The sector has a long way to go in terms of using data effectively to tackle climate change and drive down emissions.
That’s the suggestion from Simon Alsbury, Managing Director of Energise, who spoke to future Net Zero News Editor Jonny Bairstow in the fourth of a series of podcasts titled ‘Counting Carbon’ – the discussion focused on the importance of good data and how important it was to use this information in the right way to work towards a net zero goal.
He noted that currently, many businesses’ carbon footprints are often hidden in reports away from the light of day, meaning they are not immediately visible to customers, staff or stakeholders.
Mr Alsbury said: “The majority of the time, there’s a bit of a disconnect between this pathway to net zero most organisations are on and where that data is available – in most of the cases in company accounts it’s just presented as a table, so there’s no particular analysis from any organisations on it.
“It’s important to show people what the relative importance of certain things are, there are a widespread number of people who don’t know what a tonne of carbon represents, you’ve got to give it more meaning than simply a data table, so there is a need for most organisations to put context around the data.
“There’s a long way for us to go as a sector from that starting position.”
Stay tuned for the final episode of the Counting Carbon series coming from Energise shortly.