Our environmental data is produced externally and audited internally; this forms the narrative for our annual Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), a requirement of GoCo Group plc’s UK operations and is disclosed in our annual report. Additionally, the Board are committed to responsibly improving our environmental performance records and we are making our energy use, carbon emissions and energy efficiency actions publicly available here to demonstrate our commitment to improving our environmental programmes.
External environment audits allow us to set objectives, targets and deadlines to reduce our emissions. We use the results to take corrective action and contribute to our continual improvement. Whilst we see a small increase in 2019, we are confident that our environmental programmes are working and the increase is due to increased headcount due to the expediential growth of our AutoSave business.
Our carbon emissions are well below the industry median and yet it is important we continue to find ways to improve; we are on a mission to go above and beyond legal compliance with environmental regulation. In 2020, we offset our 2019 carbon emissions and achieved carbon neutrality. In 2020 we will continue to offset our carbon emissions by planting Welsh woodland, our net positive goals are here to stay as we deliver positive impact against the Paris Agreement and the UN SDGs.
In 2020 we set net positive goals to deliver shared value to society. We moved quickly to find a solution to demonstrate our commitment to transitioning to reduced climate impact. Working with SQSTR limited, in July 2020, we offset GoCo Group carbon emissions based on our EIC 2019 SECR, which focusses on scope 1 & 2 emissions. We have purchased carbon credits and have Gold Standard certification to offset our carbon footprint for 2019. We are officially carbon neutral! In the winter of 2020/21 we will be planting welsh woodland, to continue offsetting carbon emissions, this is especially exciting as our staff will be able to join in with the planting and it will be local to our headquarters.
- Emissions Offset: 300 tonnes CO2e
- Originating Project Details: Sugoglu Wind Power Plant, Turkey
- Vintage: 2016
- Serial Numbers: GS1-1-TR-GS2763-12-2016-6354-77761-78060
- No. of retired GS VER credits: 300
- Project ID Reference: GS2763
- Standard: Gold Standard
- Pending Issuance Unit (PIU): 300 tonnes PIUs
- Forestry Location: Emilies wood at Saucer Farm, Aslockton, NG13 9AL
- PIU reference: Planted under Stewardship agreement number 464281.
- Validated on Markit in Q1 2018
- Project ID 104000000014115
- Standard: Woodland Carbon Code
- REGOs amount: 1,000 kWh’s
10.92 total tonnes recycled
ZERO tonnes of waste sent to landfill
GoCo Group remains committed to better understanding our contribution to climate change and working collaboratively with stakeholders to reduce potential impacts.
We have an environmental policy which recognises our responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.
All our lights are on passive infrared sensors (PIRs), which ensures that lights are turned off when there is no movement – small, but important steps, to save energy and tackle the impact of our large office spaces. In our London office, we have installed LED lighting which will reduce our energy consumption going forward and this is something we aim to achieve Group-wide.
Throughout 2019, we have undertaken a drive on waste, including internal education around recycling and placement of individual recycling containers at all breakout areas. Our goal is to ensure recycling is a seamless part of everyday life. None of our waste went to landfill in 2019; these figures are supplied to us by our general waste suppliers, ACM and AM, both of whom divert 100% of waste away from landfill which is why we chose to work with them.
We are proud that throughout our offices, all food waste is sent to compost and not to landfill. This reduces our plastic mix and further energy consumption. In 2019, 10.92 tonnes of waste was recycled.
We are committed to reducing our single use plastic consumption, and are on a mission to become free from single use plastic for our onsite food production in 2020.
We are working alongside our parking provider, to provide staff with electric car charging points, and expect this to be in place mid-2020.
GoCo Group are excited to be carbon neutral in 2020 due to UK based carbon offsetting facilitated by SQSTR Limited.
We will continue to monitor and improve our carbon footprint, starting with carbon offsetting in 2020, and Welsh based tree planting to keep us carbon neutral in 2021.
