SECR – Intensity Ratios

Last week in Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting – Your obligations we gave you an overview in terms of your obligations and what your organisation is required to report on, whether you are quoted or unquoted. This week we are going to talk about intensity ratios.

Intensity Ratios are a way of comparing carbon emissions within different sectors and over time.

It is up to the organisation to choose a useful intensity ratio that enables useful comparisons to other similar organisations, as well as comparing to the organisation’s previous reporting year.

For example, useful intensity ratio could be:

• Beverages: gCO2e/litre of beverage produced

• Retail: tCO2e/m2 of floor space

• Financial: tCO2e/£m sales revenue

The government sees the nature of information being publicly available as a motivator in helping companies to get more involved in reducing their emissions, because similar organisations will be compared by the general public and, maybe more importantly, investors through these metrics.

It is important that your SECR intensity ratios are reported in context. For example, if you secure a new business contract and so double your turnover while your energy usage and emissions remain the same, it will give the impression of hugely improved energy efficiency. To this end, in many cases it may be useful to report on more than one Intensity Ratio and Swan Energy would recommend using a financial metric as well as a tailored ratio (such as tCO2/tonne of production output) to give a more complete picture.

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Joe Youldon

Operations Manager

Joe Youldon

Operations Director

Joe joined the Swan Energy team in November 2019. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Environmental Science (International) in July 2019, having spent a year in Melbourne studying as part of his course.

In his role, to which has has recently been promoted, Joe manages the company’s portfolio across the UK, mentoring the team of Carbon Analysts. Joe is London-based.