AGI supports companies to calculate their carbon footprint

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In a move aimed at supporting companies in their journey toward sustainability, the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) through its Energy Service Centre (ESC) is supporting commercial and industrial companies with capacity building and technical backstopping to enable them undertake greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting. The Centre held two comprehensive training workshops on Carbon Emissions Accounting and Decarbonisation at Airport View Hotel on June 18-19 and July 3-4, 2024.

The training aimed to address industries’ growing need to take stock of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially with the introduction of Emissions Tax in Ghana and upcoming international regulations such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and EU Deforestation-free Regulation (EUDR). These regulations necessitate robust carbon accounting and mitigation strategies to ensure compliance and sustainability.

It brought together industry leaders and senior staff from commercial and industrial companies to equip them with essential skills and knowledge to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

Participants were introduced to the terminology and principles of carbon accounting. They learned to measure and report carbon emissions (Scope 1-3) using the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

The training also provided practical experience with the GHG Protocol excel-based calculation tool, enabling participants to set up their initial corporate carbon balance for Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Each participating company will receive personalised support to develop their corporate carbon balance and report, ensuring they can implement the learnings effectively within their organisations.

The training had thirty-three participants from several companies including GOIL PLC, Tema Lube Oil Ltd., Enclave Power Co. Ltd. and Tema Steel Ltd. Others include Qualiplast, Asanko Gold Ltd., Deloitte and Polytank among others.

Participants expressed their appreciation for the workshop’s practical approach, which not only provided theoretical knowledge but also equipped them with the tools and support needed to take actionable steps toward reducing their carbon footprint.

“The training has been incredibly insightful. It has equipped us with knowledge and tools to accurately measure and manage our organisations’ carbon footprint, which is crucial for our sustainability goals and regulatory compliance,” remarked Akosua Febri-Yeboah from PolyTank Ghana Ltd.

AGI-ESC is providing this support to companies with assistance from the ‘Sustainable Energy for Climate Protection in Ghana (SustainE4Climate)’ project being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy. Future training sessions and support programmes are planned to further assist companies in their decarbonisation efforts.

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