- 300t/CO2 Carbon Credits
- 300t/CO2 PIUs (UK based)
- 1,000kwh’s of Renewable Energy Guarantee Origin (REGOs) Certificates
2019 Carbon Dioxide to Air: 165 tCO2e, HFC’s to air: ZEROtCO2e – externally audited by EIC/SECR.
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|Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e)|
|Scope 1 – Combustion of fuel and operation of facilities||0.6||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Scope 2 – Electricity, heat, steam, cooling purchased for own use||179.6||163.7||134.5||145.7||151.3|
|Company’s chosen intensity measurement||tCO2e/£mTurnover||tCO2e/£mTurnover||tCO2e/£mTurnover||tCO2e/£mTurnover||tCO2e/£mTurnover|
The scope of the GoCo Group emissions inventory extended to two additional offices in London and Alloa following our acquisitions. We are unable to track the energy use and/or carbon emissions from the leased office in Alloa and as such the associated emissions have not been included above and as such the intensity metric of employee number and occupied floor area have been adjusted to include the Newport and London offices only.
LB – Location Based Emissions; these figures should be used when comparing year on year emissions variations.
MB – Market Based Emissions.
GoCo Group plc's overall Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Jan-19 to Dec-19 performance is below. The carbon emission figures for Jan-19 to Dec-19 have been derived using the most recently published DEFRA GHG emission factors as specified by the Environment Agency.
The Energy Intelligence Centre Limited (EIC) have collated energy invoices from Jan-19 to Dec-19 and consumption data has been fed into the reporting tool. The total location-based emissions are expressed in tCO2e: tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent, as this provides a common unit for reporting all types of energy and carbon use. The graph below displays the monthly core emissions in 2019 against 2018. From Jan-19 to Dec-19 the total emissions were 165 tCO2 and it has been calculated that 2019 emissions are 13% higher than those in the same period in 2018. This is due to increased headcount due to the expansion of our AutoSave business.
GoCo Group plc's electricity 2019 usage in our publicly disclosed SECR includes the appropriate records of any electricity generated by GoCo Group plc.
The Energy Intelligence Centre Limited (EIC) collated electricity invoices from Jan-19 to Dec-19 and consumption data has been fed into the reporting tool. The total location-based energy consumption is expressed in kWh: kilowatt hours, as this is the unit specified by SECR legislation.
The graph below displays the monthly total electricity usage by GoCo Group plc in 2019 against 2018.
From Jan-19 to Dec-19 the total electricity consumption was 534,435 kWh and it has been calculated that 2019 electricity consumption is 13% higher than those in the same period in 2018. This is due to increased headcount due to the expansion of our AutoSave business.
GoCo Group plc's transport 2019 usage is publicly reported in our SECR. This comprises the total direct transport energy consumption of GoCo Group plc, whether submitted to EIC in litres or miles.
EIC have collated direct transport energy consumption from Jan-19 to Dec-19 and this has been fed into the reporting tool. The direct transport energy consumption is expressed in kWh: kilowatt hours, as this is the unit specified by SECR legislation.
The graph below displays the monthly direct transport energy consumption by GoCo Group plc in 2019 against 2018. From Jan-19 to Dec-19 the total direct transport consumption was 114,997 kWh and it has been calculated that 2019 transport energy consumption is 0% higher than those in the same period in 2018. We are working to reduce our energy performance for 2020 and are reducing travel between our offices.
GoCo Group plc's Scope 1 2019 emissions were publicly disclosed in our SECR. This comprises the emissions associated with the combustion of fuels by GoCo Group plc, as well as additional emissions sources such as refrigerant leakages.
The Energy Intelligence Centre Limited (EIC) collated Scope 1 emissions from Jan-19 to Dec-19 and this has been fed into the reporting tool. The Scope 1 emissions are expressed in tCO2e: tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent, as this provides a common unit for reporting all types of energy and carbon use.
The graph below displays the Scope 1 emissions by GoCo Group plc in 2019 against 2018.
From Jan-19 to Dec-19 the Scope 1 emissions were 28 tCO2e and it has been calculated that 2019 emissions were 0% higher than those in the same period in 2018.
GoCo Group plc's Scope 2 2019 emissions were publicly disclosed in our SECR. This primarily comprises the emissions associated with the electricity consumption of GoCo Group plc, as well as emissions associated with any generated electricity.
The Energy Intelligence Centre Limited (EIC) collated Scope 2 emissions from Jan-19 to Dec-19 and this has been fed into the reporting tool. The Scope 2 emissions are expressed in tCO2e: tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent, as this provides a common unit for reporting all types of energy and carbon use.
