As an update to my earlier article: What is my Company’s Carbon Footprint?, I am reporting on my business Greenhouse Gas emissions for my environmental consultancy, onePlanet Solutions, for the financial year 2019/2020 and steps that we intend to take to reduce our Climate Change impact.
This article looks at the output from the calculation of my business Greenhouse Gas emissions and the practical steps to reduce the emissions as the consequence of declaring a Climate Emergency on behalf of my business through the UN Climate Change’s Climate Neutral Now programme & for my commitments to Pledge to Net Zero.
If you missed earlier posts in this series: How to declare a Climate Emergency? , How I declared a Climate Emergency?, What I did after I declared a Climate Emergency? & How to calculate Greenhouse Gas emissions for a Climate Emergency?, you can catch-up on the steps taken on behalf of my environmental consultancy to declare a Climate Emergency.
As readers of this website will recall, my company (onePlanet Solutions Limited) has been providing environmental consultancy for over nine years with the clear principle of striving to provide our services in the most environmentally and climate-friendly manner possible.
Now is an important stage of my business, as we recognise that a Climate Emergency exists and that we must respond to this global threat by re-engineering our business.
The first steps are to declare publicly that we recognise the Climate Emergency and to follow-through with practical steps to determine our current Greenhouse Gas emissions and the impact that they have on the environment & to take further actions going forward.
Using the relevant conversion factors for 2019 and 2020, which can be found in earlier articles: UK Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting: Conversion Factors 2019 & UK Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Conversion Factors 2020, our business Greenhouse Gas emissions were calculated from our known activities for the financial year: 2019/2020.
So, with a distant drum roll introducing the final figures, here is the declared Greenhouse Gas emissions for my business for the financial year 2019/2020:
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It should be noted that the Greenhouse Gas emissions from the main business activities have been included. However, there are minor exceptions related to the goods and services, such as the purchase of new computer and film equipment, such as video cameras and Desktop computers, our websites at www.oneplanetsolutions.co.uk & www.emsmastery.com and use of Microsoft Office 365, which have not been included as this information is not readily available at the present time.
Once this information is available, which is anticipated in November 2020, I will ensure that these goods and services and incorporated in my business Greenhouse Gas emissions going forward.
There is some work to be done to reduce the business emissions particularly for air travel, which has become an integrated part of my business to support our international clients & has increased by 24% when compared with 2018/2019. However, these emissions are below the downward trend required by our Science-based targets as publicly reported in the article: How to set Science-based Targets for Carbon Reduction? and we are on-course for meeting our commitments for a 1.5 degree Scenario by 2025.
In my next article in this series, I update on the immediate actions that can be take using the carbon offsetting process to ensure my business is Carbon Neutral in the short-term & more about the transparency and accountability through the UN Climate Change’s Climate Neutral Now programme.
Look out for the next article and I welcome your comments and thoughts about declaring a climate emergency and reporting on the Greenhouse Gas emissions of your business.