As an energy and sustainability consultancy, we are working with some of the largest UK emitters to establish their net zero carbon emissions, providing data infrastructures to capture, analyse, and report on data and establishing a carbon footprint, through to initial strategy development, target-setting, and the later frameworks to create the roadmap to achieving this ambition.

We will provide you with a clear, straightforward approach to achieving net zero carbon emissions. Acting as part of your team, we’ll provide all you’ll need to develop your knowledge and understanding for the road ahead.

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In June 2019, the UK government became the first government to establish a net zero emissions target by 2050, changing the 2008 Climate Change Act target from an 80% reduction in GHG emissions to 100%, compared to 1990 levels.

For many organisations, Net Zero is a gamechanger and is compounding the message given by investors, customers, and other stakeholders—the need for sustainable business growth.

We call that balance of achieving sustainable growth Equilibrium, our solution to you setting and achieving net zero emissions while optimising energy cost and consumption to maintain growth.

This is where Alfa deliver Equilibrium to our clients. It enables us to work in partnership with clients to create a strategy and, importantly, the roadmap for delivery of their net zero objectives, deploying our Equilibrium net zero strategy services to:

  • Evaluate your company objectives
  • Create and agree the strategy
  • Implement the strategy
  • Monitor, control, and report on progress
Net Zero strategies are complex, and there in no one size fits all. Let us help you get started – discuss and plan the strategy; measure what is achievable; select realistic timelines, how and by when; understand your baseline; and set the right targets and applications to get you there.

Although you can source renewable energy certification through Green Tariffs from your energy supplier, it can often be cheaper to secure certificates elsewhere from your energy supplier. We can facilitate this globally.

Purchasing renewable energy supplies or certificates is critical in representing an overall message of sustainability to stakeholders, and an important step to achieving net zero GHG emissions.

Offsetting GHG emissions should be considered as part of an overall net zero strategy, but only once absolute emissions reductions have been sought across each of the three GHG scopes. Offsetting does not apply to a particular Scope but is accounted for as a separate negative contribution. Net zero for many businesses will mean making absolute reductions and then ‘netting off’ the remaining Scope 1 + 2 + 3 GHG footprint by an amount that brings the total to zero.

If your organisation is intending or is using Science-Based Targets (SBTs) for target setting and measurement of performance, offsetting cannot be used to achieve those goals. SBTs have to be met through absolute emissions reductions.

However, many clients also look to support renewable projects through buying carbon credits and through organisations and schemes that align with their values and strategy. That way it supports commitment to brand or organisation values and is important when reporting to investors, clients, and other stakeholders to amplify the value achieved by sustainability programmes.

We will work with you to source the most appropriate carbon offset scheme based on your requirements and purpose. Whether the required project be best value or most trusted, we can source it through an Exchange or OTC platforms.

Biogas supply can be facilitated through gas supply agreements to varying degrees with some suppliers. Specifically, as there are not enough biogas producers in the UK, IRECs and offsetting are necessary if biogas is required to support your organisation’s sustainability needs, to account for the carbon released when gas is consumed by your operations.

An appropriate strategy may, of course, involve development of your own biogas generation.

As net zero targets and sustainability objectives become the norm, demand for renewable energy is growing faster than demand, and therefore the ability for grid supplies to meet that need. Although still relatively new in the UK energy industry, Corporate PPAs (CPPAs) are expected to play a significant role in reaching a fully renewable future and can meet the mismatch between the availability of renewable supply contracts and a business’s overall renewable energy needs.

Therefore, among the many decarbonisation options available to achieve sustainability and net zero emissions objectives, corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) are becoming an increasingly attractive choice for many large businesses.

Through our network, we can facilitate implementing CPPAs for our clients internationally. We work with our clients to identify their requirements, from building a business case, holding an RFQ process with developers, to final negotiation and contracting.

We then support the management of the CPPA through our risk management team, where the power is sleeved and factored into your current risk policy.

Establishing your organisation’s carbon footprint is often the first step on the journey to achieving net zero and as part of a broader sustainability programme. It is also critical for compliance with many mandatory carbon and sustainability schemes.

To be able to reliably understand emissions and measure progress in reducing them, businesses need a standardised framework for classifying their emissions. Greenhouse gas accounting describes the way to inventory and audit emissions. A corporate GHG emissions assessment quantifies emissions produced directly and indirectly. It is a business tool that provides a basis for understanding and managing climate impacts.

The Corporate Standard is the globally accepted accounting framework for business GHG emissions and classifies corporate emissions into three scopes.

While the Corporate Standard is not legislation, but a standard promoted by a non-governmental organisation, the principle of emissions Scopes has influenced emissions reporting legislation globally. In the UK, for example, the Corporate Standard can be found in all but name in reporting legislation such as Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting.

Of course, a Carbon Footprint can vary by boundary and scope, depending on why it is being done. We help clients to establish their carbon footprint in support of compliance reporting, sustainability reporting requirements, and net zero strategy development and implementation.

A reduction in carbon emissions and energy consumption can deliver significant benefits to an organisation. Our carbon and sustainability audit services provide you with a clear understanding of your organisation’s carbon emissions, energy consumption, and waste, and it can be focussed on specific sites, operations, and processes, or across the entire estate. The findings and analysis provide recommendations for improvement to support:

  • Sustainability and carbon compliance reporting and objectives
  • Production and operational efficiency
  • Identification of cost-saving and investment opportunities
  • GHG/carbon emissions reductions
  • A road map for delivery of a net zero emissions strategy


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