We take the impact of our work on the environment and climate seriously. As part of our commitment to minimise this impact, we are working to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of the services we provide.
At the outset of any piece of work commissioned through our service we include an indicative carbon footprint 'budget'. This is based on two factors - air travel and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with energy use for heating and cooling office space, and running office equipment. We then report back on our CO2 emissions by providing a final carbon footprint once a piece of work has come to an end. The carbon footprint calculation is based on a simple methodology that uses standard emissions factors published by the UK Departments for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Energy and Climate Change (DECC), supplemented with International Energy Agency data to establish emissions when working outside of the UK.
By monitoring our carbon footprint in this way, we ensure that we consider ways to reduce environmental impact when we are planning to undertake a piece of work, and reflect on what we could have done better at the final stage of the work - thus informing best practice for future assignments. We recognise that our carbon footprint doesn't capture all of our environmental impacts, so our Joint Venture takes extra measures to manage its consumption of products like paper and resources such as water, and that we reduce, reuse and recycle our waste.
Calculating your footprint
Individuals and organisations can find out ways to measure and reduce their carbon footprint here.