Publications from Ecometrica

Is There a Case for Extending Daylight Saving Time?

It’s that time of year again. As we turned back our clocks on November 4th, the prospect of long, dark, and dreary winter evenings caused many of us to ask once again – why is it exactly that we use Daylight Saving Time (DST)?

It seems that ever since this practice began, debate has raged on the potential benefits and disadvantages of the bi-annual ritual. We increasingly hear arguments advocating for extending DST year-round, mostly on an environmental basis: if DST saves energy, why not make it permanent, and thereby reduce national GHG emissions?

The paper “Is There a Case for Extending Daylight Saving Time” takes a closer look at this reasoning. We examine how the complex interactions between electricity use and daylight hours makes it challenging to determine electricity savings from year round DST, and explain why the applied energy mix is in fact the more important factor in terms of GHG emissions.

Eg. Biodiversity

Is There a Case for Extending Daylight Saving Time?

It’s that time of year again. As we turned back our clocks on November 4th, the prospect of long, dark,  

November 19, 2012

Green Electricity Purchasing Instruments – Are We Heading for Carbon-Gate?

Green electricity purchasing instruments or tariffs generally involve the sale of environmental attributes associated with electricity generation, such as the  

November 15, 2012

Update and Guidance on Ecometrica’s Normative Biodiversity Metric Methodology

Guidance on how Normative Biodiversity Metric assessments can be carried out on Ecometrica's Our Ecosystem software.

September 17, 2012

Greenhouse Gases, CO2, CO2e, and Carbon: What Do All These Terms Mean?

There are lots of terms which get used, such as “greenhouse gases”, “CO2“, “CO2e”, and “carbon”, and what they all  

September 4, 2012

The Importance of Additionality for Accurate and Relevant Scope 2 Accounting

4 simple examples to illustrate why additionality is essential if contracted renewable electricity is counted as zero in scope 2 inventories

August 15, 2012

Corporate Biodiversity Accounting

Corporate biodiversity performance can be presented in a transparent and concise set of accounts for corporate social responsibility reports and business reviews.

June 27, 2012

The One-Tonne Race

How far can your car travel on one tonne of carbon dioxide? We compare some of the UK's most popular cars.

June 25, 2012

Ryanair and Transatlantic Flights – A Comparison of Carbon Surcharges

With airlines joining the EU emissions trading scheme in 2012, we look at the extra costs passed on by airlines to customers.

June 1, 2012

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Pratibha Turn Out Carbon Reporting for 2011

Find out how one of the world's largest textile companies used Our Impacts for their carbon accounting...

March 28, 2012