Carbon neutral, carbon negative, green operations, sustainable processes… we have all heard the terms businesses and brands are using to show their environmental efforts and initiatives. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a large focus in the fight against climate change, with many industries facing immense pressure to establish green policies and implement new technologies to reduce their carbon footprint.
As organizations start or continue to “green” their supply and operations, different metrics must be examined in order to determine progress. One of the key performance indicators (KPI) that organizations are focusing on to determine their environmental effect is Carbon Intensity Scores. A Carbon Intensity Score, or CI Score, is a measurement of all total hydrocarbons, or greenhouse gas emitted, versus the amount of energy consumed. The exact units depend on the area of focus, but carbon intensity is generally measured as grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule of energy or fuel produced (gCO2e/MJ). It is a way of quantifying lifecycle greenhouse emissions of a product or process. Because of this, the movement to redefine “waste” has accelerated, and materials that were previously discounted or disregarded are now viewed as a valuable resource, waiting for the right application. [Read more…]