The carbon impact of a UK safari park – application of the GHG Protocol using measured energy data

Finnegan, S ORCID: 0000-0003-4003-0872, Sharples, Stephen ORCID: 0000-0002-6309-9672, Johnston, Tom and Fulton, Matt
(2018) The carbon impact of a UK safari park – application of the GHG Protocol using measured energy data. Energy, 153. 256 - 264.

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Determining the carbon impact of commercial developments is an essential starting point in understanding a company’s carbon footprint. It is also integral to the development of a strategy to reduce that impact in a cost effective manner. There are numerous industry standard carbon calculation methodologies. This paper focuses on the application of one such method, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, and applied it to the unusual example of a UK safari park. The safari park management wanted to understand the park’s impact on the environment as part of a long-term plan to reduce that impact by identifying realistic carbon reduction solutions. Actual monitored energy data for a twelve-month period were available as part of the analysis. The results of this paper show that the application of the GHG Protocol, in reality, and especially for a non-standard situation, is difficult. Effective performance monitoring is essential to enable transparent recording of data, from which a carbon footprint can be calculated. The methodologies for calculation are relatively straightforward but depend upon available information. Identification of the carbon impact of the development is the relatively easier task - the real challenge is reducing this impact to near zero in a cost effective manner

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon, sustainability, ISO standards, GHG protocol, PAS2050, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon accounting, zero carbon
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 08:21
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2021 07:28
DOI: 10.1016/
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