capture their initial GHG tallies and provide them, as needed, to the agency. According to the EPA Web site, the mandatory filing window for “all-in” source category companies begins on March 31, 2011. It also lists industry segments considered “all-in.”
As such, it is important for organizations, particularly for those “all-in” source category companies and those organizations operating in their supply chains, to begin to gain visibility into their carbon footprint. This provides visibility into their specific position in the exposure of dangerous emissions as well as the use of natural resources and toxins in their day-to-day operations. Once this information is known, the organization and its supply chain can begin proactive measures to address reduction of GHG emissions and its overall carbon footprint. I’ll start by explaining some ways you can assess sustainability impacts in your organization, and then go into how SAP Carbon Impact helps you monitor these impacts with various on-demand reporting tools.
Read the full abstract on the View from C-Level blog here.