Carbon Neutral since 2011.
It was interesting to hear the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, talk at the end of September ‘19 about the very real risks of the climate crisis. He went on to say that “Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt.”
The ever escalating climate crisis is the defining issue of the 21st century, the very survival of the planet is in our hands. We all have our part to play; whether that is junking the diesel cars, embarking on a tree planting programme or just simply cutting your carbon footprint – now is the time to act. Now is the time to shout about it.
We think companies, big and small, have their part to play and that is why Connected has been on the road to carbon neutrality since 2010. We have cut CO2 emissions by over 80% with 100% of energy used coming from renewables. Business travel miles are now 75%/25% on public transport vs car – the exact opposite of where it was a decade ago. Diesel transport was outlawed in 2011, full flexible working for all arrived in 2013, low emissions transport in 2015, and carbon neutrality in 2016.
Next year will see the tenth anniversary of our environmental policy and we think we can still do more. So much so, we aiming to be carbon positive by the time the year is out. That is to say we’ll use up less carbon than we capture by cutting carbon emissions to the bone and embarking of a UK carbon capture campaign in association with a number of UK charities.
More than that, we want the Connected to play a leading role in driving positive climate change policy. So for 2020, we’re committing to the following:
- We will continue improving and reducing our environmental footprint above and beyond just carbon to include gross consumption, recycling, plastic use, air pollution, fair trade, tax equality, and ethical sourcing.
- We commit to spreading the word on climate issues and supporting individual causes and campaigns. We have always had a soft-spot for the planet we call home and now we’re directly spending a percentage of our turnover to make sure the world can be a better place.
- We are adjusting our working practices and policies to address the climate pinch-points that most businesses face. This includes zero commuting, no rush-hour travel, flexible working, home offices, supply-chain management, cloud-delivery of services, low-energy provision of digital services, and peer-to-peer hierarchy.
- Continually review our policy to ensure it is still relevant, up to date and correct. Learning and information changes understanding (think Dieselgate) and we must adapt quickly and decisively.
- We shall not bow down to the gods of growth: Aggressively growing a business is wasteful, so we commit to grow our business organically, sustainably and be here for the long game.
- We commit to increasing our contribution to the planet over the next years and by 2030 we plan to have sequestered approx 3,000 tonnes of CO2 – about double the carbon we consumed, and recycle/upcycle 100% of what we consume – that’s zero landfill waste.
- We fund the sequestering of carbon dioxide in trees, hedgerows, and plants. This is done directly through Forest Carbon and indirectly through donations to The Woodland Trust. Both are UK-based.
- Finally, inspired by Microsoft, we are committed to remove our entire carbon footprint going back to 1996. This is on target to completed by 2025, thereby eradicating any CO2 trace we might have left.
There are always ways we can reduce CO2 output further and we actively look to the longer term when making choices that affect carbon emissions.
For example, company vehicles now cover only 5,000 business miles each year – at an average of just 85g/km. By 2025 the business mileage is targeted to be 20% lower and average emissions under 50g/km.
We are, by some margin, the cleanest part of our supply chain, and we are working to “green” the whole shooting match by driving down energy usage at the core of digital service delivery, and by using more efficient suppliers, partners, and services.
First published 2011. Updated Feb 2020.