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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 annually assess emissions generated by our main activities, and calculate a total annual carbon footprint.

 

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

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

 

2021 total emissions = 5.6tCO2e. 

Little Blue Research donated £150 to the Woodland Trust to help them care for enough woodland to capture and store approximately 6tCO2e (Woodland Trust, 2022).

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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 Woodland Trust here

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 we can after repairing is no longer viable.

Commute

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

Data storage

We reduce unnecessary data storage

We use Microsoft cloud servers to store our data, reducing emissions by up to 98% compared to traditional on-site solutions².

Website

Our site uses minimal animation 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)