This article provides an opportunity to report on my business Greenhouse Gas emissions for my environmental consultancy, onePlanet Solutions, for the financial year 2021/2022 and the steps that we intend to take to reduce our Climate Change impact.
It 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.
It is an update to my earlier articles reporting on my company’s carbon footprint in previous years: What is my Company’s Carbon Footprint? and What is my Company’s Carbon Footprint Report for 2021 / 2022? & What is my Company’s Carbon Footprint 2020?,
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 2021 & 2022, which can be found in earlier articles: UK Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Conversion Factors 2021 & UK Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Conversion Factors 2021 our business Greenhouse Gas emissions were calculated from our known activities for the financial year: 2021/2022.
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:
|1||Gas – Office heating||0.3537||0.3727|
|2||Electricity – Office||0.0817||0.1487|
Commentary on carbon footprint
With the opening of the economy in 2021/2022, the company resumed limited “on-site” consultancy work in the UK with car and train journeys restricted to the delivery urgent environmental support, such as pollution incidents and clean-up activities, and associated hotel stays, when required. Accordingly, the carbon emissions for Car Journeys and Public Transport were higher than the previous year, where national lockdowns were enforced.
Our international work continued through the use of remote meeting platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and GoToMeeting, in close agreement with our clients without the need to resort to international flights. So, Air Travel was no undertaken and so zero carbon emissions occurred similar to the previous reported emissions for 2020/2021.
As a result, our office-based emissions for electricity, gas and waste disposal were similar to the emissions in 2020/2021 with many more remote activities being completed in relation to remote auditing and assessment, carbon accounting and environmental and sustainability consultancy support.
Whilst the key Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas emissions from the main business activities have been included, we have included Scope 3 emissions for travel, hotel stays and other readily available Scope 3 emission conversion factors. However, it should be noted that there are minor exceptions related to Scope 3 emissions, where data is not readily available. Examples of Scope 3 emissions related to the company are purchase of certain goods and services, such as the purchase of 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, we will ensure that these goods and services and incorporated in my business Greenhouse Gas emissions going forward.
Off-setting carbon emissions
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 2021/2022.
Carbon footprint Targets
Based on the 2021/2022 carbon footprint, it is evident that our business is meeting its carbon emission targets through positive activities to reduce carbon emissions through the management of our delivery processes, which started well before the impact of global COVID-19 pandemic, & energy reduction projects, such as How to monitor electricity use with a smartplug resulting in
Our principal reduction target is to reduce the business emissions particularly for air travel and car use, which has become an integral part of my business to support our international clients. Our Scope 3 emissions arising from our air travel were zero for 2021/2022 as well as the previous year: 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 a limited amount of international work will be conducted in 2022/2023 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 2023 & to reduce our dependence on air travel with the use of 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 2021/2022.