Abzorb Self Assessed Carbon Footprint

Posted 6 months ago

Period of review 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020

 

1.            General Company Information and background

Abzorb is a Limited company, incorporated in the UK.     Registered address is Armytage Road, Brighouse, HD6 1QF.

Abzorb has been mindful of its carbon footprint for many years and had already made many changes to our carbon output in the years leading up to our baseline. These are shown below;

  • When Abzorb purchased our owner-occupied premises in 2011, we under took a full refurbishment installing a new energy efficient boiler with thermostatic controls, along with the installation of 50 solar panels on the roof of the building.
  • We have also installed LED energy efficient lighting in most of our offices.
  • In 2010 we made a move to paperless billing with all but 2 customers not receiving their invoices in a paperless format.
  • During 2020 we switched to receiving online billing from our suppliers and paper copies are no longer printed. As a direct result of this, we have dramatically reduced the numbers of prints per month, with 7,494 pages being printed in January 2020 and only 3,919 by December 2020.
  • Our delivery company of choice is DPD who have an aim to reduce their CO2 emissions per parcel by 2025.

Abzorb intends to be a Carbon Net Zero company by 2050

2.            Reporting period

1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020

3.            Significant changes in emissions

Our reported emissions have seen a huge reduction in business travel due to the worldwide pandemic. This resulted in companies being closed for periods of time meaning we could not visit their premises. Some employees temporarily shifted to remote working in order to reduce the numbers in the building. Meetings were held over Zoom or other cloud-based software.

4.            Measuring and reporting approach

This Carbon Reduction Plan and report has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans. The Conversion factors 2020: condensed set, published on 2nd June 2021 have been used as the basis for our calculations.

5.            Organisational boundary

We have used the financial control approach.

GHG emissions data for period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 

 

Kg of CO2e 

 

 

2020 

Base Year 

2019 

Scope 1 

 

 

Controlled Cars

31,919

66,426

Purchased gas

3,592

3,775

Fugitive Emissions (e.g. air

conditioning)

0

0

Scope 2 

 

 

Purchased electricity

4,953

7,143

 

 

 

Scope 3 

 

 

Business Travel

11,891

26,716

Employee Commuting

41,613

46,794

T&D – UK electricity

426

606

Waste disposal

2,527

293

Water supply & Treatment

340

557

Upstream Transportation

900

729

TOTAL GROSS 

66,242

86,613

Electricity generated

(3,127)

(3,239)

TOTAL NET 

63,115

83,374

 

6.            Operational scope

We have measured our scope 1, 2 and significant scope 3 emissions.

7.            Base Year

Our base year is 2019 which we set using a fixed base year approach. Our base year recalculation policy is to recalculate our base year and the prior year emissions for relevant significant changes (e.g., acquisitions) which meet our significance threshold of 5% of total base year emissions.

NB. Employee commuting for our Base Year has been based of an average journey distance of 9.5 miles and average commute days per week of 4.85.

8.            Targets

Our emissions reduction target is to reduce our GHG emissions, scopes 1, 2, and 3 (for scope 3 only those emissions which relate to business travel) per employee/million £ of revenue by 25% from 2019 to 2029 with an aim to become Carbon Net Zero by 2050.

In order to achieve our target, we are currently reviewing our company car policy to include more Electric Vehicles, and looking at implementing a Cycle to Work Scheme, salary sacrifice for electric vehicles and also potential benefits to encourage our employees to travel to work using more energy efficient methods (i.e., public transport).

Towards the end of 2021, early 2022 we also plan to gain ISO:14001 accreditation.

Our progress towards reaching this target is good and we expect to meet this target in 2027.

Steve Beeby, Managing Director and Matt Dykes, Chief Operating Officer are responsible for the achievement of the target.

Abzorb’s ultimate goal is to reach Carbon Net Zero by 2050.

9.            Carbon offsets

We have not purchased any carbon credits, however if we did, those credits would be Kyoto compliant.

10.          Green tariffs

We do not currently purchase our electricity on a green tariff, however our supplier, British Gas have a fuel mix using 76% renewable energy, please see table below.

We will review the options for moving to a green tariff when our current contract expires in 2022.

Fuel Mix

We use a mixture of fuels to create the electricity we supply to customers.

British Gas fuel mix April 2019 – March 2020

 

British Gas Trading Limited

UK Average

Coal

0%

4%

Natural Gas

0%

39%

Nuclear

24%

17%

Renewables

76%

38%

Other Fuels

0%

2%

CO2 Emissions

0g/kWh

205 g/kWh

High Level Radioactive Waste

0.0017 g/kWh

0.0012 g/kWh

 

11.          Electricity Generation

8,942kWh of electricity has been generated during the reporting period from our solar panels (backed by REGOs). 4,471kWh of electricity has been exported to the grid.

 

Declaration and Sign-off

This Carbon Reduction Plan and report has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard1 and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting2.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard3.

1    https://ghgprotocol.org/corporate-standard

2    https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-conversion-factors-for-company-reporting

3    https://ghgprotocol.org/standards/scope-3-standard

 

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors.

 

Signed on behalf of Abzorb:

 

Steve Beeby

Steve Beeby Managing Director Date: 15th July 2021

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