Our carbon footprint
During the pandemic, our team has been working from home in line with government regulations. However, as things begin to ease, many of the team are still working remotely, reducing our carbon footprint by cutting down on the distances commuted.
According to the BBC Smart Guide to Climate Change, the average UK petrol car produces the equivalent of 180g of CO2 per kilometre. We’ve done a broad calculation based on the team in the office pre-Covid, and we’ve been saving around 503kg of CO2 per week since March 2020.
This is something which will have an influence on how and where we work in future, striking a balance between working from home and scheduled ‘office time.’ Again, flexibility is key.
Meanwhile, our more locally-based team live in the village of Toddington and walk or cycle to the office.
We recently changed our electricity supplier to one which produces energy from 100% renewable sources. Depending on the carbon intensity of the time of day, it means our office CO2 emissions can be as little as 31g per kWh of electricity, compared with a UK average of 233g.
Long-term, we will be considering the feasibility of self-generated renewable energy. Solar panels are one possibility we will be investigating in more detail as part of this objective.
It may be obvious, but recycling is still an important cornerstone of caring for the environment and we do our best by recycling plastics, tins, paper, cardboard, computer hardware, batteries, ink cartridges and even office furniture.
This seems like a longer-term challenge, and a big one. ‘Plastic-Free July’ is an initiative we have promoted within the company, although of course it doesn’t have to be for July only. Although we recycle plastics, there are many single-use items clogging up the environment, and the aim is to reduce the amount of plastic being produced by finding more sutainable alternatives. See www.plasticfreejuly.org for more information.