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Carbon reduction plan

Updated: 18 June 2024

Committed to achieving net zero

We (Aire Logic Limited) are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2030.

Baseline emissions footprint

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

Current emissions reporting

Emmissions reduction targets

Our yearly emissions have increased since the last reporting period, this is due to:

  1. More people returning to the office for work, with a corresponding rise in Scope 3 emissions (commuting).
  2. An increase in our headcount by more than 10%, further contributing to an increase in carbon emissions.

Whilst our emissions are rising we do have ongoing activities and further plans in place to both reduce and offset these emissions and remain confident of achieving our 2030 Net Zero commitment.

In order to achieve Net Zero status, we have put in place the following carbon reduction targets.

We anticipate that carbon emissions will reduce by 28% (9.3% per year) for the next 3 years (2024-2027) and then more rapidly by 24% per year (2028- 2030). Progress against these targets can be seen in the graph below:

Note: following the increase of emissions in this reporting period and determined to remain an exemplar carbon-low consultancy we are engaging external advice and have re-evaluated our approach to maintaining our projected targets. We intend to utilise high quality carbon removal credits to at least offset any residual gap between our actual emissions and target emissions. We believe this will allow us to meet our tapered reduction to Net Zero in 2030 through a combined means of both reduction and offsetting. However, we remain determined to keep Scope 3 emissions as low as possible and report transparently when we fail to do so. We are currently in the process of working with advisory partners to provide the quality carbon neutral credits that best align with our business.

All staff carbon emissions - Actual and predicted 2022-2024

Carbon Reduction Projects

Below are a list of company-wide initiatives:

Completed projects

The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2022 baseline. These measures will be in effect when performing the contract.

  1. Our (hybrid) majority-remote working policy, planned prior to the Covid pandemic, continues to be in place. It not only reduces our commuting related emissions but also energy to run offices and manage a rapidly growing workforce with limited workspace.
  2. Aire Logic advocated a paperless policy in 2010. Staff collaborate on Google’s G Suite platform and store documents in our Cloud storage space rather than print paper copies. We chose G Suite as our collaboration platform as Google is carbon neutral and is committed to be 100% carbon free by 2030.
  3. Parallel to our hybrid working policy, we have moved to virtual meetings both internally and externally, where possible, to reduce business and commuting travel.
  4. Our offices are supplied with electricity for power and lighting through a 100% renewable tariff.
  5. We have conducted a waste audit and improved recycling facilities to enable staff to recycle with increased ease.
  6. In 2023 we launched the Salary Sacrifice Octopus EV scheme to help staff buy electric vehicles and reduce their personal carbon footprint. 17 staff members have ordered vehicles and nearly 50% of staff have expressed an interest in buying a vehicle through this scheme.
  7. We offer a Cycle to Work scheme for staff who commute into work in line with the Government's Green Transport Plan.
  8. We have an established Green Guild, a voluntary group of staff members who lead sustainability activities — such as using company time (Aire Time) to support voluntary tree planting — and carbon reduction or offsetting projects.
  9. We have invested £10,200 in a Ripple Energy solar park and a further £11,500 in a Ripple Energy wind farm. Ripple is a clean energy platform that enables consumers to invest in green infrastructure projects. Our investments will go towards building a new solar park and wind farm. This investment will allow the construction of infrastructure to produce the renewable energy equivalent of 100% of our predicted office electricity usage for the next 40 years, as well as reducing bills. Correspondingly this would help us reach carbon neutrality and take us one step closer to our net zero targets.
  10. Certification in ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and adherence to ISO 26000 (Social Responsibility), Corporate Social Responsibility is central to our operations. Our Environmental Management System (EMS) supports our Net Zero commitments through management and monitoring of measurable targets.
  11. We have amended our Company Travel Expenses Policy to emphasise that the environmental impact of the chosen method of travel must be considered alongside the financial cost.

On-going endeavours

  1. Switching to greener suppliers where possible who also have net zero carbon commitments. One example of this is using a local coffee roastery, North Star, which is a certified B-corp committed to minimising environmental impact with their business.
  2. Annual staff surveys to establish commuting and home-working energy usage, so that future efforts to mitigate carbon emissions from these activities can be measured.
  3. Staff have the option to choose a remanufactured laptop from Circular Computing, instead of a new laptop. For every 2 staff who choose this option 0.6t CO2e which would have been produced over the 3-year life of the laptops, has been removed from our carbon footprint. When our existing inventory of laptops has been exhausted, remanufactured laptops will be provided as the default, when appropriate for the role.
  4. Rather than a traditional ‘swag box’ new starters will receive, in their name, an investment in a selection of environmentally-beneficial initiatives, including reforestation and biodiversity projects.

Future plans

  1. We will continue to investigate and evaluate options for carbon reduction including subsidising the use of Public Transport for employees and reviewing our office locations to reduce commuting for future contracts.
  2. As noted above we intend to utilise high quality carbon removal credits to at least offset any residual gap between our actual emissions and target emissions. We are currently in the process of selecting appropriate companies to both validate this assumption and provide the quality carbon neutral credits that best align with our business. We believe this may include activities such as forest and woodland offsetting and investing in an organisation that plants trees in the UK or a tropical location, or purchasing un-wooded land and arranging planting ourselves.
  3. As the Greenhouse Gas Protocol suggests that emissions from working from home (teleworking) may be included in Scope 3 emissions, we intend to investigate how this can also be mitigated through offsetting.

Declaration and Sign Off

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standards for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standardand uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting2.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard3.

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).