A framework is being developed to provide a standardised way of measuring the carbon emissions generated by FM services.
The project has been initiated by Acclaro Advisory, a consultancy that operates the Sustainable FM Index, or SFMI. SFMI is a reporting tool to help FM businesses improve their sustainability performance.
Alongside Acclaro, service provider BAM FM has been an early supporter of the project’s aim to create a clearly defined standard approach to emissions measurement.
This week it was announced that five of the UK's principal built environment membership organisations are also involved in the project. These are:
- Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
- UK Green Building Council (UKGBC
- Association for Consultancy and Engineers (ACE)
The main aim of the project is to create a standardised way of measuring Scope 3 emissions.
Explaining this aim, Acclaro said in a statement: "most FM providers see their impacts as their direct emissions only, which include those generated via transport and building operations. Some go a little further and measure their indirect emissions from business travel and waste.
"However, this reporting typically captures less than 20 per cent of the providers’ full impacts, meaning that most carbon emissions are going unmanaged and unreported, even in cases where companies are stating that they are net zero. What is not considered by most are the goods procured by FM and the emissions that exist on the client sites" – ie, Scope 3 emissions.
A call for input from other people and firms in the sector will be made at an event on 25th November, when an initial report will be published. It is expected that the report will be expanded to provide more detailed guidance in early 2022.
Chris Havers, SFMI programme director at Acclaro, said: “We need to develop a standardised approach which reflects the nuances of how facilities managers operate with their clients. Having the support of these major industry bodies, FM providers and the client side will help us to achieve this.”
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"What is not considered by most are the goods procured by FM and the emissions that exist on the client sites"
“An FM’s carbon impact is larger than many will report. This means the industry is not positioning itself as a solution but is shying away from the problem”.
Chris Havers, SFMI programme manager