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Title: THE POTENTIAL AND BENEFITS OF HAVING A CARBON BENCHMARK APPROACH COMPARED TO INDIVIDUALISED CARBON FOOTPRINTING
Authors: CHAN CHEONG SHUEN
Keywords: Environmental Management
Master (Environmental Management)
Teo Ai Lin Evelyn
2011/2012 EnvM
MEM
Issue Date: 27-Jun-2012
Citation: CHAN CHEONG SHUEN (2012-06-27). THE POTENTIAL AND BENEFITS OF HAVING A CARBON BENCHMARK APPROACH COMPARED TO INDIVIDUALISED CARBON FOOTPRINTING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This research established the potential of a Carbon Benchmark and demonstrated its ability to enhance several shortcomings of individual carbon footprinting. A specific case study on secondary schools in Singapore was conducted to validate the assertions of the potential of carbon benchmark. The potential of Carbon Benchmark was established through reviews of past lessons, literatures and industry practices. It was observed that significant benefits can be achieved if benchmarking approach was adopted onto quantifying carbon emissions compared to conventional carbon footprinting on the individual level. The main benefits that carbon benchmarking can provide over individualised carbon footprinting include fair and comparable results, better informed stakeholders i.e. customers and larger quantum of emission reduction on the industry level. Four secondary schools of differing background were examined i.e. government and independent schools in a case study and the case validated the above assertions. The potential in the benchmark exercise conducted was quantified and it was ascertain that the potential of a benchmark was significant. For the case of the secondary schools, it was found that as high as 30% potential emission reduction can be achieved from the baseline performance of a school. Without a benchmarking approach, this amount of reduction could be compromised if managers of the school do not have such information as the possible emission reductions. The benchmark also informed the schools about their current performance ranking and is an easy avenue for learning best practises that could be adopted for implementation. Overall, this research, literature review and case study, established that there is significant potential in a carbon benchmark which has not been realised.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221846
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