DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has been forced to correct mistakes in greenhouse gas conversion rates it has published for businesses to measure their carbon footprints after Best Foot Forward (BFF) claimed the newly released GHG conversion factors for business carbon measurement and reporting were not accurate. GHG conversion factors allow businesses to work out the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions caused by different activities, such as energy use, water consumption, waste disposal, recycling and transport. Companies can then use the resulting figures to measure and manage their carbon footprint and pinpoint where cuts can be made. BFF has advised its own clients to download the latest DEFRA/DECC spreadsheet and to delete the old ones to avoid confusion. BFF says the errors it found in the updated June 2009 factors affected the conversion rates for biofuels and aviation and inconsistencies between the way in which overseas and domestic electricity is accounted’.
Best Foot Forward’s website is at http://www.bestfootforward.com/