The Committee on Climate Change (the Committee) has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by measuring, managing and reducing its carbon emissions by over 8% over the period from May 2009–May 2011.
The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
The Committee achieved the 8% reduction by cutting its carbon footprint for its business emissions from 53.5tCO2e in 2009-10 to 49.1 tCO2e in 2010-11*.
This was achieved by encouraging behaviour change amongst staff to reduce the amount of electricity used in the office, and by introducing a travel policy to reduce the overall amount of travel, promote and monitor the use of sustainable transport.
The Committee has offset its business emissions over the two years from 2009-2011 using Carbon Retirement offsets** which is covered by the UK Government’s Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting, and which ensures best practice.
The Committee has also put in place a series of measures to ensure that the footprint of the analytical reports that it produces is reduced. This has included considering sustainability in all procurement decisions made throughout the organisation, printing limited numbers of reports, the use of a zero waste to landfill waterless printing process, and 100% recycled uncoated paper and vegetable inks.
David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee said:
“Cutting carbon is a priority for us and we are committed to achieving ambitious reductions by integrating sustainability into all business decisions”.
“We’re delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard. It is a great way of showing that we are on the front foot when it comes to carbon management”.
Harry Morrison, General Manager, the Carbon Trust Standard, said:
“We congratulate the Committee on Climate Change on its achievement. Earning the Carbon Trust Standard requires strong commitment to making real change and is well within the reach of those with desire to be part of a lower-carbon world. As a leader in the carbon certification market, it certifies organisations that have met rigorous criteria for measuring their carbon footprint, demonstrating they have well-implemented energy and carbon management systems in place and which have reduced emissions year on year.”
The Committee’s Annual report & Accounts for 2010-11 was laid before Parliament on 13th July 2011. It received full unqualified opinion from National Audit Office.
Notes to Editors:
The Committee on Climate Change (the Committee) is an independent statutory body established under the Climate Change Act to advise the UK Government on setting carbon budgets, and to report to Parliament on the progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions: www.theccc.org.uk/
- Annual Report & Accounts 2010-11 – this was laid before Parliament on 13th July 2011.
- Annual Report & Accounts 2009-10 was laid before Parliament on 15th July 2010.
- The CCC occupies the 1st floor of a building which has a Display Energy Certificate with a rating of ‘E’ (113). The CCC is in control of the use of electricity on its floor but has limited control over air conditioning and heating which is apportioned by floor space.
- The CCC monitors all business travel by staff in the secretariat and Committee members, and advises staff to avoid domestic flights and 1st class business travel.
- *These are the independently verified figures produced by the Carbon Trust following on from their assessment of the CCC’s business emissions. They are slightly different to those quoted in our Annual Report & Accounts for each year (see below) which came from our own monitoring of emissions – these figures were subsequently adjusted by an independent assessor appointed by the Carbon Trust in July 2011.
- The Committee’s business emissions for 1 May 2010 – 30 April 2011 amounted to 49tCO2e – of this the breakdown was as follows…Electricity for appliances – computers, lights etc (25%), Gas for heating (23%), Electricity for cooling – air conditioning (35%), Transport – for business (16%) Note: there is a difference between the figure reported in the Annual Report & Accounts (54.2tCO2e) and the figure in the Carbon Trust Standard report (53.5tCO2e). This is due to the calculations being based on different emissions factors used for converting energy to emissions.
- The Committee’s business emissions for 1 May 2009 – 30 April 2010 amounted to 54.2tCO2e – of this the breakdown was as follows…Electricity for appliances (27%), Gas for heating (24%), Electricity for cooling (30%), Transport (19%) Note: there is a difference between the figure reported in the Annual Report & Accounts (49.8 tCO2e) and the figure in the Carbon Trust Standard report (49.1tCO2e). This is due to the calculations being based on different emissions factors used for converting energy to emissions.
- In 2010-11, the Committee recycled 2.3 tonnes of waste through Viridor London recycling, which they have estimated resulted in avoided emissions of 1.45 tonnes CO2e.
- **In 2010-11, the Committee offset its emissions produced across all areas of the business (49.8tonnes CO2e at a cost of £1,056) through Carbon Retirement, which is covered by the UK Government’s Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting, which ensures best practice in carbon offsetting. **Emissions for 2009-10 were also offset in full through the same scheme.
The Carbon Trust Standard
- Over 500 organisations have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard since it was launched in June 2008. Collectively, the 500+ Carbon Trust Standard holders have cut their emissions by 3.6m tonnes of CO2e, as well as cutting their gas, electricity and fuel bills by over £165m.
- To date, the total carbon footprint certified by the Carbon Trust Standard is over 43 million tonnes of CO2e; equivalent to over 18% of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport.
- Organisations that are certified with the Carbon Trust Standard are listed at www.carbontruststandard.com/pages/current-standard-bearers