Working with Climate Neutral, an organisation working towards a net-zero world by 2050, is a process that comes in three steps, and happens at the beginning of every year. First: working out what our carbon footprint has been for the past 12 months. Offsetting that. Then setting our targets for the next year.
This is where things get a little science-y. You’ve been warned.
Our carbon footprint in 2021 was 3,563 tCO2 (which means we released 3,562 tonnes of carbon dioxide)
To put that into perspective, the average UK person's carbon footprint is 10 tCO2 per year.
We also broke it down, so we know where we’re using the most. Beco operations was using 2tCO2 (this is mostly the sales team visiting customers). Beco HQ was using 3 tCO2. And by far the biggest is our supply chain, which was using 3,558 tCO2. This includes sourcing the raw materials, building the products, and getting them in your (our customers) hands/ paws.
At the end of the day, we’re a business, so we can never be 100% sustainable. But as long as we produce carbon, we’re going to work to offset it at the very least and aim to produce less every year.
"Offsetting carbon means that for every tonne of carbon we release, we do something to take that carbon away again (or stop that same amount entering the atmosphere)"
To offset our carbon emissions we buy carbon credits (a carbon offset credit represents a certain amount of CO2). For example, to offset our 3,562 tCO2, we’d get the equivalent in credits. These credits will go to Beco-approved projects that either prevent or take out the same amount of carbon from our atmosphere, whilst providing us with background on how they help to draw carbon from, or prevent carbon entering, our atmosphere.
So, for example, these credits might go towards building a wind farm (preventing more carbon from entering our atmosphere in the future). Or work with projects that protect trees (soaking up the carbon that’s already out there).
We’re looking forward to sharing more about the projects that help offset our carbon
As soon as we can, we’ll share which projects we’re supporting and how they’re working to draw carbon from, or prevent carbon entering, our atmosphere.
So once we’ve measured our carbon emissions and worked to offset them, we then make a target for the following year to produce even less carbon. Then the following year, there’ll be less carbon emissions to offset, and we’ll stay in line with the targets set by The Paris Climate Agreement.
Our work with Climate Neutral is constant, and every year we’ll keep you up to date with our carbon emissions, how we’re offsetting them, and what our next year's target is.