FAQ

Ecobase is a web-based carbon calculator and carbon management program that provides comprehensive and affordable carbon accounting and management solutions. It helps for organizations of all levels to measure, track, report and manage their carbon footprints.

Looking forward, businesses will encounter significantly increased pressure to reduce their contribution to climate change. Some of the anticipated issues and risks influencing businesses include more stringent regulatory requirements, government commitments, rising operational costs and shifting consumer values. Many businesses will likely experience a greater degree of scrutiny over their carbon footprint and will need to develop carbon accounting and management policies and strategies to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Subscribers get access to an easy-to-use comprehensive tool set to measure, track, report and manage their organization’s greenhouse gas inventory. Features include:

  • Greenhouse gas accounting platform
  • Dynamic reporting and graphing
  • Reduction planning and analysis tool
  • Carbon offset calculator
  • Performance showcase widgets
  • Help resources and tutorial

Yes. Ecobase uses the accounting guidelines of “The Greenhouse Gas Protocol” published by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This Protocol is the international accounting tool most widely used by government and business leaders.

All data used in EcoBase are based on credible, published sources, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Environment Canada, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Each year, we undertake a thorough review of all data sources to update EcoBase with the most current information available.

EcoBase contains extensive online help resources and tutorials to get you up and running in no time. If you require customized support, EcoBase’s team of experts can provide you with the assistance you need at an affordable price.

Yes, EcoBase can be used anywhere in the United States or Canada. EcoBase’s data sources are customized for each state and province.

Please contact us at info@ecobase.net or 1-800-469-7830 if you’re interested in using EcoBase for a country other than Canada or the US.

Yes, in the Premium version you can provide varying levels of access for multiple users to access EcoBase from different departments or computers.

Yes, you can set your own targets based on how quickly you want to reduce your carbon footprint.

No, all of the greenhouse gas emissions factors are built into the system and EcoBase does all of the calculations for you. The step by step instructions built into the program make measuring your carbon footprint easy.

Yes. In the corporate set up tab, you can tell the system whether you want to use a calendar year-end or a different fiscal year-end date. The fiscal year is usually denoted by the year in which it ends.

The software does not reference the date tab when reporting the data, so ensure that you have entered the data that you wish for the reporting year. If you have a calendar year-end and are entering data from a January/December bill, you can choose to estimate what portion to allocate to December and what to allocate to January, or you can allocate all of the data to one particular month. Just ensure that you record what you have done in the “description” field and are consistent with how you are reporting this data year over year. On a monthly basis, if your consumption and cost data is spread over more than one month on your bills, simply state in the date tab what days-months the data entry is referring to, for future reference.

Currently you can only generate a report on an annual basis (based on your year-end date).

You can add compost in Scope 3 as a user-defined field. It will have an emissions factor of zero, as compost is considered carbon neutral (since it goes back into the natural carbon cycle).

We currently update our emissions factors in the spring of each year, based on when the US EPA, Environment Canada and other international carbon emissions reports are released.

In our software, water does not have an emissions factor associated with it, but it is a way of measuring how much you use, how much it costs, and to track reductions in water consumption and costs, and also to correlate reduction in water consumption with reductions in emissions/costs from heating water. If you wish to add an emissions factor related to upstream and downstream water processing, you can create a user-defined field and add a custom emissions factor.