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Carbon Footprinting Tools for SMEs

11/12/2020
Team BACA

Finding the right CO2 calculator for your organisation in the maze of carbon footprinting tools can be tricky. Especially when you’re considered a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) and/or cannot rely on professional external services. To assist you with the first step, we’ve selected the top 5 free carbon footprinting tools for SMEs. You can find these listed below. For each tool we’ve added some pros and cons.*

1) Samen Klimaatactief

  • Very user-friendly: easy to fill in & clear result (+)
  • Gives total output CO2 of scope 1 & 2 (+)
  • Very general output: no comparison with a sector average, no steps towards effective reductions (-)
  • No illustrative graphs (-)

2) CO2MyClimate

  • Very user-friendly: easy to fill in & clear result with graphics (+)
  • Gives total output CO2 of scope 1 & 2 (+)
  • Very general output: no comparison with a sector average, no steps towards effective reductions (-)
  • Not specifically made for Belgian organisations (-)

3) KMO-Energiewijzer

  • Specifically made for Belgian SMEs (+)
  • Shows concrete benchmarking with other companies active in the same sector (+)
  • Gives direct reduction possibilities based on inputs (+)
  • No total CO2 output (-)
  • Less user-friendly: data requested are sometimes very specific (-)
  • No illustrative graphs (-)

4) Bilan Carbone Belgique

  • Very user-friendly (+)
  • Very detailed output: total output CO2 of scope 1 & 2, illustrative graphs (+)
  • No steps towards effective reductions (-)

5) Greenhouse Gas Protocol

  • Very detailed output: entire scope 3 emissions, classification into certain components (+)
  • Illustrative graphs (+)
  • No steps towards effective reductions (-)
  • Less user-friendly: data requested are very specific, takes a long time to complete (-)


Want to find out which one best suits your organisation? Reach out to baca@theshift.be to take part in our dedicated workshop on ‘Carbon footprinting for SMEs’.


Not entirely convinced by the tools listed? Check out the brand new SME toolkit created by SME Climate Hub and Oxford University for more concrete support on your journey to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net zero emissions before 2050.



*The research on these carbon footprinting tools was done by 180DC Leuven, a university-based consultancy.