Our impact

Annual impact measurement 

Little Blue Research is committed to contributing to a sustainable future for people and planet. We strive to minimise our negative impacts on society and the environment through our company Environment Policy, and our Annual Impact Measurement Report.

To identify, understand and address Little Blue Research’s green house gas emissions (GHGs), we assessed emissions generated by our main activities, and calculated a total carbon footprint for March 2021 to February 2022.

 

Using guidance from Carbon Trust’s Carbon Footprint Guide and the Defra 2021 Emission Conversion Factors, the CO₂e emissions within scope 1 and 2 of the guide have been calculated, as well a number from scope 3.

The calculations carried out will assist in estimating the company’s largest sources of emissions, allowing targeted sustainability practices to be carried out. 

 

Total emissions = 5.5741 tonnes.  LBR have donated money to the woodland trust  XXXXX purchased offsets worth XXtCO2e from a XX scheme in 2022.

Notes:

  • Office & household energy assumes average UK peak (daytime) energy consumption per capita;

  • Defra emissions factors for standard electricity consumption have been used for home and office;

  • Appliances currently excludes periphery devices e.g., mice, keyboards and monitors;

  • The most common commuter journeys for each team member have been used for each workplace;

  • Due to Covid, business travel was deemed to be not material for 2021.

  • Find out more about the offsets, here: XXXX

Our commitment 

 

As a micro-company we have a limited environmental and social impact, however, we believe it is our responsibility to internalise the advice we provide our clients. This can be seen in Little Blue Research’s Policy aims, where we endeavour to:

  • Comply with all relevant regulatory requirements;

  • Continually improve and monitor environmental performance;

  • Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts;

  • Incorporate environmental and social factors into business decisions;

  • Increase employee awareness and training.

Little Blue Research undertakes all projects in line with the company’s Environmental Policy, and, in addition to meeting regulatory requirements, actions will be taken to minimise this project’s impact by:

  1. Where possible, minimising travel, in particular long journeys that cannot be travelled using local public transport, and participating in meetings and workshops online;

  2. Where practical, replacing physical print with electronic documentation;

  3. Offsetting residual emissions generated by the company during the course of the project as part of Little Blue Research’s annual impact measurement and management.

 

What we're doing to reduce our impact

Office & household energy

We rent office space from Work.Life, a B Corp certified company which uses 100% renewable electricity providers¹.

Appliances

We plan on repairing our devices where possible instead of buying new devices, and recycling anything that we can after they can no longer be repaired.

Commute

Where possible, we encourage team members to use public transport, walk or cycle.

Data storage

We have undergone a cleaning process to reduce unnecessary data storage

We use Microsoft cloud servers to store our data, reducing emissions by up to 98% compared to traditional datacenters².

Website

Our site uses minimal animation, and includes no video-player, in order to limit data transferred.

Paper & print

We only print paper where necessary, using FSC certified paper.

¹ https://work.life/b-corp/

² The carbon benefits of cloud computing (2018)