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This is a free online non-clinical carbon footprint calculator for General Practices in the UK to use. The calculator measures and identifies the non-clinical greenhouse gas emission hotspots from running our practices and produces a carbon equivalent footprint. Non clinical greenhouse gas emissions accounts for about 40% of the emissions from primary care according to the Lancet, Planetary Health.
There are 4 sections - energy, travel, services used and goods/equipment bought. Data is entered for each of them and covers a full calendar year. The level of detail of data entered is up to you! It can be quick and broad, or more detailed and so more accurate.
You may find it easier to look at the questions and categories initially, locate the information in the practice then enter the accurate figures from our records.
The calculator will automatically save your entered data to your computer (a 'local save') so you can return at a later stage to add more information. However, please make sure you are on the same computer as the data is not transferred to other machines.
Calculator is available at www.gpcarbon.org/#/
How to use the online non-clinical carbon calculator
A carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation, event or product.
Having your footprint measured means identifying your hotspots and planing and implementing actions to reduce it.
By using the carbon calculator now! This will produce a carbon emissions figure that can then be used to identify key places within the practice that can be targeted to reduce emissions. A plan can be created, using the decarbonisation guide that SEE Sustainability offers, to set targets to reach decarbonisation of the practice.
This depends on what level of data you enter into the calculator. There is an option to enter less detailed data regarding broad categories, which will take only a few minutes.
Or you can enter more detailed data about items within the categories which will take longer but provide a more accurate result. If you use cloud accounting (such as Xero), most of the figures for the services and procurement will already be calculated and can be entered more easily.
To enter the least information, you will need the following information:
To enter the most detailed information, you will need the following information:
Ideally someone who has access to the practice data, invoices and spend information.
We suggest that a partner should also be involved to know what data is being inputted and the final carbon footprint figure so the action plan can be devised with their knowledge and support.
The final figure is the number of tonnes of greenhouse gases emitted by the practice over a year, which uses the metric of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). This figure will be split into the different categories that you filled in data about, detailing how big or small the footprint of these categories are and identify hotspots of where emissions can be reduced. SEE Sustainability provides a decarbonisation guide for general practice that can be found on our website. This guide aims to make decarbonising your practice’s non-clinical emissions as easy as possible. It examines the greenhouse gas emission hotspots and works through options to implement practical actions for your practice.
The carbon calculator can be used again and again, so you can monitor your footprint as you make changes.
A carbon hotspot is an area of the practice’s footprint that is responsible for an unusually high amount of greenhouse gas emissions. If this is the case then this can be identified in the pie charts produced by the carbon calculator. These areas can then be looked into further to establish what is causing the hotspot. Using the decarbonisation guide for general practice from SEE Sustainability, changes can be made to tackle these hotspots.
No. The data entered into the calculator is only stored on your computer and no data is transmitted or stored elsewhere. You do have the option of sharing an anonymised report with SEE Sustainability once you finish using the carbon calculator. From this report, we will not be able to identify practices.
SEE Sustainability provides a Decarbonisation Guide for General Practice which examines greenhouse gas emissions hotspots and works through options to implement practical actions to decarbonise practices. We also offer carbon literacy training and have a specific course for primary care staff that is certified by the Carbon Literacy Project. Additionally, we offer a free guide for declaring a climate emergency.
The carbon calculator uses the most recent government conversion factors as well as conversion factors from academic research to give the most accurate calculations for your practice. Conversion factors are converted to the correct unit to then be multiplied by the data inputted in the calculator. These calculations are then displayed on the final results page of the calculator and the different areas are broken down to show the emission hotspots.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions within a practice is part behaviour change and part technology change. When it comes to behaviour change (e.g. turning off plugs at the socket each evening), money will be saved due to saving energy, and therefore reducing energy expenses.
When it comes to technology, investments may be made for more environmentally sustainable options. These types of technology usually have a payback period and after that time the practice will have seen the return on investment from the technology and may even receive money from it (e.g. solar panels).
No, as long as someone within your practice has access to the practice’s invoices from the past year, then it is a simple process that only requires someone to input the energy use, travel, and spent on business services and procurement. The calculator does the rest by using greenhouse gas conversion factors to calculate the footprint of the practice.
Other practices around the country have been implementing sustainable changes that are reducing their footprints. You will be joining other practices in reducing their footprints and working towards the NHS net zero ambition.
If you dont want to use the online carbon calculator, we can do the work for you.
We can do your data collection
We calculate a detailed baseline for your practice.
We show the hotspots for greenhouse gas emissions.
We produce a detailed report including breakdown of your carbon footprint
We produce recommendations on next steps for your carbon management including a bespoke practice wide plan with meaningful targets, pathways to achieve them and a suitable timescale.
We produce a bespoke guide for you and your practice with examples to save you money and reduce your environmental impact.
We help you improve the health of your patients and staff through meaningful action.
We can support in future years following the assessment (depending on package purchased) including recalculating your footprint after actions have been implemented
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