Triple Bottom Line Accounting is Net Zero in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
Read our latest impact report to find out how we measured and what we need to do to reduce our Scope 3 emissions.
All businesses must achieve a net-zero goal before 2050 to meet the global climate target adopted by 196 Parties at COP21 in Paris in 2015. The target is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The accounting profession has a significant role to play in this effort. Accountants in industry can collaborate with all their company departments to plan scenarios, adapt, and mitigate climate impact. For those of us in practice, we need to assess and reduce our operational carbon footprint and assist clients in accounting for theirs. This is the first step towards a net-zero strategy. TBLA has been calculating its greenhouse gas emissions annually since our 2020 baseline year. As a net-zero business for Scopes 1 and 2, we have set yearly targets to reduce our Scope 3 emissions, as detailed here. When smaller businesses begin to measure and decrease their emissions, the effects ripple through the value chain. We hope that our sustainability goals and strategies will inspire other businesses within our sector, as well as our clients, suppliers, and employees.
Net Zero in Scopes 1 and 2
Our workplace at The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, is designed on Passivhaus principles, reducing energy requirements while maximising thermal comfort and air quality. Heating and power are supplied by a renewable electricity provider.
The business neither owns nor leases any internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). We lease one Electric Vehicle, a Nissan Leaf Tekna, manufactured in Sunderland with advanced lithium-ion batteries produced in Nissan’s UK Battery Plant. This vehicle is charged using renewable and often micro-generated solar electricity at the directors’ home.
Employees occasionally work from home using gas central heating in winter. We provide ongoing education on energy efficiency measures, renewable energy providers, and alternative heating systems. “Working from home” is included in scope 3 emissions but is not considered in the Business Carbon Calculator by Normative, as explained in our full report.
Contact us if you would like help with your carbon accounting and impact reporting using a variety of tools that integrate with your bookkeeping software, such as Ecologi Zero, Sage Earth, and others. If none are suitable we can help you to manually upload your data to the Business Carbon Calculator by Normative.
Fran joined TBLA in 2019 after a long career in teaching. Her roles include human resources management, ESG and Marketing. During 2020 and 2021 she developed the TBLA Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impact service. As part of the process, she has carried out an impact analysis of the TBLA social and governance profile and a whole company carbon calculation with accompanying target setting, carbon reduction action plan and impact narrative. Fran is now working alongside the growing ESG team to help more SMEs plan for Net Zero around the UK. Fran is also on the board of the Norwich Business Climate Leaders hoping to accelerate the transition to Net Zero.