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Forestry Commission uses expenses system to measure employees' carbon footprints

Rebecca Thomson

The Forestry Commission is using its employee expenses system to help measure its carbon footprint.

The commission uses emissions data from the system, together with data drawn from its internal credit card reconciliation and fleet management systems, to measure the carbon footprint of each employee.

The organisation is required to measure and reduce emissions under the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act.

Steve Atkins, head of finance systems development at the Forestry Commission, said, "It made sense to build a carbon measurement tool into our expense management system, because it provides an easy and reliable method of tracking staff transport emissions."

Staff enter their car mileage into the system, which calculates the carbon output for every journey. Staff are also required to enter information on taxi, bus, rail and air journeys.

The employee expense management system was supplied by COA Solutions.


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