91% of companies don’t measure their carbon emissions fully.
This is an unbelievable figure. We’re proud to announce that we are joining the 9% who are doing it properly. To help us achieve this, we have recently begun a collaboration with carbon calculation engine, Normative.
Normative are a Sweden-based company who calculate scopes 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions with pinpoint accuracy. Having accurate data mapped out for us means that we can easily see where our carbon emissions are coming from, highlight any hot spots, and can begin to map attainable targets to reduce them. This collaboration forms part of our Journey to Net Zero initiative, which will see us reach a Net Zero carbon footprint Group-wide long before 2050, with some useful short-term targets along the way! More on this will follow as we progress.
When discussing carbon emissions, you will often see scopes 1, 2 and 3 mentioned. This is a method of categorising emissions into what companies produce directly and indirectly.
Scope 1 covers emissions that companies directly own, for example, the emissions from our fleet of vehicles, or the boilers within our buildings.
Scope 2 emissions are those that the company causes indirectly. For instance, from the production of the energy that we use.
Scope 3 looks at the emissions that we are indirectly responsible for throughout our value chain. For example, those from the manufacture of products we buy from our suppliers, and caused by our clients’ end use of the products and services we deliver. This is, more often than not, the biggest and most challenging category to calculate.
Understandably, scopes 1 and 2 are the areas where we, as a company, have the most control and can achieve the fastest route to Net Zero. However, we want to reach Net Zero across all three categories, and ensure that the data we use to do so is backed up by verifiable calculations. This is where a carbon calculation engine like Normative is so beneficial. We look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress as we begin to define authentic, data-driven goals towards reducing our carbon footprint.