Measuring our carbon footprint
The ClimateHero Carbon Calculator measures our carbon footprint as a business. The key factors are:
- Office space per employee is seen as small to medium (less than 20m2)
- The office is heated by gas, and the electricity is 100% carbon neutral nuclear energy
- We use a cloud service operated by Microsoft run with 100% renewable energy
- We take no flights as part of the business
- We take minimal taxi trips (10 to 20 per year)
- We use minimal car days to business meetings, as we aim to either meet clients at the office or via zoom (this is estimated at 30 to 60 car days a year but this could be lower)
- Driving from home to the office is estimated at less than of 25% travel by all employees
- We don’t order food for lunches and events
- We aim to recycle food waste and other items within the office
- Printing is minimal (there are peak periods but on average this is low), and we tend to keep consumables such as laptops etc for as long as possible
Our carbon footprint is estimated as 1.6 tons CO2e per employee per year. Using the EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator, this demonstrates that this is similar to emmissions from 4,813 of coal burned, or 10.1 barrels of oil consumed.
Using ClimateHero we offset 200% of our estimated footprint. This is invested in Gold Standard certified projects, which has the toughest review with, for example, WWF supporting it.
Climate projects include:
- Aruba Wind Power – Vader Piet is the first wind power park built on Auruba, enabling 20% of the island’s electricity to be renewable. The park is now being expanded with additional wind mills and solar panels to be able to cover at least 40% of the electricity consumption by 2022.
- Nuetech Solar Water Heating – Today, 90% of people living in cities in west India use direct electricity to generate warm water. Since warm water represents 20-30% of the electricity usage and India’s electricity mix today consists to a large extent of fossil fuels, this has a significant negative climate impact. Neutech Solar solves this by distributing solar water heaters that are installed on household roofs.
- Dora II Geothermal Energy – In Turkey’s Aydin province, geothermal energy is now being harvested. It is a great complement to wind- and solar power, as it is not dependent on the weather. Turkey has a growing energy demand where >80% of the energy supply is still generated by fossil fuels as of 2020. The geothermal energy plant helps to phase out the dependence on coal, oil and natural gas.
- Gangadhar Narsingdas Agrawal Wind Power – This project builds and installs windmills to generate electricity in western India, which is currently heavily dependent on fossil fuels for electricity generation. Apart from the large climate benefit, it also creates green jobs and a safer method of providing electricity.
- Guizhou Province Methane Digesters – The project involves building and installing 18,000 biogas digesters fuelled by pig manure, for local households. This is an extremely effective project since it both eliminates the households’ use of coal and prevents methane gas (which is 30 times more detrimental than CO2) from the pig manure from escaping into the atmosphere. Besides the positive climate impact, the project also enables better air quality and new green jobs.
- Turkey Wind Power – Installation of wind turbines in three different provinces that are currently heavily dependent on coal for electricity production.