How we offset ourselves
In order to become carbon neutral, we need to ‘offset’ all the emissions we produce as a company via something known as ‘carbon credits’, which are allocated when an organization takes steps to reduce their emissions or invests in initiatives that have a positive environmental impact.
We worked with Ecofye ↗, an independent climate action advisory. They undertook a circular assessment of our business operations – everything from our roasting, production, and shipping practices to office practices like daily vegan meals, team commutes, and business travel.
We then asked Climate Partner ↗ to assess our carbon footprint and recommend programs we could support which would offset that footprint with the biggest impact. We have been able to gather enough reliable data to offset our emissions retrospectively from July 2018. The total we produced and needed to offset was 1,588.90 tCO2e - which is equivalent to the carbon footprint of flying from London to New York some 1,200 times.
The emissions are split in two categories: products ↗ and corporate emissions ↗. Corporate emissions represent the team’s emissions, such as our collective commutes to the office, the vegan meals we cook daily, utilities, paper, flights, trains, and other modes of transport we take. It really is as extensive as it sounds!
To offset our CO2 emissions, we invested into two Gold Standard Carbon Projects: Biogas in Vietnam, and Clean Cookstoves in Peru. We chose these projects because they work at a grassroots level and have a tangible impact on the daily lives of local communities, especially those most directly affected by the negative effects of climate change. These offsets help generate work and improve livelihoods, which in turn improves education, local economies and all of the good stuff.
Helping to supply Vietnam with clean energy, this initiative contributes to 14 of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How it works: small-scale biogas plants are constructed in households throughout the country, using organic matter such as animal manure, which ferments when deprived of oxygen to produce biogas. This is a clean and affordable source of energy that can be used for cooking, heating and fuel, and negates the need for burning wood or coal. Not only does this counteract deforestation, but it also helps improve sanitation and produces a natural fertilizer that can then be used for harvesting.
This project provides clean, energy-efficient cookstoves to households across Peru who would otherwise depend on open fire in enclosed spaces. Clean cookstoves cuts vast amounts of carbon emissions, contributes to 12 of the UN’s SDGs, and has so far supported around half a million families living in poverty. How it works: Supplying efficient and clean cookstoves to families in poor, rural parts of Peru helps prevent the use of traditional stoves which not only guzzle huge amounts of energy but pose serious health risks such as respiratory and eye problems, and can even lead to death.