TBL supports SFW Ltd in drafting Maritime transport greenhouse gas data collection and management report for EU Commission

TBL supported SFW (Ltd) on drafting Maritime transport greenhouse gas data collection and management report for EU Commission.

Shipping is a large and growing source of the greenhouse gas emissions which are causing climate change. Maritime operators already gather huge amounts of data regarding fuel usage and safety compliance, as well as environmental and financial performance.

TBL provide first hand experience of data collection and management reporting tools taking a lean approach to inform future templates, IT Systems and reduce the future burden on both Shipping sector and EU Regulators. The new regulation will come into force from January 2017, with requirement to start collection and data analysis from 2016 onwards.

Please see a link to the report below:

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Please contact TBL for future information on Maritime MRV Regulations in Europe.

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TBL’s Kevin Williams Bikes From London to Paris for British Heart Foundation (BHF)

September 5 -7th 2015 – London to Paris Bike Ride for British Heart Foundation (BHF)

250 miles covered in 3 days. Thanks Steven Woodward (Woody) for asking me to take part, all in a good cause for BHF, made loads of good friends along the way – brilliant experience.

We are on target of raising over £1000 for a good cause.

Day 3 Finish Line  – a long day on the bike (95 miles) – 250 miles completed!

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Final straight 

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TBL Support Chinese Government Delegation to London on Emissions Trading Systems as part of Europe Aid capacity building project

TBL’s Kevin Williams & Phil Brookfield have been in London during the last weeks to present and facilitate meetings between a Chinese government delegation and UK stakeholders during a study assignment on MRVA, registries, market oversight and price formation in the EU ETS as part of the EuropeAid-funded capacity building project on ETS in China, together with ICF, Ecofys, SQ Consult  and SinoCarbon.

Picture of Kevin Williams presenting to Chinese Government delegation:

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TBL releases Thought Leader ship for CARBON EXPO Barcelona

Connecting Global Carbon Markets by changing regulatory reporting through the use of innovation, removing business and data silos – Silos kill speed.They kill ideas – they kill impact.

This short paper is intended to highlighted the pros & cons of implementing an extensible reporting language (XBRL) within existing and emerging Emissions Trading Systems (ETS). Regulatory Reporting around the World: i.e. providing Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) data reporting protocols (rules), media (templates) & systems (Information Technology).

Click here to download the document

Putting a Price on Carbon

As the High Profile UN Climate Summit closed yesterday in New York a series of key outcomes where summarised by Ban Ki Moon:

1. 73 national governments, 11 regional governments and more than 1,000 businesses and investors showed support for pricing carbon. Together, these leaders represent 52% of global GDP, 54% of global greenhouse gas emissions and almost half of the world’s population.

2. EU countries pledged to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

3. A new coalition of leaders will mobilize over US$200 billion for financing low carbon and climate-resilient development.

As we move towards Paris COP 2015, governments and business will be setting policy and implementing carbon pricing strategies (both regulatory and internally within their business).

How can TBL assist you in you?

  • We have a clear track record of aligning Carbon pricing activities into the core business strategy, not working in silos but harmonising strategy, business case and implementation within the organisation.
  • We understand the commercial importance: we combine GHG policy, implementation and operational insight with scenario planning, project, quality and lean management to address your pressing needs.
  • We have a track record of working international with governments and leading organisations around the world and have exceptional hands on experience in the strategy, implementation and operation of Market Based Mechanisms (MBM).
  • We help our clients to align green growth strategy with regulatory and corporate carbon pricing targets.

The TBL Carbon Pricing Model helps clients on their Carbon and sustainability journey, it is a flexible approach helping clients build capability and capacity against the core infrastructure elements of a carbon pricing framework.


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TBL Director Kevin Williams in Beijing supporting Technical Assistance Team led by ICF International for Design and Implementation of Emissions Trading Systems in China

TBL Director  Kevin Williams was in Beijing last week  to provide various trainings as part of the International Technical Assistance Team led by ICF International, with SQ Consult, Ecofys and SinoCarbon for the EuropeAid project Supporting the Design and Implementation of Emissions Trading Systems in China.




TBL Supports Carbon Price Communique

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TBL supports a clear and transparent price on carbon emissions.

For more information and to show your support of The Price Carbon Communique please follow the below link:



India’s CSR Act 2013: What are the benefits of an Information Technology (IT) data capture & reporting system?

