MacConvilles Achieves Carbon Neutrality
20th April 2020
MacConvilles Surveying is delighted to announce that we have been Carbon Footprint Assessed by Carbon Footprint Ltd. As an ongoing commitment towards reducing our impact on the environment, we allowed our daily practices to be scrutinised by the company so that we could highlight areas for improvement. This is what we discovered.
What is Carbon Neutral?
Carbon neutrality is achieved by calculating a carbon footprint and reducing it to zero through a combination of efficiency measures in-house and supporting external emission reduction projects. A carbon neutral certification demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to sustainability, reduction of carbon emissions and the support of environmental projects. Our footprint has been calculated based on the way we work, our energy sources and fuel data.
As a Surveying company, we have always aimed to work in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The results show that MacConvilles has an overall carbon footprint of 32.67 tonnes, around 3.02 tonnes per employee, with the majority of emissions coming from travel and commuting. The global average is around 4 tonnes per person, although it is essential this is reduced to prevent further global warming.
Improving our Practices
So, while our score is good, there is still more that can be done. We will improve our score by carbon offsetting, which involves paying for more trees to be planted, which will then soak up the same amount of carbon dioxide as we have produced. We are also looking at rewarding staff who car-share and will support other eco-friendly commuting and working options.
MacConvilles is committed to making the change for the good of the planet. Working across private, public and commercial sectors, our teams provide environmental advice to our clients. We assist by in ensuring construction and development is cost-effective, practical and eco-friendly. We are certified ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems and have qualifications in environmental assessment techniques, such as BREEAM. This enables us to look at the carbon footprint and costs of our clients, helping them to reduce their impact, as well as our own.