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Environmental - Beyond Carbon Neutral

Service Care Solutions have been awarded with “beyond carbon neutral” status meaning that we have offset 150% of the carbon we produced in 2016. Below you can find out more about the processes we have been through in order to achieve this and what we are planning for the future.

The first part of the beyond carbon neutral journey was for us was to understand our carbon footprint; in February 2017 Service Care Solutions engaged with Delta-Simons in order to better understand our impact on the environment by producing a report calculating the tonnes of carbon which the business produced in the 12 months of 2016. Delta-Simons are an internationally recognised company who specialise in environmental studies in many guises, they are a specialist in the creation of these reports; we felt that it was important to engage with an independent and experienced company in this field to ensure our environmental goals are fully achieved.

The headline figure from the report created by Delta-Simons is that in 2016 SCS was responsible for the creation of 43.51 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

SCS Carbon Output (Pie Chart)

As you can see from our chart, over 85% of our carbon emissions measured for 2016 came from our use of electricity, this is above average across the UK when looking at carbon per sq meters, however this can be explained by the fact that our heating in the winter is provided principally by electric. Our reliance on electric is offset by the relatively small amount of gas we use for a small amount of traditional radiators and our hot water. When considering our carbon output per sq meter as a whole, SCS are below the national average. The report states that "the carbon intensity ratio (including only Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for gas and electricity ) for floor space is 66 kgCO2e / m2/year. This demonstrates a 12% improvement on the CIBSE industry standard of 75 kgCO2/m2/year for a general office.

The report which Delta-Simons have produced is based on figures for 2016 and includes our electricity, gas and paper usage, these elements are the ones for which we could access information for the year 2016. As we have discovered through our engagement with Delta-Simons, carbon emmisions are split into three groups commonly known as scopes; within scope 1 is directly burnt fossil fuels such as gas, scope 2 concerns electric usage and scope three concerns other activities which may produce carbon indirectly such as paper usage, public transport, etc. If you would like some more information on the scopes, you can find it at the Carbon Trust website.

This means that scope 1 and scope 2 are fully accounted for in the report, whereas only paper usage from scope 3 has been taken into consideration. In future years we will be aiming to more closely measure elements from scope 3 such as public transport usage, however there needs to be further investigation into how we can better measure emissions from our waste and recycling, commuting and other emissions.

Through our engagement with Delta-Simons we have been recognised as "Beyond Carbon Neutral" which verifies SCS' commitment to offsetting 150% of our carbon output, 100% of our output for scope 1 and 2  is offset through a certified and globally recognised carbon offset project. A further 50% of our carbon is mitigated through tree planting here in the UK, this is arranged by the Woodland Trust, they help protect existing woodland in the UK but also create new woodlands through tree planting projects such as the one which SCS has contributed to.

SCS are not only looking to offset our carbon footprint but we are looking to reduce our usage and wastage through various projects within the business: Commuting - SCS' main office is based in Preston city centre and has excellent public transport links, we are less than a 5 minute walk from the train station and within easy reach of many bus routes due to our proximity to the main shopping areas of Preston. We are currently looking at ways of encouraging our staff to make use of public transport. 

Recycling - SCS has recently invested in recycling bins in all of the recreational areas of it's offices. This recycling is collected each week and taken away for processing. Every member of staff is encouraged to recycle as much as possible. Paperless - SCS are continually aiming to reduce the amount of paper we use. Historically the biggest usage has been through our payroll processes however with online timesheets and electric invoicing processes this has been drastically reduced. SCS continue to make efforts to reduce our paper usage through our commitment to a sustainable business model.

Reduction of energy usage - SCS are currently in the process of replacing all of our single glazed windows with modern, energy efficient double glazing units. This will significantly improve the thermal properties of the building and reduce the amount of heating the building will require. In addition to this, we are also in talks with our electricity supplier in order to ensure all of SCS' energy comes only from renewable sources.

Cycle To Work Scheme - SCS offer a cycle to work scheme for all of it's employees and encourages people to commute to work on their bicycles.