Perhaps you’re one of the many companies that, despite not meeting some or all of the criteria for having to report your emissions, are beginning to actively report your carbon usage anyway. A recent Mina study with 360 Media showed us that a staggering 60% of organisations now report their annual consumption regardless of needing to or not.
Businesses all around the UK are doing this to both help their own company understand their impact on the environment, areas of their business where they can look to reduce their carbon footprint, and to also help with the collection of nationwide carbon data.
The study also found an estimated 67% of organisations are offsetting their emissions.
Whether you’re required to report your carbon usage by law or not, if you have reported before, you’ve probably had to deal with just how complicated and time-consuming it can be.
Challenges That Come With Carbon Reporting
The Government has set criteria that will help you understand if your business has to produce Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting or not. To align with this, you need to be aware of the number of activities that affect your carbon footprint as these can be varied and tying all of this together can leave you feeling confused as you try to navigate your way through what your business should report on.
The complexities of getting all the required information together can dampen the brightest of spirits, especially now that free government advice is no longer available. Tracking your entire fleet of vehicles and their carbon usage can be massively time-consuming and difficult as you’ll likely have to tally up the energy used to charge your EV fleet at the following:
On the road
You’ll also have to take into consideration the type of vehicle your team members use, the different charging speeds available to them, and even the time of day their vehicles are charged.
Working alone, things just went from tricky and inefficient to downright mind-boggling. If you have to chase employees for invoices for their home and on the road charging, you also have to take note of their carbon emissions too.
Every charge, for every team member, all potentially on a different tariff from their colleagues, for each type of vehicle used, charging at different times of day on different charger types, all will likely need
monitoring by you. That’s assuming an understanding of how to quantify the data you are receiving in the first place, which in itself is a difficult task.
Don’t forget, as part of the directors’ report as detailed on the Government’s website, it’s not enough to simply state your yearly carbon usage figures, you’ll have to, as part of your report, explain the methods used to calculate the required information.
Introducing a simple solution
Thankfully there’s a simple solution to all of this. The Mina platform helps make understanding your carbon reporting as simplified and time-efficient as possible, allowing you to manage and report on your fleet activities with ease through Carbongrid® – our carbon reporting function.
We’ve integrated with the National Grid to show our customers the true carbon intensity of every single charge across their fleet as a whole and by individual vehicles. The reporting shown on the Fleet Portal visually identifies the optimal times to charge, which allows an unrivalled understanding of your carbon emissions.
We achieve this by combining the data from the National Grid alongside your fleet’s charging data which is automatically monitored for each vehicle, regardless of where it is charged, and allows you to build a complete picture of your emissions.
Information is power, and having instant access to your fleet’s carbon usage through the Fleet Portal, all collated for you and displayed in a way that allows you to tweak your vehicles’ charging patterns, is a very powerful tool.
And of course, this will make reporting your carbon usage accurate and simple.
The Future Of Reporting
Net Zero is the ultimate goal as we head into the future, and remains at the forefront of Mina’s vision. Both the Government’s targets and a much more environmentally aware public mean that every business will have to, at some point, get to grips with their carbon usage.
At the recent COP26 meeting in Glasgow, the declaration on accelerating the transition to zero emissions on cars and vans has been signed by national Governments, vehicle manufacturers, businesses and investors alike. A target of zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 in leading markets, and 2040 globally is now a global necessity.
What this means for you as a business is that it’s even more vital than ever to monitor and understand your vehicle emissions. The transition to EV is inevitable, the timescales are in place already, and the difficulties surrounding tracking carbon usage due to the variety of charging options and locations are clear to see.
As much as your business needs to understand and explain its income and expenditure, in the near future, you’ll also have to understand and justify its carbon footprint.
The Mina Solution is designed to work seamlessly alongside you, building an accurate picture that helps your company manage its EV requirements, from conception through to reality. Carbon reporting is just one of the many benefits of using Mina for your EV needs.
Get in touch to learn more about the Mina Solution, or book a call with our friendly team to chat about your future EV plans here.