Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve provided answers to some questions customers ask before the purchase. Feel free to contact us if there is something you would like to know and have yet to find the answer below.
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Carbon footprint – what is it?

A carbon footprint is the sum of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by an organization, product, or person. It includes emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other GHGs expressed in CO2 equivalent. A carbon footprint is one method of calculating the impact of a business or thing, or even a person themselves, on the climate.

Why should we calculate our carbon footprint?
This brings benefits on many levels directly and indirectly related to our business.
  • Environmental
  • Business and strategic
  • CSR-related
  • PR
  • Employer Branding
Environmentally – know precisely where your carbon footprint is at its highest and where to reduce it. Once you have done this, you can reduce GHGs in real terms! Employees will also gain greater awareness, which can translate to their home environments and the environmental education of others. Branding benefits are also clear – not only in terms of PR and marketing (which is easy to check) but also in terms of interest from customers, contractors, or investors – and more and more of them require CSR, and ESG reports. Annual calculation and reporting of the carbon footprint pay off for companies. It provides an opportunity to optimize processes in the company, which is connected with real cost and risk reduction. It is also a strong bargaining card in negotiations and a means of applying for subsidies for environmentally friendly actions.
How to calculate carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint is calculated in accordance with the GHG Protocol and ISO 14064-1 standards – both documents provide specific guidance on how to do this. You can use consulting or a tool (e.g. Plan Be Eco), into which companies enter the necessary data.

Scopes and categories

The carbon footprint is expressed in three scopes: 

Scope 1 is all direct activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions: fuel combustion in stationary or mobile sources that the company owns or oversees, process emissions, and fugitive emissions.

Scope 2 is the energy necessary for the company’s operation, supplied from outside. Thus, these are indirect energy emissions from the consumption of electricity, heat, steam, or cooling provided by suppliers.

Scope 3 is divided into two areas and a total of 15 categories. 

  1. Upstream emissions are, along with Scope 1 and Scope 2, produced up to the point of manufacturing the finished product along with logistics, business travel (cradle to gate), 
  2. Downstream emissions are associated with the product’s continued life, transportation, use, and how waste will be disposed of (cradle to grave). 

Upstream:

  • Purchased raw materials and services (e.g., office equipment, water, etc.).
  • Capital goods
  • Energy and fuel-related emissions are not included in Scopes 1 and 2.
  • Transportation and distribution performed with vehicles or equipment not owned or controlled by the organization
  • Waste disposal
  • Business travel
  • Commuting by employees
  • Emissions associated with the operation of leased assets not covered by Scope 1 and 2

Downstream:

  • Transportation and distribution of products
  • Processing of products sold
  • Use of products sold
  • Dealing with sold products after they have been used
  • Leased assets not included in scopes 1 and 2
  • Franchises
  • Investments

 

How to reduce company’s carbon footprint?

To reduce their carbon footprint, companies must change a lot in their daily operations – replace machinery, processes, transportation, or suppliers with environmentally friendly ones. They should also take care of the education and habits of their employees. What cannot be reduced must be offset.

Offset – what is it?

Offset – it’s like compensating the planet for the damage we’re doing to it with our business actions. We can use both natural and technological solutions. These include wise foresting, wetland irrigation, river restoration, capturing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and their storage, and processing (e.g., CO2). It can also be the purchase of carbon credits – certificates confirming the reduction of 1 ton of CO2e, and financial support of offset organizations.

Who should report carbon footprint?

Under EU law, non-financial reports companies obliged to report carbon footprint are:

  • Companies already subject to non-financial reporting begin reporting from 2025 (2024 report)
  • Large companies not currently subject to non-financial reporting
  •  must begin reporting from 2026 (2025 report)
  • Listed SMEs (except microentrepreneurs), small and non-complex credit institutions, and insurance companies – reporting from 2027 (2026 report)
  • International companies with a net turnover of <150€ million in the EU – reporting from 2029 (2028 report)

However, many companies, despite failing to fulfil the criteria mentioned above, are or will be forced to calculate their carbon footprint, as this will be the expectation of clients, investors, and financial institutions.

Digital carbon footprint – what is it?

The digital carbon footprint is the CO2e emitted through using the internet with electronic devices (watching videos, streaming games, writing emails, and generally transferring data). The digital carbon footprint generates, for example, the energy consumption required to power routers and server rooms, transmit data to all points, and maintain cryptocurrencies.

What is carbon neutrality (NET-Zero)

Carbon Neutrality, NET-Zero, Zero Emissions is the state in which a country’s, entity’s, or organization’s carbon dioxide emissions are entirely offset by absorbing, neutralizing, or capturing CO2. To achieve Carbon Neutrality, a company’s or product’s total emissions must first be carefully analyzed, reduced where possible, and only what is irreducible offset.

True Cost – what does it mean?

The true cost is more than a carbon footprint. It’s a broader view of the consumption of the planet’s resources required to produce a product. It considers greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption, raw materials, rare metals, and human labor. True cost shows the impact of a given production on the environment and the local community.

What is Simple Carbon Footprint Reporting?

It is a comprehensive tool created by Plan Be Eco that enables organizations to calculate their carbon footprint. It supports achieving climate neutrality and carbon footprint reporting in a low-cost and knowledge-free way.

How can Plan Be Eco software help businesses?
Carbon footprint management software can help businesses in several ways. First, it can provide valuable data and insights into the sources of their emissions, allowing them to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies for reducing their carbon footprint. It can also help businesses meet sustainability goals and comply with regulatory requirements related to greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, many consumers and investors are increasingly looking for companies committed to reducing their carbon footprint, so using carbon footprint management software can help businesses improve their reputation and differentiate themselves from competitors. Last but not least – reducing carbon emissions very often comes along with money savings! Acting for the planet can pay off.
Is carbon Plan Be Eco management software difficult to use?

We designed our software to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. Reporting all the details requires no technical knowledge and no ESG background. Follow our rules and hints, and it will be easier than you thought!

Can I customize the software to fit my specific needs?

Yes, however, there are some limitations. Book a demo with our expert, and let’s discuss the details!

Is there a mobile app version of the software?

No, Plan Be Eco is a web app designed to be used on desktop computers.

What kind of support and resources does the Plan Be Eco software offer?

There is an embedded chat with our experts, where you can always message us. According to the plan, you can also have dedicated support from our sustainability team. In addition, all premium users will have access to special workshops and sustainability materials our experts provide.

Can I upgrade or downgrade my subscription plan if my needs change?

You can always upgrade your subscription to have more features. Downgrade opportunity appears once a year on the occasion of your subscription renewal. 

Are there any discounts or promotions available for new users or long-term customers?

Oh yes! Every year you will receive a discount on our yearly subscription equal to the percent of your carbon footprint reduction (year to year).
*At the moment maximum discount = 60%

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