Carbon Report 2020

Our overarching aim as an organisation is to minimise our carbon footprint as much as possible, however as it happens with any other organisation, we still have a carbon footprint. We will be offsetting using the newly launched EAUC Carbon Coalition which follows the latest guidance and best practice on offsetting.  

2020 Results

  • Our carbon footprint has decreased by 68% and now sits at 5.073 tonnes for the 2020 period;
  • The main decrease in our carbon footprint is due to Covid-19 and a major reduction in travel in 2020 due to restrictions;
  • Staff have been working from home since March 2020 due to the pandemic. However to ensure we account for staff usage at home we have used last year’s data for Heating & Lighting. Staff’s electricity usage was calculated based on hours worked from home during 2020;
  • Our staff full time equivalent (FTE) increased from 11.09 to 11.46;
  • Average carbon emissions per FTE staff member is 443kg CO2 which is 69% less than in 2019;
  • We used last year’s data for waste and water usage. We recognise that water is still being used and waste is produced at our colleagues' homes;
Staff (FTE) Total Carbon Emissions (kgCO2) Carbon 
Emissions per FTE (kgCO2/FTE)
Income per
annum £
Carbon Emis- sions per unit of income (kgCO2/£) GIA (m2)
2019 11.09 16.036 1.446 599,093 0.03 281
2020 11.46 5.073 0.443 329,604 0.02 89
% increase/ decrease 3.34% -68.36% -69.39 -44.98 -42.50 -68.36%
For the relative carbon baselining, we are representing our carbon using recommended reporting method by as commissioned in the SQW report.
We have identified the total Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of staff, and the total income as reporting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It is also appropriate to report against the changes in size of the physical assets and include gross internal area (GIA).
Breakdown of our carbon 2020 2019 Variance
KgCO2 % KgCO2 % KgCO2 %
Waste 22 0.43% 28 0.17% -6 -21%
Water 45 0.88% 43 0.27% 2 5%
Heating and lighting 3,698 72.90% 4,215 26.28% -516 -12%
Travel 682 13.43% 11,002 68.61% -10,320 -94%
Domestic 682 13.43% 5,498 34.29% -4,817 -88%
International 0 0% 5,503 34.32% -55,036 -100%
Electricity 626 12.35% 749 4.67% -123 -16%
TOTAL 5,073 100% 16,036 100% -10,963 -68%

We calculate our staff and Board business travel, workstation energy use and working at home energy use. We also report on other carbon use which is based on reporting scope as highlighted below:
Reporting Scope Office Area (m2) Electricity Gas Water Travel Waste Procurement
Headquarters, Cheltenham 45.12* Meter reading used to measure consumption. We used last year’s data Meter reading used to measure consumption. We used last year’s data Tenant within office space with little or no control of water or means to measure  consumption.
We used last year’s data
All travel is based on estimates of mileage and using 2020 Defra conversions Tenant within office space with no means to measure consumption.
Waste audit undertaken and assumptions are based on this for this year
Accurate data for procurement areas is not available
at this time but adheres to our purchasing policies
Scotland Office 11.94**
   * Office area is calculated using sole purpose office space, toilet and kitchen
  ** Our Scotland office is part of an open plan office, so this figure is calculated based on average FTE space in our Headquarters
  • All business activity including staff and Board travel, workstation energy use, home working energy use, travel, energy use, waste, water, lighting and heating is recorded.
  • Some of our services are now controlled by EAUC members of staff such as heating, lighting and electricity in our Cheltenham office.
  • The host institutions collect the recycling and landfill waste centrally, so we have an annual waste audit and base an assumption on this for the year.
  • We include the travel incurred by our trustees (based on reimbursements, so any travel that is not reimbursed will not be included). 
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