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CDP Climate Change – revised questionnaire for 2016 and new scoring methodology


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The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) has updated its methodology for the year 2016 regarding the CDP Climate Change questionnaire.

What is CDP?

Through CDP, around 6,000 organizations disclose their greenhouse gases emissions and other environmental KPIs, on the request of the shareholders or their clients. Through measurement, organizations are expected to better manage climate change mitigation.

What are the main changes?

  • Change in Climate Change scoring methodology. There will no longer be a disclosure score and a performance band, but one score, which will be located on a four-band scale: leadership (A), management (B), awareness (C), disclosure (D), like already introduced for the CDP water program in 2015. Answers to the CDP questions may be eligible to points in the four scoring categories disclosure, awareness, management, leadership. At least 75% of points must be scored on a certain scoring level in order to advance to the next higher lever.
  • Alignment with GHG protocol for Scope 2 emissions. Organizations now need to explain if the figures are market-based or location-based. Location-based means that the calculation is based on a figure reflecting the geographical electrical grid. For market-based, this figure reflects the emissions of the product, or the supplier. As figures need to be comparable, organizations need to select one of the option and convert the figures from the 2015 report or figures for the new 2016 report accordingly
  • Renewable energy. Organizations have now the possibility to report their renewable energy production and consumption, as well as any renewable energy targets.
  • Science-based targets. Company now need to specify whether their reduction target is science-based, meaning in alignment with climate science recommendations and scenarios, to keep global warming below 2°C.
  • Management fee: Companies from North America and Western Europe responding in the CDP Investor Program will be charged a management fee to contribute to the funding of the CDP project. The basic fee is set at 2.475 EUR, with the option to make a higher contribution, or to choose a subsidized, lower fee. First-time responders, as well as companies responding to their customers via the Supply Chain Program do not need to pay a fee.

For more information, please consult:

Changes & Rationale Document: https://www.cdp.net/Documents/Guidance/2016/CDP-Climate-Change-changes-document-2016.pdf

CDP 2016 Climate Change scoring methodology Introduction:  https://www.cdp.net/Documents/Guidance/2016/CDP-climate-change-scoring-methodology-2016.pdf

Scoring introduction 2016: https://www.cdp.net/Documents/Guidance/2016/Scoring-Introduction-2016.pdf

Accounting of scope 2 emissions: https://www.cdp.net/Documents/Guidance/2016/CDP-technical-note-Accounting-of-Scope-2-Emissions-2016.pdf

As a CDP official partner, the DFGE is happy to provide more details on these changes and help your organization adapt to them. With our in-depth CDP Response Review, you can make sure you cover all requirements from the new questionnaire and scoring methodology. Please contact us at info@dfge.de or +49.8192.99733-20

 

 

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Get ready for the new version of ISO 14001:2015


ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems. Since 2012, a technical committee has been revising the existing norm to publish a new version in September 2015.

How will it impact certified companies?

  • Companies certified in accordance with ISO 14001 former versions (2004 or the amended version of 2009) are given a three-year period to adapt their environmental management system according to the 2015 version.
  • All certificates in accordance with 14001:2004 will be invalid from 15/09/2015

What are the main changes of this version?

  • Integrated approach with other standards like ISO 9001 by using the same definitions and terms
  • A more strategic environmental management by identifying and leveraging opportunities that are beneficial to the environment and the company
  • New clause on leadership with specific roles to promote environmental management within the organization
  • A focus on protecting the environment through committing to proactive initiatives
  • A focus on objectives measurement and change
  • A new requirement on communication
  • An extension of the scope of application: the organization also needs to take into account product design and development as well as controlling outsourced processes

For more information you can review: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso14001_revision or watch the ISO video

The DFGE is happy to help you to align your environmental management with the new framework http://www.dfge.de  

GHG Protocol – Standard on Quantifying and Reporting the Avoided Emissions of Products


The WRI/GHG protocol is currently scoping to deliver a standard methodology to quantify and report avoided emissions of products. So a company can calculate avoided emissions for goods and services.

Several companies already report avoided emissions on a corporate and company level. Several guidances for industries are available.

The DFGE follows the principle of physical emissions. Offering a calculation for the real physical emissions and a clear and separate calculation for any avoided emissins or green energy activities. The DFGE developed a gross/net methodology to allow companies to be fully compliant with any current standards thus been able to show their activities in terms of avoided emissions. For both – corporate and product emission calculations.

The Green House Gas Protocol is currently analyzing the stakeholders and started a survey. Further information can be found here.