Sustainability audit 2006/07
We conducted a sustainability audit to assess our environmental impact in 2006/07.
We wanted to increase our positive impact through the work that we do and to identify how to reduce our own environmental impact.
The audit looked at three levels of our environmental impact:
- impact and influence: what we encourage our stakeholders to do and think about through our campaigns and research, guidance and practical advice
- organisational scale: the building our staff work in and our everyday operations
- CABE family and contractor scale: the activities of the our network and the contractors and service providers we spend our money on.
How did we do?
Our carbon footprint - the emissions associated with our activities - was calculated by the audit as 503 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted per year.
Our consultant says that we are average for the UK. We never like being average, but in this case it gives more than usual cause for concern.
Carbon emissions have to be stabilised worldwide at between one and two tonnes per person by 2030, and we generate 4.6 tonnes each.
Being average also means that in terms of our ecological footprint, everyone who works at CABE exceeds the sustainable earthshare of just under 1.8 global hectares per person. This is without counting our private lifestyles. Our total annual ecological footprint was 222 global hectares, an average 2.05gha each.