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How a Tunisian Firm is Pioneering Emissions Transparency

Aiming to measure and report its Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, targeting full public disclosure by 2026, TunisianCo* recognised the complexity, their lack of experience, and the importance of this undertaking. The firm sought Qabas’s expertise to ensure the project was executed effectively and aligned with industry best practices.

The Situation

TunisianCo faced a multifaceted challenge. Lacking prior experience in emissions measurement, it needed to establish a reliable baseline for its current emissions, a crucial step for setting achievable reduction targets and tracking progress over time. This was no small feat; the accuracy of the baseline would underpin the entire initiative. Additionally, the firm required the development of a data collection system capable of capturing its emissions data across all its diverse operations. Engaging key stakeholders from various sectors of the business, including marketing, customer service, network operations, and strategic planning, was essential to ensure thorough data gathering and to garner the necessary support for the initiative.

Additionally, TunisianCo had to build internal capabilities to sustain the emissions reporting process. This involved training staff across different departments and fostering a culture of accountability and environmental stewardship. The goal was to meet public disclosure by 2026, necessitating planning and execution. The firm had to navigate potential pitfalls while uncovering new value sources that would align operational efficiencies with customer and environmental expectations.

Our Approach

To address these challenges, we established an emissions reporting working group comprising key stakeholders from different areas of the business, including marketing, customer service, network operations, and strategy. This cross-functional team played a pivotal role in driving the project forward and ensuring that all relevant perspectives were integrated into the emissions measurement plan.

The initial step involved collecting any available historical data to establish a baseline for current emissions. Understanding the intricacies of emissions measurement, we recommended engaging external consultants to assist in the vendor selection process. These consultants brought valuable insights and expertise, ensuring that the chosen vendors were well-equipped to support TunisianCo’s specific emissions measurement needs.

We then piloted a data collection system, gathering initial emissions data and feedback from stakeholders. This iterative process allowed us to refine the measurement methodology and address any gaps or issues before full-scale implementation.

A key component of the plan was launching a comprehensive training programme for all employees involved in the emissions collection and reporting process. This training equipped staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to accurately report emissions data, maintaining high standards of data integrity and compliance. Regular training sessions and updates were scheduled to ensure ongoing proficiency and engagement.

Our Recommendations

  1. Establish an Emissions Reporting Working Group: Form a team of key stakeholders from various business areas to drive the project and ensure comprehensive data collection.
  2. Collect Historical Data: Gather any available historical data to establish a baseline for current emissions, which is critical for tracking progress and setting reduction targets.
  3. Engage External Consultants: Involve external consultants in the vendor selection process to ensure robust support for emissions measurement.
  4. Pilot Data Collection System: Implement and refine a pilot data collection system, incorporating feedback from stakeholders to enhance accuracy and reliability.
  5. Launch Training Programme: Develop and deliver a comprehensive training programme for all employees involved in data collection and reporting, ensuring high standards of data integrity.
  6. Begin Regular Data Collection and Reporting: Establish ongoing processes for regular data collection, monitoring, and reporting to maintain transparency and accountability.

The Results

TunisianCo successfully established a baseline for its current emissions and developed a dynamic data collection system. The involvement of external consultants ensured the selection of suitable vendors, enhancing the accuracy and reliability of emissions measurement. The comprehensive training programme equipped employees with the skills necessary to maintain high standards of data integrity and compliance.

As a result, TunisianCo began regular data collection, monitoring, and reporting, positioning itself to meet its goal of full public disclosure of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2026. This initiative not only demonstrated the firm’s commitment to environmental sustainability but also enhanced its reputation as a responsible and forward-thinking organisation. The strategic alignment of internal capabilities with market demands has paved the way for sustained commercial excellence, setting a benchmark for other firms in the region to follow.

*We take our clients’ confidentiality seriously; whilst names are changed, outcomes remain real.

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