Our total carbon footprint for 2009 was 1629 tonnes CO2e (down from 2025 tonnes in 2007). This equates to 8.9 tonnes per full time equivalent staff member (13.1 in 2007), or 8.0 tonnes per £100,000 of expenditure (12.5 in 2007).
We have therefore reduced our footprint by 20 per cent over two years, our carbon intensity per staff member by 32 per cent and our intensity per £100,000 of expenditure by 36 per cent.
- In addition to the figures reported in the table, participants travelling to overseas challenge events which we promoted incurred a further 113 tones of CO2e (down from 262 tonnes in 2008). We have not included these emissions in our own footprint but have compensated for them.
- We note that most other organisations that have reported on their carbon footprint have restricted their measurements to energy use and travel. However, we believe that such reporting represents a significant underestimation of an organisation’s true emissions.
- If we exclude paper from our calculations, our carbon footprint for 2009 is 583 tonnes CO2e (down from 587 tonnes in 2007). While this is a negligible reduction in absolute terms, it equates to 3.2 tonnes per full time equivalent staff member (a reduction of 17 per cent on 2007), or 2.9 tonnes per £100,000 of expenditure (20 per cent down on 2007).
- We do not believe that the aim of ‘carbon neutrality’ offers a sufficient response to our organisational footprint. Rather than offset our emissions, we have chosen to support UNICEF programmes which help communities to adapt to climate change.Take a look at Climate Positive for more details.