Epimorphics & Our Carbon Footprint
Epimorphics Ltd is committed to adopting good sustainability practices. We recognise that, through our business activities and operations, we inevitably have environmental, social and economic impacts. Therefore, wherever practical and consistent with our business goals, we aim throughout our business activities to maximise our positive and minimise our negative sustainable development related impacts and thereby promote a more sustainable future.
- Epimorphics is aware that sustainability is important and is committed to adopting sustainable business practises
- Sustainability impacts will be considered in all business decisions
- Practical steps and policies will be developed and used to guide day to day operations and other business decisions in all relevant areas of our activities
- Measurable sustainability goals will be defined, reported to shareholders and reviewed
As part of meeting and adopting good sustainability practises we have been reviewing and monitoring our business carbon footprint in more detail, alongside our broader environment and sustainability policy commitments.
It is widely accepted by scientists that global warming is being heavily influenced by the actions of humans and that urgent action needs to be taken.
Here at Epimorphics, we firmly believe that, as a company, we have a responsibility to assess and proactively plan to reduce and manage our emissions as much as possible. Under current regulations we are not legally required to report our Greenhouse Gas emissions as set out by the UK government’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) policy but we are fully committed to doing as much as we can and playing our part in the wider effort.
Here, we set out a brief outline of the things that we have already set into motion and those that are planned as we move forward.
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The goal of corporate carbon footprint assessments is to quantify, as far as possible, the GHG (Greenhouse) emissions associated with the operations of an organisation.
GHG emissions, may be direct emissions, (e.g. from burning fossil fuels on site or in corporately owned vehicles) or indirect emissions (e.g. through the use of electricity on corporate premises, business travel, purchasing of goods and services and the use of products or services by customers).
The footprinting process involves creating an inventory of the GHG emissions of an organisation and its activities. There are many ways that could be used to estimate the GHG emissions associated with these associated activities. For that reason there are standards defined for how organisations should prepare and calculate a corporate-level GHG emissions inventory (footprint).
Scope 1 – Direct emissions from sources an organisation owns or controls
Scope 2 – Indirect emissions due to the production of electricity, heat, or steam used by an organisation
Scope 3 – Indirect emissions from activities upstream and downstream, along the supply chain
OUR FOOTPRINT (October 2020 – September 2021)
For our 2020 / 2021 financial year the audited total emissions for scope 1, 2 and primary 3 footprint (homeworking, business travel, employee commuting and scope 3 energy emissions) was approx. 17.23 tCO2e (location-based) and 16.76 tCO2e (market-based). In addition we estimated our supply chain emissions in line with the UK SECR (Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting) methodologies. The combined total is 47.20 tCO2e, which is likely to be an overestimate due to known carbon reductions by some parts of the supply chain. Our 2020 / 2021 financial year data was independently audited by Carbon Footprint Ltd.
We have decided that offsetting the higher amount, including our estimated supply chain emissions makes sure that we are offsetting beyond our emissions. We are therefore certified as Carbon Neutral Plus.
To do this we have decided to offset through an accredited scheme. For our 2020 / 2021 financial year offsetting, we’ve chosen a scheme that supports the planting of trees in the UK, in particular in the South West and Wales. The project mainly plants in school locations, helping to educate children and support wildlife habitats whilst sequestering carbon emissions.
For each 1 tCO2e offset, one tree is planted in the UK and an additional 1 tCO2e is offset through a VCS Tree Buddying project to guarantee the emission reductions.
Comparisons to previous year
Our audited data can be compared to our footprint estimates for 2019/2020. These were not externally audited but used the same calculation methods. In 2019/2020 our scope 1, 2 and primary scope 3 were approx. 20.4 tCO2e and the Scope 3 supply chain emissions were approximately 45 tCO2e.
The years 2019/20 and 2020/21 were significantly different in a number of ways. Oct 2019 to March 2020 were prior to the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions and so includes significantly more office based energy use and employee commuting but far less home-working. Very roughly speaking for Scope 1, 2 and primary Scope 3, these cancelled out with 2020/21 being some 2.6 tCO2e lower (12.6% decrease) because our employee commuting was more carbon intensive overall, than the changes in energy use due to home working.
The scope 3 supply chain differences are in part due to Covid 19 pandemic changes, e.g. 2019/20 incurred an additional 5 tCO2e of goods purchased a proportion of which was due to the switch to working at home as lock down started and a reduction in the use of waste and water services required as the office was closed, but also simply year to year changes in operations, such as a reduction in use of cloud and consultant services.