By Bryan Knope, Head of Business Environments
As an industry leader and pioneer in mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades. In recent years, understanding the environmental impact of our activities has become increasingly important to us as a business. Inmarsat discloses its greenhouse gas emissions in its annual report, participates in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and voluntarily responds to CDP’s Climate Change Investor Request.
While our energy consumption is on a par, per person, with other telecoms companies, we still recognise that an efficient approach to data management is key to monitoring and managing our consumption. However, with offices in over 20 countries worldwide, capturing the data in a timely and cost-effective manner required us to carefully consider how best to monitor our energy use at site-level and report our global carbon footprint.
Having already worked with Carbon Credentials on a range of compliance requirements, Inmarsat appointed them to manage and report on our emissions in alignment with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standard. We liked the enthusiastic approach that their team had taken to previous projects and we were confident that they would provide a solution to fit our needs.
During the implementation stage, Carbon Credentials:
- Liaised with Inmarsat employees worldwide to confirm emissions sources at each site and develop rapport with individual data providers
- Built relationships with international suppliers in order to access energy data in the most direct manner possible
- Collected and stored our data in a central repository for straightforward access, analysis and reporting
Carbon Credentials’ experience with the The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol was invaluable to ensuring that all energy and emissions data were captured and reported in the correct manner. The relationships built during the implementation stage will ensure an even easier reporting process in the coming years, as well as helping with new compliance programmes such as ESOS in the UK.
Carbon Credentials used the data collected to calculate Inmarsat’s greenhouse gas emissions to the GHG Protocol standard, which was disclosed in our 2014 annual report. Managing our greenhouse gas impact globally through our data managed service with Carbon Credentials has allowed us to:
- Remove risk of non-compliance to mandatory CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and GHG reporting
- Report our greenhouse gas emissions with confidence
- Improve communication with our international offices in order to lower the company’s energy consumption as a whole
- Readily submit our emissions figures to the CDP and other initiatives such as the London Business Energy Challenge