Many small businesses would love to measure and manage their carbon emissions but most people simply wouldn't know where to start. For you, the cost of hiring in a consulting firm to perform a detailed carbon audit is simply out of the question. And the 'professional' carbon accounting systems cost tens of thousands of dollars. Carbon Planet decided to demonstrate the power of its G3MS carbon accounting system by launching a low-cost, streamlined, but still top-quality carbon self-assessment tool called G3MS Lite, designed especially for Australian small businesses.
G3MS Lite harnesses the full corporate power of Carbon Planet’s G3MS carbon accounting software, originally developed for larger organisations with legislative reporting requirements, to deliver a timely, accurate and convenient system for any small-business owner to keep track of their carbon footprint.
While not as complex as the full G3MS system, which offers multi-user, multi-company assessments and many other features, G3MS Lite offers a much more complete carbon assessment than any free web-based carbon calculator. G3MS Lite is an inexpensive and user-friendly tool that guides you through a powerful and comprehensive emissions data collection, calculation and reporting process in a handful of easy steps, and then shows you where your main emissions are and your total footprint.
Many small businesses who do try and assess their firm's carbon footprint have been forced to use complex spreadsheets that are poorly documented, time consuming to fill in and full of jargon, and inflexible to your specific business needs. Other firms try and get by with free, basic, online calculators that do not provide an accurate account of their emissions and do not keep their historical data. You can attach real evidential data to your G3MS Lite account so, should you ever wish to go to the next step and get your assessment independently verified, that becomes much easier to do. G3MS Lite is an inexpensive pathway to the full G3MS system for many larger firms.
G3MS Lite is a cut-down small-business carbon assessment limited to Australian small businesses with a carbon footprint of less than 150 tonnes of CO2e. What does that mean? Here are some estimates:
|Typical Business||Full Time Employees||G3MS Lite?|
|Tradesman (e.g. plumber)||Up to 5||Yes|
|Office-based services (e.g. accountant)||Up to 15||Yes|
|Retail store (e.g. clothes store)||Up to 10||Yes|
G3MS Lite offers an intuitive web-based software alternative to time-consuming and inflexible spreadsheets and is much easier to use than most small business accounting packages. In fact, you could even ask your bookkeeper or accountant to use it on your behalf with no need for complex training. If you can use Facebook you can use G3MS.
G3MS Lite is only AU$99 (incl. GST) per assessment. That means for $99 you can accurately measure your annual carbon emissions. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars on expensive software or rely on clumsy spreadsheets or run the risk of making misleading statement because you relied on simplistic web calculators — G3MS Lite makes carbon accounting accessible to small business.
G3MS Lite allows you to upload and store supporting 'evidential' documents such as scans of bills and so forth, conveniently in one place in case you need to have your report independently verified. The reason for wanting independent verification of your assessment could be because a major client has requested a 'carbon audit' or perhaps you wish to comply with the new National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) which offers a Government approved pathway to becoming Carbon Neutral.