A library of constantly updated frequently asked questions and answers on Net Zero and Decerna’s comprehensive tool.
Net Zero FAQs
Who are Decerna?
Decerna is the company that created BringAbout.
Established in 2012, Decerna is a consultancy and developer which exists to facilitate the rapid transition towards a global net zero economy, powered by clean affordable energy. We are undertaking this mission through four core service areas, which include a wide range of technical and strategic consultancy offerings, as well as developing our own solar, energy storage and grid stability assets.
Decerna provides four core services:
- Energy efficiency, renewables & storage in the built environment – Energy audits and technoeconomic feasibilities for a range of technologies to lower the costs and carbon footprint of businesses and local authorities
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), EPDs, carbon reporting, and Net-Zero carbon reduction plans – Helping you understand your product/service/organisation’s environmental impacts, and creating strategies and plans to hit Net Zero
- Grid scale renewables & energy storage – We are heavily involved in the deployment of renewable energy and grid infrastructure, both for our clients and for ourselves
- Smart home technology field trials – We can take your field trial, from initial concept, through pilot phase, into a full city wide smart home trial
What is BringAbout?
BringAbout is Decerna’s comprehensive tool that allows businesses to set a base year, calculate their Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, and set near-term and long-term science-based targets.
The calculated emissions report can be downloaded as well as shared publicly. The tool also allows companies to download Carbon Reduction Plan (PPN 06/21) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) reports that comply with reporting requirements entailed by the UK Government. The calculation and target setting methodologies used in the tool are based on the GHG Protocol and SBTi’s Net Zero Standard.
The tool provides activity-based calculation method for Scopes 1 and 2 and a combination of spend-based and activity-based calculation methods for Scope 3 emissions reporting.
The emission factors used in the calculations include sources from Government Conversion Factors for Greenhouse gas Reporting, BEIS Conversion factors by SIC code and Exiobase databases.
What does BringAbout mean?
A shipping term for changing direction, it represents how we intend to work hard to reverse climate change. It also has a logical feel regarding our history, as the former Distributed Energy Division of National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), which was based beside the former shipbuilding docks in Blyth. Decerna intends to BringAbout Decarbonisation.
Is BringAbout just a Tool?
While BringAbout is a tool, there are also free resources through BringAbout Knowledge.
Has BringAbout received public funding?
No funding was used to create BringAbout, nor will it be used to maintain it. It was a deliberate act by Decerna to fund the development out of balance sheet reserves to allow complete flexibility to use BringAbout in both funded and commercial activities.
When will it be fully launched?
We are working hard to release the free subscription BringAbout Basic and the paid-for BringAbout Premium in mid-January 2024. Currently, we are undergoing trials of BringAbout Premium to a select group of invited businesses, and several Partner initiatives. We expect to reach 1,000 users by the end of 2024.
Why has Decerna created BringAbout?
Decerna are passionate about helping businesses to decarbonise their buildings and products. BringAbout was created to empower Decerna’s Advisors and Technical Specialists to more effectively support businesses on their Net Zero Journey.
What’s the difference between Basic and Premium?
For many businesses, BringAbout Basic will be enough when embarking on their Net Zero Journey, and this is entirely free. Others may need more functionality, such as Scope 3, ability to upload attachments against emission data entries and generate Carbon Reduction Plan (PPN 06/21) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) reports. BringAbout Premium has been competitively priced at £295 +VAT per year and is even cheaper when bought 3 years upfront or provided through a Partner subscription.
How does my business get BringAbout?
If you haven’t been invited to participate in a trial, you will need to wait until mid-January 2024 when BringAbout will be available to all.
How do I get BringAbout for my clients, members or area?
If you’re interested in a Partner subscription, we’d be happy to discuss this with you, arrange a Call Back now.