What can you use the Fishing Emissions Calculator for?

How much of your business you include in the calculator (the scope) is up to you. This calculator will allow you to easily complete a first level energy assessment, by using basic data from your business invoices. Preparing your Emissions Calculation will help you answer five key questions:

  1. What energy does my business use?
  2. Where do I use most of the energy?
  3. How can I use less energy, given the way I currently go fishing and/or run my business?
  4. What waste does my business produce?
  5. How can I reduce the amount of waste or dispose of the waste more efficiently?

Depending on your aims you may choose to calculate the carbon footprint for:

  • your entire business;
  • a particular section of your business;
  • your entire business plus the emissions associated with your employees commuting to and from your place of business.

It really does not matter which of your business activities you choose to measure (the scope), as long as you record what has been included in your Emissions Calculation for each time period you complete. By doing this, you will be able to compare different periods and understand if changes to your carbon emissions are a result of changing your scope or due to changing your business practices, energy consumption and/or waste management.

The following worksheet may help with collecting the data needed for the calculator:  

The calculation period can be for one year (the default) or quarterly. You may also choose to retrospectively assess your emissions for the last few years and demonstrate, by comparing your emissions today, how the actions you have already taken, have reduced your carbon footprint.

This Emissions Calculator provides a first level energy assessment, which may give you sufficient information to make substantial improvements in the way you use energy and manage waste. Should you choose to reduce your emissions with major capital outlay; you may require a more detailed energy assessment with a consultant.

Where to now?

Once you have measured your emissions, you will find ideas and technical information in the ‘Resources’ section to help you identify how you could save money and improve the performance of your business. You can visit the Emissions Calculator as often as you want and by tracking your emissions year after year you can review the performance of your own business in reducing carbon emissions.

Check out the "News" section regularly on the front page or follow us on "Twitter" (Fishingemcalc) to see what is happening in the areas of energy efficiency, waste management and climate change in the fishing industry. If you have any questions, would like to share technical knowledge or suggest improvements to this site please complete the ‘feedback’ or email fishingemcalc@qsia.com.au

What are the Benefits for the Fishing Industry?

Carbon emission calculations for most Australian primary producers and food production systems have not yet been measured. Similarly the carbon emission profile for each fishing sector is unknown. From an industry perspective the calculator could be used to collate fishing sector information to produce carbon emission benchmarks. Collated information will only be produced, by permission of individual businesses, through a legitimate and reputable third party. Benchmarks can then be used by individual businesses to check their performance against and they may be an important factor in future marketing, management and sustainable development of the fishing industry.

When you set up your login, you were presented with the Emissions Calculator Privacy Statement. This identified that only your contact details (name, phone number and email address) could be provided to the listed third parties and that all your business information is protected under the Privacy Act 1988. This means that you may be contacted by one of the listed parties to see if you are willing to include your business information in aggregated benchmarks for the fishing sectors. However participation in this benchmarking is voluntary.

The History of the Fishing Emissions Calculator

Climate change is a significant long term threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Managing this threat effectively is beyond the scope of any single group so it is important that all the industry and community groups that rely on the Great Barrier Reef are involved in caring for it.

To help ensure commercial fishing on the Great Barrier Reef is sustainable in the face of threats like climate change, Queensland Seafood Industry Association (QSIA) and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) developed the Fishing Emissions Calculator, during 2009, as a joint project for the benefit of the Queensland fishing industry and local communities. While the calculator is aimed at small to medium-sized fishing businesses that operate in the GBR region, larger businesses and those operating outside the GBR, may also find it useful.

The Fishing Emissions Calculator was developed to assist in meeting the following objectives;

  • Provide knowledge and information to improve the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change.
  • To raise awareness of climate change and to motivate individuals, communities and industries to take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency and waste management practices.
  • To raise awareness of the vulnerability of communities and industries to climate change and support the development of strategies for adaptation.

This web site is a functional tool for fishing businesses to assess their current energy use and methods of waste disposal, producing a basic carbon emissions report and identify areas for saving money by implementing better practices and strategies to reduce their carbon emissions.

Technical Stuff - Glossary of Key Words

National Greenhouse Accounts Factors - A workbook maintained by the Department of Climate Change detailing greenhouse gas emission factors. It contains information which is specific to Australia and in some cases to each state. The National Greenhouse Account Factors are the backbone of the calculations used on this site.

CO2-e or CO2-e: Carbon dioxide equivalency - carbon dioxide is one of many greenhouse gases which are released into the atmosphere through natural and human activity. Each gas affects the natural cycle in a different way and to a different degree. To simplify this, a carbon dioxide equivalency has been calculated for all of the different greenhouse gases. CO2-e factors allow an easy and accurate way of assessing environmental impact from emissions.

Municipal solid waste - waste which is disposed of in landfill with no attempt to remove possible recyclable materials from it.