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Introducing The Issue 

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by an organisation’s actions. There are ever growing expectations that businesses will take urgent and significant actions to reduce their carbon footprints, and thus contribute to the transition to a global net zero economy.

3 Simple Questions

Responsible 100 has developed 3 simple introductory questions to help you explore this important issue and your organisation's exposure to it. Please respond with as much relevant information as you can. These 3 questions are available via this Google Form.


The 1.5 Alive pact was made during COP26, reaffirming the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement “to pursue efforts” to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels.

Carbon Footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.

Carbon Neutral is a policy of not increasing carbon emissions and achieving reduction through offsets.

Climate Change is a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional and global climates.

Climate Science is an umbrella term referring to scientific disciplines studying aspects of the Earth’s climate. A reflection on the methodology used to reach various conclusions about how the climate may evolve and what we should do about it

Downstream Emissions are emissions released as a result of your product or service existing

Global Warming is the long-term heating of Earth’s climate system observed since the pre-industrial period (between 1850 and 1900) due to human activities, primarily fossil fuel burning, which increases heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in Earth’s atmosphere.

In a greenhouse, sunlight enters, and heat is retained. The Greenhouse Effect describes a similar phenomenon on a planetary scale but, instead of the glass of a greenhouse, certain gases are increasingly raising global temperatures

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG protocol) establishes comprehensive global standardised frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.

Greenhouse Gases are gases that absorb and emit radiant energy within the thermal infrared range, causing the greenhouse effect. Most common greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

The International Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change

Net Zero is the balance between greenhouse gases produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere

PAS 2060 is the international standard carbon neutral certification that demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to decarbonisation, and the neutralisation of remaining impact through the support of environmental projects.

Paris Agreement is an agreement among the leaders of over 180 countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius

Scope 1 Emissions are direct emissions that come from operations owned or controlled by your company

Scope 2 Emissions are indirect emissions coming from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating or cooling by your company

Scope 3 Emissions are all other indirect emissions that occur in the value chain, including both upstream and downstream emissions.

Upstream Emissions are emissions that are contributing towards the creation of your product or service

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