We’ve Reduced our Carbon Footprint by 6.74%

May 31, 2023 | Business, Sustainability

The results are in…and we are very pleased to report that we have done what we set out to do.

In 2022/23 we reduced our carbon footprint by 6.74% compared to the previous year.

Our target was to reduce our carbon footprint by 5% year on year, so we’re thrilled to have beaten that target.

What have we measured? 

When companies talk about reducing their carbon footprint, it can be a bit confusing. What one company is measuring may not be the same as what another company is measuring.

This was something of a revelation for me when we began our sustainability journey. Whilst I had been worrying about how on earth we were going to measure our Scope 3 (supply chain) emissions, it turns out that most companies do not factor this scope into their carbon calculations. Whilst I’m not sure I entirely agree with this approach, it certainly made things easier!

So, our calculation takes into account Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, plus two chunks of our Scope 3 emissions – working from home and employee commuting. You can read more about how we measured our carbon footprint here.

The key thing here is that our reduction is based on a like-for-like comparison.

So, in 2021-22, our carbon emissions were 8.6 tonnes. In 2022-23, we reduced this number to 8.02 tonnes.

The good news is that we also offset 41.29 tonnes of CO2e in 2022-23 via our membership of the Ecologi scheme. Overall then, according to these figures, we are carbon positive.

How have we made a reduction?

The biggest change to impact our carbon footprint is switching one of the company vehicles from petrol to electric part way through the year. Our emissions from working from home were also significantly reduced as we moved back to office-based working for the majority of the year, with only a small increase in staff commuting due to changes in our team.

In the same year, we moved into a bigger office, but have managed to avoid increasing our energy usage significantly by keeping the lights off and heating turned down in our meeting room when it’s not in use.

How are we going to do better?

The fact that we’re not accounting for our supply chain within these figures still bothers me! This is the gap we’d like to fill.

We are part way to achieving this by signing up to the beta Ecologi Zero tool. This uses data from our Xero accounting software to allocate carbon values to our supply chain based on its function. It seems like a pretty good system, but we have had some teething problems with synching our accounts. It’s also slightly complicated as the first measure was based on calendar year, where our manual calculations to date have been based on our financial year.

However, we’re working through these issues and hope to be able to put a figure to our supply chain soon.

In the meantime, we have continued to interrogate and question our choices with regards to our suppliers to try and make the best choices for people and the planet.

What else are we doing to reduce our impact on the planet?

Measuring and reducing our carbon footprint is just one part of our mission to become a more sustainable business. You can take a look at our sustainability action plan to find out what else we’re doing for the benefit of people and the planet!

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