With the climate change conversation being brought into the spotlight, more businesses are being encouraged to consider carbon neutrality and make better, environmentally friendly choices.
At Ready Steady Store, we are committed to doing our bit for the planet so we engaged with Carbon Neutral Britain in July 2021, with the ambition to measure and offset our total emissions and to become a carbon neutral business.
In the report by Carbon Neutral Britain, they recorded that our total carbon footprint was calculated to be 615 tCO2e and it was identified that, as a storage provider with 26 locations, our main emissions occur from energy consumption across the facilities.
A small amount of emissions was from our forklifts and fridges at each of our locations, but the main source of emissions occurred from the mileage from our company owned cars from July 2020 to July 2021.
Another main source of energy emissions came from the electricity consumption across all 26 stores.
It is also worth noting that this report was conducted during COVID-19, while many of our staff were working remotely, but the energy consumption from staff in their own homes was also measured.
Finally, waste usage was the third and final main source of emissions. Other small emissions came from business travel, commuting, hotel stays, water consumption and the delivery on items.
So, what are we going to do about it?
The report provided us with some key recommendations which included:
We are already making steps towards improvement and as of August 2021, we are proud to say that we are a carbon neutral business.
We have been able to achieve this through our investment in Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER) and Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes.
These range from reforestation programmes in South America to woodland management initiatives at home in the UK.
However, our work isn’t done.
We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2025, whilst continuing to invest in carbon offsetting programmes to ensure that we are playing our part to tackle the climate emergency.
There are a number of ways in which we can (and will) achieve this aim, including:
The LED lights have already been rolled out across several stores and the majority of company cars are now hybrid too, so we are making good progress but we all have a part to play in tackling climate change and only by acting now can we make real change.