Market Insight: The Future Of Carbon Accounting

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Executive Summary

Carbon accounting is the mechanism that organizations use to measure and quantify emissions. The rise of net zero as a business priority has called into question the suitability of current carbon accounting methodologies, in light of stakeholder demands to improve carbon data accessibility and provide evidence of decarbonization progress. This report should be used by business leaders to understand how carbon accounting will evolve in the near future, and how this will impact corresponding business processes.

Table of contents

Carbon Accounting Will Adapt To Enable Decarbonization
What Leaders Need From Carbon Accounting Is Evolving
New Demands On Emissions Reporting Undermine The Suitability Of The GHG Protocol
The Future Of The GHG Protocol In A Decarbonizing Economy
Three Recommendations To Futureproof Carbon Accounting Strategies

Table of figures

Figure 1. The GHG Protocol Scopes
Figure 2. ESG And Sustainability Processes Funding Priorities
Figure 3. The Tripartite Carbon Reporting Model

About the authors

Connor Taylor

Senior Analyst
Connor is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk practice. His current research agenda focuses on carbon management software, climate change consulting services, and the voluntary carbon markets. Connor joined Verdantix in 2021, with prior experience in EHS technology sales and development. He holds a BA from the University of Cambridge in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

Ryan Skinner

Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk
Ryan is the Research Director for the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk practice. He guides the research team to develop compelling research at the intersection of net zero strategies, carbon management, climate risk and technology. Prior to joining Verdantix, Ryan was a principal analyst at Forrester Research, where he initiated the research into ESG data and analytics offerings. He also has extensive experience of helping software companies with their messaging, positioning, market and technology strategies. Ryan studied at Duke University, the University of Manchester and the University of Oslo, and speaks Norwegian fluently.

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