(Last Updated On: 23rd August 2011)

It’s been six months since I last talked about carbon emissions.  You can find out how I measure my carbon emissions and some of the things I do to cut my emissions in my previous blogs: Craker Business Solutions’ Carbon-footprint  and Craker Business Solutions Carbon Footprint Take 2.

Here are the results for the last three, 6 month periods:

Scope Emissions in CO2e tonnes

6 Months to 30 June 2011

Emissions in CO2e tonnes

6 Months to 31 December 2010

Emissions in CO2e tonnes

6 Months to 30 June 2010

Scope 1

  • Natural Gas

  • 0.11

  • 0.12

  • 0.12
Scope 2

  • Purchased Electricity

Note: During these periods I opted for a hydro-electricity supplier, hence these emissions are those which would have been incurred if I opted for fossil fuel powered electricity.


  • 0.42

  • 0.44

  • 0.44
Scope 3

  • Business travel, including, train, bus, taxis, and car share.

  • 0.02

  • 0.09

  • 0.11


Other than illustrating that my business continues to keep its emissions low and seeks to reduce them where possible, what do these numbers mean, and why calculate them?

There are 3 main benefits to monitoring and reporting my carbon emissions which I will cover in this blog.

One: I illustrate my commitment to run my business in an environmentally conscious way,

It is important to be transparent, so my clients and other businesses can trust in my environmental credentials.

Two: I gain insight into how my business emits carbon and hence where I can cut emissions,

For example for transport:

My transport emissions are already quite low as I mainly cycle or use public transport.  But what I found interesting this time, is that by removing 2 long distance journeys I cut my transport emissions by 77%!  In July 2011 I went to teach at a school in Cardiff as part of a programme to inspire teenagers to think about the value of money.  This one return trip in a car with 3 other people has generated almost the same amount of carbon as my business emitted on all transport in the last 6 months.  This illustrates the negative impact of choosing a car over public transport.   I’ve already suggested we go by train for the Edinburgh teaching event!

Three: I can calculate a pound value to offset the remaining emissions. 

Using a previous analogy, Craker Business Solutions has generated 0.13 tonnes of CO2 in the last 6 months (although this is only the part I’ve been able to measure).  1 tonne is 556m3 which is approximately the volume of a 3 bedroom house. So imagine that house has 6 rooms, in 6 months my business has pumped out enough CO2 to fill the bathroom.  At the end of 3 years of trading I will probably have filled the house.

I’ve decided to offset these emissions by investing directly in local renewable energy.  That way I know my money is going to produce new renewable energy.

Over the last year I’ve been working with the Brighton Energy Co-op as their Finance Director.  Brighton Energy Co-op aims to raise money from the community to buy and install Solar PV on local buildings.  The buildings use the electricity generated for free and the Co-op receives government subsidies which the Co-op then uses to run the Co-op, fund other schemes, and pay interest to members.

As Finance Director, I’ve had the opportunity to combine my skills with my belief in the need to reducing the damage our society has on the environment.  It’s been a fantastic experience to work on a project which started as an idea and which will shortly be launching a share offer in the community.  We’ve recently received planning permission on one of our sites, so watch this space for news of the share offer launch.  To offset my emissions I plan to donate back to the Co-op some of the shares I’ve been given in return for my work in the Co-op thereby offsetting my own businesses carbon emissions.


There are many businesses that have seen the value in monitoring their businesses impact on the environment. Puma recently published its first Environmental Profit and Loss.  Their aim is to better represent the holistic performance of their business taking into account the costs associated with the environmental impact of their products across their supply chain.  By understanding the true cost of their products Puma will be able to build a more resilient and sustainable business and ultimately better manage its impact on the environment.

I hope there will be many more businesses that follow in Puma’s footsteps.

Please share your favourite small businesses tips to environmental reporting.

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