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Case Study: Abri

Abri is a housing provider who is driven by creating thriving communities to empower lives and has already outlined their roadmap to net-zero and have begun decarbonising the homes they own.

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Case Study

Abri

Background

Organisations across the UK face challenges to formulate and deliver a successful carbon reporting strategy. Trident’s research has identified many organisations are struggling to accurately capture and calculate their  Scope 3 emissions and require expert support from carbon specialists like Trident. With every business at a different starting point on their Net Zero journey, bespoke levels of support tailored to the organisation’s needs are best suited to help them achieve their objectives.

Trident understands the pressures and demands organisations are under to report and reduce carbon.  The  2050 date may seem far away, however, legislative changes are happening more frequently applying pressure to ensure organisations move down the Net Zero path more efficiently.

What Abri Think

Working with Trident has been invaluable when navigating the complexities of carbon accounting. They have facilitated thought-provoking workshops which have enabled us to clearly define our carbon reduction pathway, and have supported and guided us to do this in a science based, methodical and co-ordinated way. Trident has been true partners throughout the process making this a genuinely collaborative experience, tailored to the requirements and aspirations of Abri.

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The Challenge

  • Formulate and deliver a successful carbon reporting strategy
  • Accurate Scope 3 emissions reporting

The Solution

  • Series of workshops reviewing the Scope 3 categories
  • Formulated a calculation methodology and process
  • Provided a carbon management dashboard that pulls energy, transport and financial data into one, easy-to-access place

The Benefits

  • Clear visualisation of carbon emissions
  • Identified areas for future action
  • Efficient reporting methodology
  • Enabled wider focus on ESG objectives

Tackling Scope 3 emissions

Abri was already capturing their Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and some Scope 3 emissions as part of their SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting) requirements. Abri’s challenges with carbon reporting were no different to many organisations, albeit, with some areas adding layers of complexity. The Scope 3 items that were particularly challenging were:

  • Purchased goods and services
  • Capital goods (new build houses)
  • Waste
  • Commuting
  • Downstream leased assets

Trident facilitated a series of workshops with the relevant stakeholders at Abri, providing a gap analysis of each of the 15 GHG Protocol Scope 3 categories. We reviewed each definition and minimum boundary, determining and prioritising a list of Scope 3 categories that Abri chose to report on moving forward. This list was created using quantitative analysis, based on:

  • Relevancy
  • Impact
  • Accessibility of data

Trident agreed on a calculation methodology and process to capture the data with Abri, which included timescales and milestones. As the level of knowledge and resource within organisations vary, it is important to provide a bespoke level of support. In some cases, clients can do many of the calculations in the data collection and reporting process. With Abri, Trident assisted with the calculation methodology and with some of the calculations. A hybrid level of support has been agreed with both Abri and Trident, providing calculations based on the methodology advised in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Technical Guidance.

Trident reviewed the 182-page document and provided simple analysis and summary explanations to assist in the reporting and calculation process. Trident has offered support in capturing some of the data required for the calculations, which come from various sources including gas, electricity and water invoices.

After capturing the data and applying the calculations, Trident upload the data into a sophisticated carbon reporting dashboard that provides details and analysis of Abri’s carbon emissions. This has helped Abri to visualise their carbon emissions and identify the main areas to focus future action to deliver on their carbon reduction plan.

This process has created efficiencies with reporting and enabled Abri to focus on wider Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) objectives.

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