A Responsible Approach
In 2019 we approached CO2balance to ascertain the carbon footprint of the company. It was one of the goals we created to help deliver our sustainability programme, as part of our corporate social responsibility policy.
As a result, over the summer of 2019 The Flavourworks began working to calculate its corporate carbon footprint. This was our first greenhouse gas assessment and as such provided baseline data from which future assessments – along with any future energy reduction activities – can be measured against.
This first greenhouse gas assessment*, which covered the emissions emitted over a 12 month period during 2018 and 2019, revealed a carbon footprint of 285.30 tons. The most carbon intensive activity was the company’s electricity usage, which amounted to just under 77% of the company’s carbon footprint. The remaining emissions were spread over a range of activities, including gas consumption, air travel, waste and business vehicle travel.**
Carbon emissions per employee = 2.20 tons
Our Next Steps
CO2balance recommended that The Flavourworks:
- Consider developing a carbon offset programme to effectively balance out these emissions to achieve Carbon zero status.
- Create a ‘green team’ to look at ways to reduce the company’s energy usage and wider sustainable practices.
- Consider the introduction of half hourly meters for our electricity and gas in order to review company’s energy use. This would provide regular “real time” reporting and show areas of potential energy spikes to investigate for reduction purposes.
Carbon Offset Programme
The Flavourworks has chosen three projects:
- RMDLT Portel-Para REDD Project Brazil.
- Uganda Borehole Rehabilitation Project.
- Malawi Borehole Project.
We are now offsetting our 286 tons of carbon emissions through these three projects. The work we are supporting includes clean water boreholes and we will have generated a staggering 180,000 litres of clean water and saved more than 100 tons of wood from being used over the next 12 months.
These are powerful statistics and we are very proud of them.
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*The Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064_1 standard defines three scopes that set operational boundaries when determining emissions. These are as follows:
- Scope 1 – Direct emissions (fuel combustion, company owned vehicles)
- Scope 2 – Indirect emissions (such as purchased electricity for own use)
- Scope 3 – Indirect emissions (outsourced operations, business travel in vehicles not owned by the company, embodied energy in products purchased, waste disposal).
**Distribution of goods created by The Flavourworks was discounted from this assessment; we do not own and run any haulage vehicles, as we contract another firm to deliver goods to clients. It was deemed that the emissions from these contracted vehicles would fall under the responsibility and ownership of the haulage company.