Pawprint's Carbon Report 2020

​​The following report formally documents our organisation’s environmental impact and the steps we are taking to reduce this impact as much as possible, as soon as possible.

Our carbon footprint 2020*

18.881

tCO2e

That’s the same as flying business class from London to Hong Kong and back again... 
*reporting period 01/04/2020-31/03/2021

Average footprint per employee

Within our reporting period Pawprint had 19 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) employees, making our average footprint per employee:

0.994

tCO2e

(metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions)

That’s the same as driving from Edinburgh to London five times in an average car…

Before going any further

Before going any further, we want to emphasise that the past year wasn’t a normal one for Pawprint (or the world); we suspect some areas of our emissions are a little lower than ‘normal’. But we’re determined to do everything we can to keep our environmental impact low, even as we return to post-pandemic norms.

Breakdown

You might be thinking, ‘Why are their Scope 3 emissions so big?’. It’s quite normal actually.

Scope 3 covers a company’s indirect emissions; stuff outside of our organisation and along our supply chain. As you can imagine, that list is usually pretty long.

SMEs aren’t currently required to report their Scope 3 emissions, but since it makes up the majority of our total footprint, we know it has to be included in our report and reduction targets. We recommend other organisations do the same.

1.387

Scope 1

1.239

Scope 2

16.254

Scope 3

18.881

All scopes

GHG emissions by source

Category
Total (tCO2e)
Scope 1 (tCO2e)
Scope 2 (tCO2e)
Scope 3 (tCO2e incl. WTT*)
Biogas
0.002
n/a
n/a
0.002
Business travel
0.149
0.118
n/a
0.031
Computers
8.985
n/a
n/a
8.985
Electricals
(incl. keyboards, monitors etc.)
1.017
n/a
n/a
1.017
Electricity (UK)
1.501
n/a
1.214
0.286
Electricity (Netherlands)
0.032
n/a
0.025
0.007
Freight
0.568
n/a
n/a
0.568
Hotel stays
0.016
n/a
n/a
0.016
IT Services
(incl. software, social media, data licensing)
58.87
n/a
n/a
58.87
Natural gas
1.434
1.269
n/a
0.165
Paper
0.02
n/a
n/a
0.02
Plastic
0.02
n/a
n/a
0.02
Website and Web App (Desktop Use)
0.056
n/a
n/a
0.056
Website and Web App (Smartphone Use)
0.067
n/a
n/a
0.067
Website and Web App (Tablet Use)
0.003
n/a
n/a
0.003
* WTT: Well-To-Tank emissions are indirect Scope 3 emissions from the extraction, refinement and transportation of raw fuel sources before combustion to an organisation’s site or asset
Biogas
Business Travel
Computers
Other Electricals
Electricity (UK)
Electricity (Netherlands)
Freight
(HGV)
Hotel Stays
IT Services
Natural Gas
Paper
Plastic
Website and Web App

Emissions by greenhouse gases

Total (tCO2e)
tCO2
tCH4
tN20
Scope 1
1.387
1.384
0.002
0.001
Scope 2
1.239
1.203
0.004
0.007
Scope 3
70.113
0.555
0
0.008
All Scopes
72.739
3.143
0.006
1.016
tCO2: tonnes of carbon dioxide
tCH4: tonnes of methane
tN2O: tonnes of nitrous oxide

How did we calculate our carbon footprint?

To calculate our emissions, Pawprint used the services of Compare Your Footprint. Their calculations adhere to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

What's included?

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    (Home) office energy (gas and electricity)
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    Electrical equipment (computers, monitors, keyboards etc.)
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    Deliveries
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    IT services & software
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    Dwell time emissions of our app and website
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    Business travel and hotel stays
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    Paper and plastic purchases
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    Supplier online services (legal paperwork, marketing support, eco-blog writing etc.)
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    Textiles (branded T-shirts)
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    Waste (domestic)
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    Water use (domestic)

What isn't included (for now)?

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    Employee commuting (there was none this year!)

The road to real net zero – our carbon plan

We're committed to real net zero by 2050. This might seem a little slow for a company like Pawprint, but after much thought and debate we decided we’re not comfortable (at current) zeroing our footprint through offsets. Until permanent solutions are more reliable and affordable (the technology is coming!), and we have a few more years of carbon data behind us, we’re focused on bringing our footprint down through reductions.

Science-based targets, in line with 1.5 degrees, will see us reduce our footprint by 21% (at a minimum) by 2025. Then, we will use the data we’ve captured about our own emissions to accelerate our real net zero timeline, with the view to bring our commitment as far forward as we can.

Learn more about this in our full carbon report:

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Science-based targets

18.881

Total Emissions (tCO2e)

2020

14.916

Target Total Emissions (tCO2e)

2025

10.95

Target Total Emissions (tCO2e)

2030

6.985

Target Total Emissions (tCO2e)

2035

As recommended by SBTi, these targets represent:

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    a 21% reduction in Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions by 2025
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    a 42% reduction in Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions by 2030
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    a 63% reduction in Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions by 2035
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    real net zero emissions by 2050

We see these targets as the bare minimum, and will strive to reduce our emissions faster.

