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Downloadable context-based metrics

Companies interested in experiencing the use of context-based metrics in their sustainability programs will be pleased to know that we now make certain of our metrics freely downloadable. For starters, templates for our context-based carbon and solid waste metrics are now downloadable from this page.

Context-based carbon metric (for businesses)

Our context-based carbon metric (first piloted with Ben & Jerry's in 2006) measures the greenhouse gas emissions of a company against reduction targets specified in the IPCC RCP 2.6 mitigation scenario. The IPCC scenario allocates reduction burdens unevenly throughout the world according to where emitters are located and the development status of the economies involved. Thus, the IPCC scenario is equity-sensitive.

The latest version of our context-based carbon metric (an Excel spreadsheet) is downloadable here. Answers to frequently asked questions about our metric can be found here.

Context-based carbon metric (for higher education)

In 2014, we worked with Corey Johnson, a Master of Environmental Management Candidate (2015) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, to develop an adaptation of our context-based carbon metric for use in college & university settings.

The main difference between the higher education and business versions of our metric is the manner in which emissions entitlements and mitigation burdens are allocated. In the case of business, our metric makes such allocations in a way that is proportionate to a company’s contributions to GDP; in the case of colleges and universities, allocations are made according to a school’s headcount. The latter uses a headcount metric we call Per Capita Equivalent.

Like the business version of our metric, the higher education version measures the greenhouse gas emissions of a school against reduction targets specified in the IPCC’s RCP 2.6 mitigation scenario. The IPCC scenario allocates reduction burdens unevenly throughout the world according to where emitters are located and the development status of the economies involved. Thus, the IPCC scenario is equity-sensitive.

The latest higher education version of our context-based carbon metric (an Excel spreadsheet) is downloadable here.

Context-based waste metric

Our context-based waste metric was first developed in 2012 and measures the volume of municipal solid wastes (MSW) a company sends to landfills against a reduction target of zero waste by 2022 and a baseline year of 2008. Users of this metric can easily substitute baseline years and target dates of their own choosing.

The latest version of our context-based waste metric (an Excel spreadsheet) is downloadable here.

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Note: CSO is especially grateful for the involvement and support of the following organizations in the development of the metrics described on this page: Ben & Jerry's, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Dartmouth College, St. Michael's College, the University of Groningen, and the University of Massachusetts.

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