In 2012 an audit of all our energy use, car fuel, travel skips to landfill, and other emissions etc. was carried out and the raw data was sent to Carbon Earth Ltd who are specialists in interpreting the data. From the data supplied Carbon Earth calculated the Carbon Dioxide or Equivalent Emissions for the year to 31 December 2011 using methodologies established by DEFRA.
Carbon Earth calculates our total Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or equivalent emissions to be 285 tonnes per annum. This represents our baseline for total emissions. We have an objective in 2012 to reduce this by 20% in the year. This will be done by capital investment in the fabric of our buildings. Specifically, we will be replacing the widows and front door, which were 1920’s construction with modern double glazed units. The inefficient gas oil boiler will be replaced with a modern efficient equivalent.
In the workshops we are fitting electrical cut out switches which will shut off the space heaters whenever the front doors are opened e.g. to load and unload trucks. The workshop windows will be also be replaced, again to reduce heat loss to the outside, bearing in mind that the winters in Glasgow can be quite challenging.
Of course we continue to recycle extensively and very little goes down the drain or into the atmosphere.
In order to meet our target we have also sponsored the planting of hardwood trees which over the course of their expected lives of 100 years will offset our carbon emissions. In fact Carbon Earth have calculated that this to be an offset of 25.6 tonnes of carbon which is just under 9% of our annual emissions. All of the trees will be planted in the UK.
Carbon Earth have certified our carbon offset and have provided the grid co-ordinates of the trees concerned. We are pleased to be working with Carbon Earth and sponsor their valuable work.