How carbon accounting can help with EHS management

How does carbon accounting benefit EHS teams?

Monitoring Our Environmental Impact

Increasingly, environmental health and safety (EHS) management has, and will continue to be, defined by a new scope of consideration.

Important though they are, environmental health and safety management is greater than procedural checks and ensuring safeguards are in place to protect employees from the risks of day-to-day operations.

EHS managers are also charged with the careful monitoring of changes to and risks within the natural environment. Professionals in the industry are expected to manage both on-site threats to employees and their employer’s impact on the world at large.

With an increasingly bright spotlight turned on environmental impact, the risks, both real-world and corporate, of improper environmental practice are on the increase.

Since April 2019, the UK government’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations have been in effect. The new measures define new carbon accounting parameters and have extended the range of who must comply with these regulations to an estimated 12,000 British businesses. If a company falls within these parameters then ensuring compliant carbon accounting practices has now become a legal requirement. Guaranteeing that a firm operates legally within environmental law likely falls under the EHS manager’s remit of responsibility.