Sustainability Report 2018

Carbon offset

We try to minimise our carbon footprint as much as possible, however as with any organisation we do still have a carbon footprint. We continue to offset this using Climate Care. Whilst our actual carbon use was 14.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, we were pleased to see in the final report that we exceeded our actual offset by 6.53 tonnes. This fits our aim to minimise our carbon footprint as much as possible. We chose Climate Care, based on their recognition as world leaders in the carbon offset market. Moreover, we want to ensure that we establish partnerships with stakeholders that do not only aim to reduce the carbon footprint, but also to improve lives in the areas in which they operate.

2018 results

  • Our carbon footprint has increased slightly by 3.37% and now sits at 14.8 tonnes for the 2018 period
  • The main increase in our carbon footprint is due to a higher number of staff employed in 2018
  • Our staff full time equivalent (FTE) increased from 7.90 to 9.37
  • Average carbon emissions per FTE staff member is 1,574kg CO2 which is 13% less than in 2017
  • Less than 7% of our waste goes to landfill.

   
Carbon Summary

 
  Staff (FTE Total Carbon Emissions (kgCO2) Carbon Emissions per FTE (kgCO2/FTE) Income per annum £ Carbon Emissions per unit of income (kgCO2/£) GIA (m2)
2017 7.90 14,277 1,808 608,311 0.0234 250
2018 9.37 14,75 1,574 637,734 0.0231 259
% increase/ decrease 19% 3% -13% 5% -1% 3%

 

For the relative carbon baselining, we are representing our carbon using recommended reporting method 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).
 
  2018
kgCO2
2018
%
2017
kgCO2
2017
%
Variance
kgCO2
Variance
%
Waste 20 0.13 10 0.07 10 50
Water 36 0.24 30 0.21 6 17
Heating & Lighting 3,835 26 3,771 26 64 2
Travel 10,270 70 9,958 70 312 3
Domestic 6,193 42 4,646 33 1547 25
International 4,077 28 5,312 37 -1235 -30
Electricity 597 4 507 4 90 15
Total 14,757 100 14,277 100 480 3

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:
 
  Office Area (m2) Electricity Gas Water Travel Waste Procurement
Headquarters, Cheltenham 45.12* Tenant within office space with little or no control of Electricity (lights) or means to measure consumption.  Tenant within office space with little or no control of Gas or means to measure consumption Tenant within office space with little or no control of Water or means to measure consumption All travel is based on estimates of mileage and using Defra conversions Tenant within office space with no means to measure consumption. Waste audit undertaken and assumptions are based on this for the year Accurate data for procurement areas is not available at this time but adheres to our purchasing policies
Scotland Office 11.94** Desk usage is monitored via socket meters          
* Office area is calculated using sole purpose office space and shared office space, such as toilet and kitchen area
** 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 activities including staff and Board travel, workstation energy use, home working energy use, travel energy use, waste, water, lighting and heating is recorded.
  • Due to our shared offices, some of our services are controlled by our host institutions such as lighting and water, therefore we are unable to measure these separately.
  • 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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