As an update to my earlier articles: What is my Company’s Carbon Footprint? and What is my Company’s Carbon Footprint 2020?, this article provides an opportunity to report on my business Greenhouse Gas emissions for my environmental consultancy, onePlanet Solutions, for the financial year 2020/2021 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 ten years with the clear principle of striving to provide our services in the most environmentally and climate-friendly manner possible.
Our company declared a Climate Emergency in November 2019 and outlined how we will respond to this global threat by re-engineering our business.
The first steps were 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 2020 and 2021, which can be found in earlier articles: UK Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting: Conversion Factors 2020 & UK Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Conversion Factors 2021, our business Greenhouse Gas emissions were calculated from our known activities for the financial year: 2020/2021.
So, with a distant drum roll introducing the final figures, here is the declared Greenhouse Gas emissions for my business for the financial year 2020/2021:
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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 a new laptop computer and video equipment, the operation of 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 December 2021, we will ensure that these goods and services and incorporated in my business Greenhouse Gas emissions going forward.
As part of our Climate Neutral Commitment, we have purchased Certified Emission Reductions from the United Nation’s CDM Registry Administrator to account for our unavoidable carbon emissions for 2020/2021.
Our principal reduction target is to reduce the business emissions particularly for air travel and car use, which has become an integrated part of my business to support our international clients. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scope 3 emissions arising from our vehicle mileage and air travel was zero for 2020/2021 compared with 32.22 tCO2e in 2019/2020.
Our travel emissions have in previous years been on a 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.
It is anticipated that 2021/2022 may see a resumption of international travel with the level of company Scope 3 emissions being in the range of 0 – 32.22 tCO2e to follow the downward tend in carbon emissions evidenced in 2019/2020 in line with our declared plan for the reduction of our carbon emissions, which is available here
Specifically, our Scope 3 emissions will be reduced by 5% year-on-year with projects to replace our diesel vehicles with electric vehicles in 2021, reduce our dependence on air travel and use other low-carbon travel options.
I welcome your comments and thoughts about my company’s annual reporting of our Greenhouse Gas emissions from our business activities in 2020/2021.