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New analytics tool removes guesswork out of carbon tax compliance

As the world’s 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide, South Africa has an urgent responsibility to drive a positive response to climate change by striving for a lower-carbon economy.

This is according to Francois du Plessis, Operations Director at EDS Systems.

“With the Carbon Tax Act, if the activities of companies in certain industries result in emissions above the legislative threshold, they are liable to pay carbon tax,” du Plessis notes. “It is therefore crucial to have access to a tool that assists businesses to monitor and understand their carbon emissions in order to reduce them.”

The Carbon Tax Act came into effect on 1 June 2019.

Read more: Have your say on carbon tax regulations in South Africa

Carbon tax analytics tool: driving a carbon-conscious mindset

Essentially the Carbon Solution is a cloud-based system that enables organisations to ‘plug in’ their emissions or process data in order to produce a report that breaks down tax liability into the relevant emissions sources. This provides visibility into a business’ carbon emissions across the entire organisation. Once, the tax liability status has been determined, the tool calculates a carbon tax liability amount, taking into consideration any offset reductions.

du Plessis adds: “The beauty of the solution is that it is so simple. All it takes is someone to input data, and the rest is calculated and automated,” he continues. “Training is provided to in-house resources if businesses wish to manage the solution themselves. Alternatively, the solution can be offered as a holistic service by 5Inc.” 

Read more: Become an expert on the new Carbon Tax Act

A tool that is 100% South African

Intended to reduce the administrative burden of compliance measurement and reporting, the solution is designed for local conditions, developed wholly in South Africa for South African businesses.

“We’re confident that this carbon analytics tool is the perfect solution for companies that realise it’s time to shift to a more carbon-conscious mindset, regardless of industry. Why? Because the cost of ignoring climate change will be far higher than the cost of reducing emissions through legislation such as The Carbon Tax Act,” du Plessis concludes.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.