The graph below displays the Scope 2 emissions by GoCo Group plc in 2019 against 2018. From Jan-19 to Dec-19 the Scope 2 emissions were 137 tCO2e and it has been calculated that 2019 emissions were 6% lower than those in the same period in 2018.
GoCo Group plc's Scope 3 2019 SECR Intensity Ratio is comprised of all emissions associated with the operating activities of GoCo Group plc, divided by turnover. The Intensity Ratio constitutes a simple measure of energy efficiency, as opposed to total energy or emissions.
The Energy Intelligence Centre Limited (EIC) collated emissions data from Jan-19 to Dec-19 and this has been fed into the reporting tool alongside GoCo Group plc's turnover information.
The graph below displays the Intensity Ratio of GoCo Group plc in 2019 against 2018. From Jan-19 to Dec-19 the Intensity Ratio was 1.1 and it has been calculated that the ratio in 2019 was 13% higher than that in the same period in 2018. This is due to increased headcount due to the expansion of our AutoSave business.
2. Our SECR was prepared by the Energy Intelligence Centre Limited (EIC) and is aligned with the GHG Protocol methodology.
The GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardised frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions. The framework has been in use since 2001, and forms a recognised structured format, to calculate a carbon footprint.
3. Emission Sources:
GoCo Group’s 2019 SECR includes UK energy use, and the associated GHG emissions, that relate to: Activities for which the GoCo Group plc is responsible involving the combustion of gas, or consumption of fuel for the purposes of transport; and the purchase of electricity by the company for its own use, including for the purpose of transport.
The Scope 3 emissions are considered to be a material source of emissions and as such improves the overall transparency of our energy and carbon reporting.
4. Methodology: The footprint is calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and Environmental Reporting Guidelines: Including streamlined energy and carbon reporting guidance. Activity data has been converted into carbon emissions using published emissions factors. The data used has been provided by GoCo Group plc.
5. Exclusions: No mandatory emissions have been excluded from our 2019 report.
6. Emissions factors applied: DEFRA 2019
A wide range of published carbon emission factors are publicly available. DEFRA emission factors have been used for all emission sources as this provides the most comprehensive list of factors available. They allow an activity to be converted into carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Market based emissions factors have been taken from each of GoCo Group plc's relevant suppliers.
7. The SECR framework is a mandatory UK-wide energy and carbon reporting scheme, implemented to create a straightforward carbon reporting framework. SECR seeks to improve transparency and help reduce UK carbon emissions associated with business and industry. Measurement and public disclosure of emissions can lead to an increased awareness of energy cost and carbon emissions and in turn improve the visibility of risks and opportunities through improvements to energy efficiency.
8. GoCo Group plc measure and report energy and GHG emissions annually within our financial accounts and reports, we go beyond legal compliance and disclose further information publicly.
9. We use environmental audits to identify areas with the greatest potential for emission reductions and review our carbon footprint annually.
GoCo Group understands the importance of responsible sourcing, and where possible, will support local, fair trade and environmentally sustainable options as priority.
GoCo Group uses local and regional companies to provide its office furniture, to ensure minimal mileage impact and to support local business where possible. We have selected an on-site caterer that sources only local fresh produce, which is responsibly sourced and traceable. We ensure any meat and fish product that is used on site is traceable, sustainable and responsibly sourced, further detail on this can be produced on request.
We are advocates of supporting local businesses and local trades persons. All maintenance contractors are locally based to the GoCo site they are working on, also ensuring supplies and materials are sourced locally, with minimal mileage to reduce our environmental impact.
General office supplies such as stationery are sourced locally, supporting local businesses, thus reducing the impact of delivery emissions.
Group wide we endeavour to source responsibly and are identifying ways to improve our sourcing policies where this is currently not local; we operate internal annual reviews of procurement processes and are working to educate teams so they are more mindful of the whereabouts of their sourcing, valuing locality over cost savings.
Greenhouse Gases (externally audited by EIC/SECR)
Carbon Dioxide to Air: 165 tCO2e
HFC’s to air: ZEROtCO2e
Volatile Organic Compounds (externally audited by EIC/SECR)
Some of VOCs to air: NTR
Landfill: ZERO tonnes
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Water consumption (provided by Dwr Cymru invoices)