Frequently Asked Questions
QuickCarbon is a web-based carbon footprint calculator and carbon management software that provides comprehensive and affordable carbon accounting and management solutions. It helps organizations of all levels to measure, track, report and manage their carbon footprints.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc. The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent (called CO2e).
There are six main greenhouse gases:
- carbon dioxide (CO2), mainly from fossil fuel use
- methane (CH4), mainly from animals and waste
- nitrous oxide (N2O), mainly from agriculture
- hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), mainly from refrigerants
- sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), mainly from the electricity industry
- perfluorocarbons (PFCs), mainly from aluminium production
Usually, all greenhouse gases are expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) and typically measured in kilograms or tonnes (kgCO2e or tCO2e).
Looking forward, businesses will encounter significantly increased pressure to reduce their contribution to climate change. Some of the anticipated issues and risks influencing businesses include more stringent regulatory requirements, government commitments, rising operational costs and shifting consumer values. Many businesses will likely experience a greater degree of scrutiny over their carbon footprint and will need to develop carbon accounting and management policies and strategies to remain competitive in the marketplace.
QuickCarbon users get access to an easy-to-use, comprehensive tool set to measure, track, report and manage their organization’s greenhouse gas inventory in a secure web environment. Users with very basic information about greenhouse gas calculation standards can easily calculate their corporate emissions without researching calculations methodologies, relevant emission factors or activity coefficients and/or using a GHG consultant. Using Quickcarbon saves tremendous amount of time and money for an organization that reports its GHG emissions data every year. Click here for a full list of benefits.
Yes. QuickCarbon uses the accounting guidelines of “The Greenhouse Gas Protocol” published by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This Protocol is the international accounting tool most widely used by government and business leaders.
Yes. QuickCarbon carbon footprint calculation and reporting software has been verified according to ISO-14064-1:2018 by third-party international certification company Kiwa GmbH. Click here to see our conformity statement.
Not at all. GHG emission factors are built into QuickCarbon which does all of the calculations for you. However, basic understanding of GHG protocol and ISO 14064 standard allows you to set your organizational boundaries correctly, so that your reports are in accordance with international accounting standards. Therefore, we suggest you get yourself familiar on a basic level with these commonly used standards.
All data used in QuickCarbon are based on credible, published sources, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Environment Canada, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) along with other national authorities relevant for each country. Each year, we undertake a thorough review of all data sources to update QuickCarbon with the most current information available.
No, you do not need to install software or hardware. QuickCarbon is web based product.
No, security is not an issue. Your information is not accessible by public. Our platform is only accessible by our customers
QuickCarbon is very straight forward and easy to capture and use. If you require customized support, QuickCarbon’s team of experts can provide you with the assistance you need. Just call us or drop us an email explaining your problem and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
QuickCarbon is based on international emission factor databases such as IPCC, DEFRA, IEA, and more. Therefore, it can be used in any country that these agencies cover. However, our team of experts continuously enhance our emissions databased with local factors. Nevertheless, there can be local emission factor that are not yet included in our database so if there is a specific factor that you would like to use in your calculations please send us an email and we will add it on demand.
Except the free version you can provide varying levels of access for multiple users to access QuickCarbon from different business units or departments.