An energy audit is an assessment of energy use with the aim of reducing costs.
Cost savings will typically arise from a mix of behavioural change, adjustments to operational processes and the introduction of new, more efficient technologies.
However, an audit also includes a review of utility bills and tariff structures to ensure no unnecessary costs are being incurred. This will often present quick and easy savings for your business or organisation.
The ‘Carbon Footprint’ has become a widespread method of reporting environmental performance. It refers to the amount of CO2-e released into the atmosphere as a result of your organisational activities and identifying this can have a number of benefits:
- It can be used to benchmark and budget current environmental performance and provides a baseline against which to gauge future progress; and
- Counting carbon is now a requirement for many organisations as part of its corporate governance requirements and forms an integral part of any CSR report.