We’re developing a standardised carbon accounting framework suitable for all UK manufacturers, working with four other Catapults.
Manufacturing and construction are responsible for 12% of the UK’s territorial emissions but this figure increases to 43% if consumption emissions are included. Consumption emissions include all emissions associated with the products and services consumed within a country, regardless of where those products were manufactured.
The reduction of emissions associated with the supply chain (known as upstream Scope 3 emissions) is a significant challenge for UK industry.
Funded and supported by
Carbon accounting is a means of quantifying the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are produced as a result of a business’ activities or processes, or by the manufacture of products. By quantifying these emissions, manufacturing businesses are better able to make informed decisions on their strategy to decarbonise their operations, processes and supply chains.
There is currently no standardised approach for carbon accounting of Scopes 1, 2 and upstream Scope 3. Instead, there is a conflicting range of standards, protocols and requirements for businesses to navigate, leading to inconsistent carbon reporting techniques and outputs.
As a result, manufacturers at all stages of the supply chain face a huge administrative burden in terms of time and cost required to account for their Scope 1, 2 and upstream Scope 3 emissions, and comparison between businesses and products is impossible for the consumer.
The Carbon Accounting Programme is building on the strengths of the best standards and techniques, working alongside industry and policymakers, to create a unified framework that is suitable for all UK manufacturers.
We are leading a cross-Catapult programme to establish a standardised framework for carbon accounting for UK manufacturing; for Scope 1, 2 and upstream Scope 3 emission for manufacturers of all sectors, sizes and products.
Taking a holistic and rounded approach to the problem, we are investigating:
Effective carbon accounting within all sectors of the manufacturing industry will:
HVM Catapult identifies gaps in current accounting standards for greenhouse gas emissions in this report, recommending a common framework.
6 October 2022
HVM Catapult identifies gaps in current accounting methods for greenhouse gas emissions in this report, recommending a common framework.
6 October 2022