Publications from Ecometrica

Understanding the Changes to CDP Verification Requirements in 2015

As both the number of companies reporting corporate greenhouse gas emissions and the diversity of organizations & applications using these results increase, the need for independent verification of the data and systems underlying GHG assessments becomes substantially more important.

The primary objective for most companies engaging a third-party verifier is to convey a higher degree of confidence in reported results and forecasts. Following successful verification, users of emissions data at every level – the general public, clients, senior management, stakeholders and investors – are provided with an independent statement of assurance that increases the credibility of the inventory and decreases the risks associated with material misstatements. Similarly, assessments verified against the same standards using the same criteria allow for a fair comparison of corporate emissions, targets and progress.

In 2014, over 760 investors representing approximately USD 92 trillion in assets formally backed the CDP’s climate change initiative. These signatories use the climate change data annually submitted to the CDP to assess risks and opportunities arising from environmental externalities and inform sustainable investment decisions. Clearly, ensuring the completeness, accuracy and transparency of reported data is paramount to the objectives of both the CDP and the investors; independent verification provides the mechanism to credibly achieve this. This paper provides a clear, concise summary of the upcoming changes to CDP verification requirements and scoring in 2015.

Eg. Biodiversity

Understanding the Changes to CDP Verification Requirements in 2015

As both the number of companies reporting corporate greenhouse gas emissions and the diversity of organizations & applications using these  

November 20, 2014

Capturing Efficiencies by Preparing for Verification Throughout the Assessment Process

Corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting has become more prevalent as industries and governments around the world recognize the need to  

November 18, 2014

Climate Change: Business Risks & Opportunities by Dr Richard Tipper

Ecometrica Chairman Dr. Richard Tipper discusses the business risks and opportunities from climate change. Contents include:

1. Simplistic Carbon Abatement  

November 5, 2014

How Can Donor Funded Forest Programmes Measure Their Impacts In Terms of Avoided Deforestation and Degradation?

The following report, commissioned by UK’s Department for International Development reviews experience and methods for estimating the impacts of donor  

November 4, 2014

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 that get used in our industry, such as “greenhouse gases”, “CO2“, “CO2e”, and “carbon”, and  

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