Carbon Neutral Statement
Carbon Neutral Policy Statement, 2021
In 2021, we decided to extend our environmental management programme to become a carbon-neutral company. Tackling climate change was becoming more and more important, and we chose to take a lead in reducing and offsetting emissions. Carbon offsetting is compensating for your own, unavoidable emissions by financing an emission reduction project elsewhere.
That finance purchases carbon credits, equivalent to one tonne of CO2 each, which the emission reduction projects generate and are audited by an independent third-party. These are bought by Wild Harbour Fish Company and then ‘retired’ (i.e. taken off the market to stop anyone else claiming the same reduction).
Offsetting is one of the many tools that we need to combat climate change because it delivers immediate results and finances low carbon sustainable development throughout the world that would not otherwise happen. As climate change is a global issue, saving emissions anywhere in the world will help. Offsetting is not a replacement for a company doing everything it can to reduce its own emissions directly.
How is Wild Harbour Fish Company Carbon Neutral?
We follow these three steps to become carbon-neutral:
We calculate our greenhouse gas emissions at the end of each financial year. To do this we calculate our CO2e emissions i.e., our premises, company owned vehicles and refrigerant use and emissions including business travel and waste sent to landfill.
We are committed to avoiding and reducing our emissions before offsetting to achieve our carbon-neutral status. In 2021, we set our ambition to halve our absolute greenhouse gas emissions and become net-zero carbon by 2030 for our small business, which includes our suppliers and customers.
We have partnered up with Carbon Neutral Britain to develop a report on our entire organisations carbon emissions- and have offset our usage in 2021 through the Carbon Neutral Britain Climate Fund™.
We have initially offset our Carbon, and we are working in the long term to reduce our impact. We intend to audit our carbon emissions and calculate our footprint annually and review our progress against the actions set out below:
- Encourage all staff to undertake the ‘Cut carbon and cut costs’ training modules with the Carbon Trust to help raise awareness.
- Ensure lights are turned off in areas when not in use and all lights are turned off at night and over the weekends.
- Make use of natural light when possible. Use blinds only to direct the light to prevent glare, rather than blocking light altogether.
- Replace filament style light bulbs with energy saving lights.
- Ensure that the heating thermostat is on the right level, so there is no need to open windows.
- Turn down the heating thermostat to a maximum of 19 centigrade in winter months.
- Programme heating systems to only come on to prevent frost over the holidays.
- Ensure that radiators are not covered.
- Book regular boiler checks, to ensure systems are working as efficiently as possible.
- Increase the office building’s insulation and ensure that drafts are blocked.
- Switch off computers, laptops and printers at source, when not in use.
- Investigate changing to a green electricity supplier.
- Repair dripping taps (especially hot water taps).
- Only fill kettles with the required amount of water.
- Continue to conduct communications online to reduce paper usage and waste.
- Provide a central waste and a central recycling point.
- Aim to source goods locally, where possible.
- Aim where possible, to use video conferencing or telephone instead of travel.
- For necessary trips, try where possible to use public transport, try to plan more than one meeting in the area.
- Encourage staff to practice eco-driving techniques and ensure vehicles are maintained regularly.
Why We Invested in The Climate Fund
The poorest countries of the world will be hit first and hardest by climate change, with droughts, floods and famines already taking their toll. In response to this, the UK Government has launched the International Climate Fund (ICF) to help reduce poverty and tackle climate change in developing countries. The ICF will help poor countries to protect the lives and jobs that are most at risk from climate change. It will support poor countries to adapt farming to a changing climate, protect precious water resources, and help poor people cope with more frequent extreme weather events.
Low carbon development will help the poorest countries to boost their economies and tackle poverty, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions and the impact of climate change. The ICF will help poor countries to seize the opportunities that a low carbon economy can bring. By transforming energy systems to use low carbon sources such as solar power, it will enable millions of poor people without electricity to access clean energy, allowing homes and businesses to thrive. The ICF will also tackle the deforestation that takes away access to fuel, food and a living from the 1.2 billion poor people who depend on forests. Forests play an important role in preserving biological diversity, with 50-80 per cent of biodiversity located in forests. Cutting down trees also contributes 17 per cent to global carbon emissions.
Future Plans for Net Zero
Wild Harbour Fish Company is committed to protecting the environment by demonstrating high standards of environmental responsibility in all our operations and minimising the environmental impacts associated with our activities, products and services. We recognise the importance of decarbonising our business, and we have set an ambitious goal for Wild Harbour Fish Company operations to become Net Zero within the next 10 years.
Our strategy for our operations to achieve net-zero carbon emissions is based on:
- Implementing, maintaining and communicating this policy across the firm and making it available to all interested parties.
- Legislative compliance and demonstration of best practice.
- Strategic decision-making and improved operational practices, decarbonising our business.
- Measurement, monitoring, analysis and reporting of our carbon emissions through Carbon Neutral Britain.
- Establishment and regular review of objectives and targets and publication of our performance against these objectives.
- Investment of appropriate resources and information to achieve our objectives and targets.
- Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and IT systems and sourcing renewable energy where technically and commercially practicable.
- Continued investment in agile working and IT and communication systems.
- Minimising business travel.
- Working with our supply chain to improve performance.
- Training and supporting our staff to inform and empower them to implement carbon-neutral solutions at work and at home.
- Advising and working with our clients to achieve aligned Net Zero goals.
- Being a signatory of appropriate external initiatives so that we learn, share best practice and collaborate to champion positive environmental change; and
- Considering carbon offsetting for residual carbon emissions.