Science-based targets

Year
Scope 1 (tCO2e)
Scope 2 (tCO2e)
Scope 3 (tCO2e)
Total
2020
1.387
1.239
70.113
72.739
2021
1.329
1.187
67
69.5
2022
1.270
1.135
64
66.4
2023
1.212
1.083
61
63.3
2024
1.154
1.031
58
60.2
2025
1.096
0.979
55
57.1
2026
1.037
0.927
52
54
2027
0.979
0.875
49
50.9
2028
0.921
0.823
46
47.7
2029
0.863
0.771
43
44.6
2030
0.804
0.719
40
41.5
2031
0.746
0.667
37
38.4
2032
0.688
0.615
34
35.3
2033
0.630
0.563
31
32.2
2034
0.571
0.510
28
29.1
2035
0.513
0.458
25
26
As recommended by SBTi, these targets represent:

Emissions per Employee

Year
tCO2e
2020
3.828
2021
3.68
2022
3.49
2023
3.33
2024
3.17
2025
3.01
2026
2.84
2027
2.68
2028
2.51
2029
2.35
2030
2.18
2031
2.02
2032
1.86
2033
1.69
2034
1.53
2035
1.37
As a start-up, Pawprint will grow quickly over the next few years. More people of course means more potential emissions, and we will be completely open in reporting any increases and up our reduction efforts to match. Despite our ambition to build the team, we will strive to keep the environmental impact of each member as low as possible, ensuring sustainable practice is at the forefront of company-wide operations right down to individual employee level.

How will we do it?

The actions we’ve laid out below are only the very beginning of our reduction mission. We’ll continue to refine our strategy and share new ideas, insights and decisions along the way.

Scope 1 & 2 Emissions

Homeoffices

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    Partnered with  Big Clean Switch and committed to subsidise remaining added costs to ensure all staff are on green energy tariffs. We will share a recommended supplier list with employees to encourage a swap to a company that’s generating its own energy or sourcing it from companies generating energy from renewable sources.
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    Providing regular, up-to-date advice on sustainable home working practices (see some examples from our eco blog here)

Pawprint office

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    We’ll engage with the management team at our shared office space to promote the use of renewable energy in the building
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    Keeping our private office  as low-energy as possible, limiting unnecessary lights and gadgets

Scope 3 Emissions

Electronic equipment

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    Buying only what is necessary for staff to work and seeking out repair options for any damaged or faulty equipment
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    Buying second hand equipment for items such as work phones where necessary. All new equipment will meet a minimum energy efficiency standard.
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    No e-waste to landfill: partnered with Junk It, a local organisation that collects, recycles or rehomes electronic equipment.

Deliveries

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    Keeping deliveries to a minimum, sending multiple deliveries at the same time to save journeys
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    Seeking out green delivery options such as electric vehicles or bikes
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    We won’t bulk buy or blanket sell our merch, and always look for sustainable suppliers

IT services and software

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    Identifying key suppliers and engaging in their carbon reduction journey
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    Always taking the environmental impact of suppliers into consideration before using their services
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    Working with and harnessing the power of our customers to increase pressure on suppliers we don’t believe to be doing enough to reduce their environmental impact

Business travel and hotel stays

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    No domestic flights policy - Pawprinters travel for work by train instead of flying or driving whenever possible
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    Using the Travel section of our tool to make sustainable choices while travelling
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    Incentives to choose plant-based meals, e.g. increased food expense budget

Paper and plastic purchases

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    Keeping operations as digital as possible
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    Seeking out responsibly sourced materials from green suppliers
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    Reusing products instead of buying new

General waste

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    Investing in reusable bowls and plates for our office space to cut out single-use options
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    Encouraging our office provider to introduce reusable options and wider recycling services

App and website

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    The more people that visit our website and use our app, the more carbon will be saved – that makes this the one place we’re hoping for an increase!
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    Maximizing the energy efficiency of our site - keeping things concise, optimizing images and fonts, and staying up to date with the efficiency of our hosts and servers, applying pressure where necessary

Permanent carbon removal

With our targets set and measures in place to hit them, we need to turn our attention to our remaining emissions. As part of our commitment to be a net-zero company (from 2050), we will support carefully selected, verified carbon removal projects to ensure we remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as we emit. We will only support projects that are scientifically proven to permanently and safely capture and store carbon.

Each time we publish our annual emissions report, we will remove every tonne of CO2e we emitted that year.

That means this year we will remove all 72.739 tCO2e. (idea of cost: £3550 for 2020 emissions, ideally will reduce every year with our emissions).

Our charity partners

Through our 1% for the Planet membership, we are committed to donating a minimum of 1% of gross sales annually to these environmental causes.

Bright Green Futures

An environmental leadership programme for young people from Black, brown and other minority ethnic backgrounds, with the aim of tackling the systemic underrepresentation of these groups in environmental careers.

Learn more

Seawilding

A Scottish charity that works with local communities to deliver seagrass and native oyster restoration. Both are ecosystem engineers which enhance biodiversity, sequester carbon, and improve degraded marine habitats.

Learn more

Solar Aid

SolarAid combats poverty and climate change. Through its social enterprise, SunnyMoney, they are working with entrepreneurs, schools and clinics to distribute solar lights to people living without electricity in Zambia and Malawi.

Learn more

Where does Pawprint fit into this?

We want to practice what we preach, so alongside everything else Team Pawprint will be making regular use of the Pawprint App to maximise everyday carbon savings, learn and share sustainable tips and tricks, and even stoke up some healthy internal competition.