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Open Inclusion's carbon reduction plan

Open Inclusion is committed to achieving Net Zero by 2026.

Effective date: 18th October 2022

Open Inclusions Baseline Emissions Calculations

 

Baseline year: 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022

Our purpose as an organisation is to improve the level of inclusion in the community of people with disabilities. Tackling the climate crisis is the most urgent challenge of our time. Open Inclusion is
committed to doing our part to contribute to creating a more inclusive, sustainable and equitable society.

Open is committed to having net zero emissions by 2026 and where possible reducing rather than offsetting our CO2 emissions. Whilst we have previously taken steps to reduce our GHG emissions, the baseline footprint reported in this Carbon Reduction Plan represents the first formal GHG assessment.

To calculate our emissions we followed the steps outlined by Defra – first establishing which emissions to count, then collecting data and finally using emissions factors to calculate emissions.

Open Inclusion moved to a fully remote operation in 2019 following the onset of Covid. As a result, we have accounted for remote working arrangements on our emissions. We expect to maintain this approach going forward.

Baseline year emissions:

Scope 1 – 0 kgCO2e

Scope 1 covers all direct emissions from the activities of an organisation or under their control. Including fuel combustion on site such as gas boiler, fleet vehicles and air-conditioning leaks. As a fully remote organisation, Open Inclusion does not have a site and does not operate any fuel combustion, or own or operate any transportation. We do not expect this to change at any time in the future so would expect our emissions to remain zero for this scope area.

Scope 2 – 0 kgCO2e

Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation.

As a remote organisation, Open Inclusion does not purchase any electricity and therefore our Scope 2 emissions are zero.

Scope 3 – 0 kgCO2e (Total emissions = 6,092 kgCO2e

Scope 3 covers all indirect emissions from Open’s business activities, occurring from sources that we don’t own or control.

Our Scope 3 emissions are the largest component of our operational emissions. These are made up of: home working and digital emissions and business travel.

Upstream transportation and distribution: 0 kgCO2e

This is not relevant to Open as we do not have any suppliers who deliver products to our business.

Waste generated in operations: 0kgCO2e

No waste is produced in our business operations as we have a fully digital/paperless remote working policy. This means that team members do not
generate waste in their homes.

Employee commuting: 0kgCO2e

We are a fully remote team, so there is no regular commuting to an office space. We do not anticipate that this will change in the future.

Downstream transportation and distribution: 0kgCO2e

We are an inclusive research and design agency and do not require the downstream distribution of products. We do not expect this to change in the future.

Business travel: 126 kgCO2e

Business travel is the largest contributor to our carbon emissions. To reduce this we have switched to largely online research sessions, however, some of our clients still require us to run in-person research and this requires travel. We also travel for some key client engagements for business development and client management.

The reported emissions for travel are made up of public transport use, calculated from the expenses/spend base model. They also include flights for business purposes.
As part of an international business, we sometimes need to fly to manage business development and client delivery. We have worked to reduce this as much as possible and use remote engagement where possible. EasyJet is our preferred flight supplier in Europe. In 2022 EasyJet have committed to offsetting all carbon emissions on behalf of their passengers.

The impact of this is that for 2022 (our baseline reporting year) we are reporting lower emissions. We would expect this to increase next year if EasyJet removes this offset. The volume of business travel is expected to remain steady over the next period as we come out of covid.

Home working emissions: 5,966 kgCO2e

Our home working emissions have been calculated by collecting data from the Open Inclusion team. This data includes days worked for Open, the type of workspace they use (shared or not) and emissions calculations for heating and lighting the average home in the UK. We have also included emissions for powering a laptop.

In addition, we have adjusted our calculation based on whether the team members have a 100% emissions-free tariff. Our carbon footprint is significantly reduced by the fact that a third of our team
have zero-emissions energy plans. We will continue to encourage members to switch to 100% carbon-neutral plans where possible.

Total Emissions – 6,092 kgCO2e

Emissions Reduction Targets

The CO 2 e calculations outlined in this Carbon reduction plan represent Open Inclusion’s first formal assessment of our baseline footprint. We are committed to updating our carbon reduction plan on an annual basis to help us monitor and share the progress we are making towards our goals.

As part of our sustainability commitment, we have established and shared a set of key carbon reduction principles:

  • Maintain a paperless and waste-free business
  • No office space / no commuting required
  • Prioritise remote working where possible
  • Reduced business travel except for when absolutely necessary

 

Examples of the projects we are undertaking include:

  • Remote working: Encourage team members to switch to 100% renewable energy where possible
  • Business travel: we will continue to reduce travel as much as possible. When it is required, we encourage the use of the most environmentally efficient modes of transport. We encourage
    walking and cycling over public transport, and public transport over cars when and where possible.
  • We will prioritise the reduction of carbon emissions at every step that we can. Where we can’t fully reduce our emissions, we will offset them.

Declaration and sign-off

This carbon reduction plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standards for carbon reduction plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard (footnote 1) and use the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting (footnote 2).

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard (footnote 3).

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).

Signed on behalf of Open Inclusion

Rob Signature for Carbon Footprint

Robert Hemphill, Director

Date: 18th October 2022

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