Please find a copy of Kevin Williams article from July’s Edition of CSRTimes in India (www.csrtree.com), which is a niche magazine, with print run of 15,000+ copies monthly, which goes to all top corporates,Psus, agencies, civil societies, NGOs, celebrities, individual change makers and overseas clientele.

The corporate India is facing a period of significant change with the introduction of Companies Act 2013. Whilst there has long, been a deep understanding on a wide range of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actives in India, The New Companies Act put’s into law very innovative CSR regulations and obligations on corporate India which are intended to simulate increased spend on local CSR activities. International community have applauded India on it’s innovative approach to CSR, they are now watching this new policy intervention to see if this model can be developed in other parts of the world.

Responding to CSR Regulation

The Confederation of Indian Industry and business thought leaders, have made available user guides on how to respond to CSR in India, these highlight various aspects from strategy through to reporting obligations in line with the schemes obligations and rules. This article is intending to look at CSR in India from a holistic, lean and IT data management viewpoint – presenting a different lens to a corporate response to CSR in India. The below “fishbone” diagram illustrates the relationship between the outcome (CSR Compliance) and the factors that influence it.

From our perspective, it is important to take a “Holistic view of CSR” identifying enablers within the business which can align, streamline and add value to strategic direction of the business, at the same time enhance the accountability and transparency of internal CSR data and process, which in turn can have positive impact on internal control measures. Successful responses are well planned and follow a structured process involving strategy, business case, implementation and an operational target model – leading organisations are looking at how IT can play a strategic role in the CSR value chain.

Identifying Information Technology (IT) data capture and reporting requirements

Taking a lean (or simplified) approach to understand how IT can play a role in CSR compliance can help the Corporate “Boards” and “CSR Committees” focus on the breadth of the process, aiming to improve end-to-end ‘flow’ and reduce waste within the process. By focusing on what adds value and reduces risk, IT can be used to enable better internal efficiencies and enhance internal data management controls – it will be important to understand the value of CSR data within the business, especially when there is a potential commitment to spend large amounts of money. Poor data management and reconciliation processes (planned CSR activity spend v actual CSR activity spend) can lead to potential risks and issues, IT and robust business workflow management can help mitigate these risks within a business.

The below diagram illustrates lean approach in the context of identifying IT requirements for CSR compliance in India, by mapping in a SIPOC process (Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers). This can help clarify and identify critical characteristics, which form the basis of any future IT data capture and reporting requirements.


Better data, efficient processes and lower costs?

To implement manageable, practical and useful systems that meet CSR requirements, companies will need to conduct thorough data reviews. These should also be linked to assess current data issues and any potential solutions that need to be implemented. Reviews should also be based on a clear understanding of what capabilities the business function actually needs, and conducted by strategic thinkers who can make informed decisions around what systems are fit for purpose and have long term integrity.

Web-based enterprise CSR management software will need to be considered. These should include the following functionalities:

(i) Identification of CSR projects & Non Government Organisation’s (NGOs)
(ii) Set up CSR projects & NGO’s
(iii) Monitoring and targeting with advanced analysis and tracking of CSR projects
(iv) Compliance and corporate CSR reporting
Importantly, working with a fragmented approach cannot meet the demands of tomorrow’s high quality, efficiency monitoring and reporting. What is required is close collaboration across core functions using common reporting data and integrated systems. To ensure this occurs, individuals will need to alter strategies and work in teams to implement an integrated approach. This will remove the need for triple checking of an individual’s calculations, thereby increasing data integrity and allowing for increased confidence to make informed business decisions.


There are many major advantages of utilizing an IT application to capture and provide reporting for specific CSR data that is critical to your business. Having one that is web-based provides additional advantages. By allowing staff to enter the CSR data from any device with Internet access, it will help keep data updated and accurate. Having this data available for management to pull reports day or night, in the office or on the road can also be an important characteristic.

CSR will have knock-on implications for corporate India, which some may see as a risk, while others will see this as a competitive opportunity. What is certain is that it will require fundamental change, and at the heart of this will be forward thinking business leaders who realise the secret to change is not just about today’s compliance drivers, but more importantly around business optimisation and competitive advantages moving forward.

Forward thinking companies will realise they have reached the stage where traditional approaches of incremental, short term solutions and workarounds will no longer be adequate, and fundamental issues surrounding data, systems, models, process and people will need to be addressed. Managing risk and creating value from CSR demands an enterprise with reliable data and clarity on increasingly complex policy, regulation and market drivers.

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