Innovative carbon management tool launched by AKU and AKHS
When AKU began its carbon management journey
in 2019, no single tool available in the market could comprehensively
measure the greenhouse gas emissions from the healthcare sector. Taking
the absence of a relevant and easy to use tool as an opportunity, AKU
partnered with Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) to develop its own
accounting and reporting tool in the form of an easy-to-access and
offline workbook. It was developed by Jerome Baddley, seconded from the
NHS to AKU and AKHS in 2020.
The tool represents a significant
contribution to mitigation efforts through better carbon monitoring,
certainly for AKU’s own operations, but also for other organizations. It
provides a one-stop solution for calculating the carbon footprint for
healthcare and other sectors in any country.
In more detail, it offers the following consolidated benefits in one tool:
is based on international standards such as the Global Greenhouse Gas
Protocol and allows data to be measured and represented reliably, in
line with the best available science.
Utilizes readily available data and covers all areas related to health operations, including the supply chain.
Includes emission factors for all countries in the world.
Allows for multi-level use and accepts data from up to 30 sites, buildings, or campuses per country.
Facilitates users to measure their emissions without any prior expertise or training in the field of carbon accounting.
Automatically organizes data by different Scopes (1,2, and 3) to avoid double counting.
Contains features to tracks the costs and impacts of making changes.
format and provides clear instructions for data entry, educating the
users as they fill out their data; also identifies and fixes errors as
Provides visual graphics to help identify emissions
hotspots, highlight action areas and provide guidance on taking
Has added innovations in supply chain accounting, based on suppliers’ own sustainability efforts.
tool has been extensively tested and verified across 8 countries and
with around 800 facilities and can be updated with the latest grid
emissions factors. Furthermore, it can be requested to be uses for free
by any organization. For those just commencing their decarbonization
journeys, the tool will prove useful in making the process easier and
accelerated. Many of the AKDN agencies are currently using the tool, and
it has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which will
be sharing it with member countries over the coming months.
To further facilitate access, AKDN has developed a detailed guide
on how to use the tool which is freely accessible upon request. It
outlines the purpose and scope of the tool and provides detailed
instructions on how to complete the data sheets in an intuitive and easy
to understand Excel format.