Our Climate Pledge

We are proud to announce our pledge for change “CrystalChange”

We are committing to change now by looking at what we are doing as a business and how we can change it.

We have commissioned a sustainability audit to help guide our initial changes and we have signed up to the Climate pledge – a commitment to become carbon net zero by 2040. This is a lengthy and important process but we wanted to start somewhere so we choose to look at how we can offset our carbon footprint

 

The challenges you face when trying to calculate your carbon footprint…..

If every supplier recorded their carbon footprint in a uniformed way this process would be simple but because of a vast number of limitations we found out very quickly that this process is time consuming and complex….

In most cases, a complete and accurate carbon footprint cannot be exactly calculated, but what is causing the problems:-

  • Emissions data isn’t fully accessible or available
  • Lack of transparency or certainty with what actually happens in a supply chain or the production process
  • Too many assumptions being part of a carbon footprint calculation, and these assumptions are quite often inaccurate
  • Conditions for production differing around the world
  • Different processes and methods being used to produce different products
  • Uncertainties associated with IPCC emission factors (from the variability of activity data used to model specific production systems) (www.static.ewg.org)

In fact not a single supplier was able to give us a complete picture of their carbon footprint So how have we done it?….

We knew it would be hard but we wanted to be able to make a start so we set to work in researching the data that is available, talking to sustainability experts and seeing what could be obtained from our suppliers or similar manufacturers. We then started to look at how to improve our sustainable options by commissioning our own sustainability report to review our policies and procedures. This has enabled us to start making some sensible estimates on our carbon footprint.

This is obviously just the start of the journey for us but we are proud to have made our Climate Pledge that will bring us to Carbon Net Zero by 2040.

 

If you want to look at your own personal carbon footprint we found this to be a useful tool https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

Offsetting our attendance at The Chamber Means Business Event

At the Chamber means business event September 21, we are making a start by offsetting our appearance including all the products and the items we have brought with us.
We will offset the following:-

WE HAVE ESTIMATED OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT FOR CHAMBERS MEANS BUSINESS AT 4.09 – SO WE ARE OFFSETTING 5 TONNES OF Co2e

OUR FIRST PHASE COMMITMENTS:

  • Review all suppliers environmental procedures
  • Source products from local suppliers
  • Use products with the least impact on the environment
  • Review and source carbon neutral options
  • Move our fleet to EV
  • Plant 10 trees each year
  • Litter pick in our local communities 
  • Offset our carbon for every event we attend 
  • Move to a fully digital system 
  • Implement a Reuse, Recycle, Resell culture