Bennison Brown | Carbon Initiative

Carbon Initiative

Bennison Brown is now carbon neutral company

Over the past few years, we have consciously made the effort to reduce our energy consumption across our London and Bristol offices. We reviewed our daily routine and looked at ways we could reduce our impact on the environment by recycling, lowering heating, ensuring lighting and plugs are only turned on when required and eliminated tangible marketing material. We also actively encourage our employees who work from home to reduce their energy use at home and promote environmentally friendly ways of working.

We have a team at Bennison Brown who meet every quarter to discuss our carbon footprint and ways of how we can further help the environment. We believe that even small, simple changes can have a huge positive impact.

We wanted to go a step further and set ourselves a goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2022.

To achieve this, we worked with ClimatePartner. ClimatePartner calculate companies CO2 emissions, identify emission hot spots, and help develop CO2 reduction strategies.

Our total carbon emissions from working from home and across our London and Bristol offices was 30,578.26 kgCO2e, which is the equivalent of 36 economy flights from London Heathrow to JFK. As most of our staff work remotely, the key emission hotspots were purchased electronic devices and home office use. Due to our renewable energy use, emissions relating to electricity were low.

To become carbon neutral, an organisation must purchase carbon offsets that either result in carbon reductions, efficiencies, or sinks. Our offset project is a Wind Energy Farm in Brazil.

The project is the implantation and operation of 14 wind power plants in Northeast Brazil. This provides clean and renewable electricity which is important contribution to environmental sustainability as wind energy is created without burning fossil fuels.

There are also many socioeconomic benefits to this project, specifically for the local community. The project helps provide training and education to local teachers and the construction of new schools. It supports producers to reduce poverty in the local areas by increasing productivity and reducing inequalities by the development of basic infrastructure in rural households. It also helps provide vital clean water, food and sanitation to the local community.

At the start of 2023, we will work with ClimatePartner again to calculate our 2022 carbon emissions and will choose another project to offset our emissions.

To find out more about our work with ClimatePartner and view our official certificate, please follow this link.

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