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Inspired by COP26, since summer 2021 we have been investigating how to take steps to reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and help the UK to meet its Net Zero ambitions.

Partner Mark Grady has been spearheading the initiative for us and working with environmental consultancy Green Element to determine our carbon footprint and guide us towards long-term sustainable carbon reduction.

We discovered that we were generating 129.85 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent gases) per annum with commuting and IT equipment purchases contributing most to this.

Working with Green Element, we are aiming to reduce our emissions both in the short and medium term. Kickstarting our journey, we have already changed our energy supplier, moved to using refurbished IT equipment, removed individual bins to further improve recycling around the office, and introduced improved data collection to better measure the reduction in our carbon impact.

Mark explains: “We are committed to making sustainable long-term reductions in our carbon footprint. As well as making changes to the way we operate and the supplies we consume, any reduction in our footprint is also reliant on the businesses we engage to support us and as such the route to Net Zero is a longer-term goal.

“Given this is our 50th anniversary year, we’re keen to reduce our impact on the environment for the next 50 years and beyond. By making credible targeted reductions and, importantly, measuring these on an annual basis, we can do our bit to make a positive change.

“It’s been an eye-opening exercise so far, and I’m very happy to discuss our journey with clients who may be interested in exploring their business’s carbon footprint. Together, we can all make a big difference and help our country achieve Net Zero by 2050.”

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McBrides Chartered Accountants LLP