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9.79 tonnes CO2e per year

17 May 2024, updated 13 June 2024.

My company’s total carbon emissions are 9.79 tonnes CO2e per year, for the year 1 March 2023 - 29 February 2024. More detail on how I measured this soon, but here’s a glimpse:

Holdfast Projects’ carbon emissions 2023-2024 (detail)Holdfast Projects' carbon emissions 2023-2024

I offset 300% of those emissions in UK and international projects accredited by the UK Woodland Carbon Code or the Peatland Code and VCS respectively. There’s more detail below.

Carbon intensity: 0.043 tonnes CO2e per day

If your organisation buys time from me you, can use these numbers in your own Scope 3 emission calculations:

  • 1 day: 0.043 tonnes CO2e.
  • 1 week: 0.214 tonnes CO2e.
  • 1 month: 0.816 tonnes CO2e.

These numbers use my emissions data for the year 1 March 2023 - 29 February 2024 - I divided total emissions by 229 working days per year.

The next question is how I can reduce my emissions.

What I’m doing next to reduce emissions

  1. June/July: Joining a wind farm co-op, Ripple Energy. This doesn’t directly reduce my emissions because I’ll still be consuming electricity from the grid, but supporting the deployment of renewable energy generally feels useful, and like a stepping stone to more action on my energy consumption that could reduce emissions, like PV panels or batteries.
  2. Switching company pension to funds with lower carbon emissions. To do this I’m going to try find some ETFs that look a fair bit like a low cost global index tracker but have the lowest possible emissions. There’s going to be a tradeoff between these two aims. Funds don’t consistently publish emissions data, so this work might take a while.

Action I’ve already taken

  1. 17 May 2024: Switched bank to one with lower carbon emissions. This will reduce my emissions from banking by 68% from 0.57815 tCO2e to 0.18324 tCO2e, if the amount in the bank account were to remain the same.
  2. 8 May 2024: offsetted the 300% emissions I calculated for 2023-4. Why 300%? To cover errors and omissions in my measurement and some of my historic emissions. Through Forest Carbon I bought 15 tCO2e offsets in VCS-accredited international projects that are already generating carbon credits, and 15 tCO2e in UK Woodland Carbon Code or the Peatland Code accredited projects in the UK that will create carbon credits in future. I like peat restoration projects because it’s long-term and has biodiversity and community benefits. The projects: reforestation in Uruguay and peatland restoration on Islay. Offsetting is a poor answer to decarbonisation because the emissions are still there, but it feels like a good way to start and build some momentum.
  3. 4 April 2024: measured emissions for the year 1 March 2023 - 29 February 2024. I’ll publish the detail and method soon.

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