The Environmental Protection Agency has a comprehensive tool to help you create your baseline. It is highly detailed but not entirely intuitive to use. We took the power of this tool and made it accessible to busy small business owners in Seattle. This tool will help you create a general baseline that can be compared in future years and is a crucial step in truly understanding your impact on the climate. It focuses on Scopes 1-3 and may not capture every source of emissions for your business.
Be sure to download and save the file to your computer in order to edit the document each year.
What you need:
Each business will need different tools to assess its product’s impacts. How many greenhouse gasses are associated with the shirt you are selling or the steak on your menu? What went into producing and shipping these products?
Food & Beverage: Use this Food Emissions Calculator to see the impact of your ingredient choices.
Stepping stone 6 will help you improve your supply chain and lower Scope 4 emissions.