Our net-zero carbon future

We've made a commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, so have made the move to become a net-zero carbon business. By reducing our carbon emissions and offsetting whatever emissions we do produce, we're doing everything we can to make sure we're playing our part in supporting international efforts to cut emissions to zero by 2050.

As the first company in our field to make this commitment, we're making changes to the way we operate, the services we use and the policies we follow. We're also working with Carbon Footprint Limited, who will carry out an annual, independent assessment of our emissions and will support us in setting targets to ensure we're constantly improving our performance.

How we achieve net-zero carbon

Our strategy to achieve net-zero is focused on two key elements. First, we reduce our emissions as much as possible, then we neutralise whatever remaining carbon we emit.


Reducing emissions

Ensuring emissions don't occur in the first place is the best place to start. By making changes to our business and the way we operate, we're cutting carbon emissions and creating a culture that has a focus on supporting our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.

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Offsetting emissions

The nature of day-to-day life means some emissions are unavoidable, so where we can't cut them out completely, we're supporting schemes and initiatives around the world which reduce carbon emissions. Each year, we go through an independent assessment of our carbon footprint and whatever emissions we're producing are offset.

How we offset our carbon emissions

Where we can't reduce our carbon emissions completely, we have made sure we offset our carbon elsewhere.

Already, we've offset our carbon emissions for 2020, based on an independent assessment carried out by Carbon Footprint Limited. The results of their assessment gave us a tonne value, which we have offset by investing in schemes that reduce the amount of carbon in the environment. This is something we'll do every year to ensure we're maintaining our commitment to net zero carbon.

There are a wide variety of schemes and initiatives that we can support to 'net' our emissions - from tree planting and renewing grasslands, helping to fund the construction of sources of renewable energy or supporting schemes in developing countries to enable people living there to access free, sustainable ways of improving their lives.

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Who we're supporting

We're supporting a portfolio of schemes that have been developed to not simply cut emissions, but also support health and wellbeing in communities around the world. All the schemes we support are Gold Standard verified projects. A couple of our key projects are below:

Borehole Regeneration in Uganda

The Borehole project is a micro project in Uganda, providing a source of clean drinking water to a local community. The project works with local communities to identify and repair the many broken boreholes in Uganda. As well as the natural health benefits it means that families no longer have to boil the water, saving firewood and thereby preventing carbon emissions from being released.

Efficient Cooking and Heating in China

The Clean and Efficient Cooking and Heating Project is a fuel-switching and efficiency project operating in Shanxi, Hubei and Guizhou Provinces. The Project reduces greenhouse gases by selling different kinds of improved stoves that use excess agriculture residues (a 100% renewable fuel source), renewable wood, and improve the efficiency of coal consumption.

Net Zero FAQs

Why reduce carbon emissions?

Climate change is one of the most significant issues the world is facing today. From forest fires in Australia to flooding in the UK, the impact climate change is having on the planet is clear to see.

Carbon dioxide emissions are the key contributor to the changes to our climate. Whenever fossil fuels are used to produce energy, carbon is released into the environment, creating a 'greenhouse effect'. This increases the temperature of our planet, which can have catastrophic implications; melting of the polar ice caps, rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions and dangerously poor air quality.

What does net zero mean?

Net zero is the balance between the carbon released into the environment and the carbon removed from it. When a business introduces a net zero strategy, it is committing to cutting its emissions as much as possible. This could be by reducing travel, buying energy from renewable sources or cutting energy consumption. Once emissions have been reduced as much as possible, businesses can 'offset' their remaining consumption, by supporting schemes that reduce carbon emissions to the same value.

What is offsetting?

There are projects around the world that have been created to reduce carbon emissions, such as reducing the use of fossil fuels or increasing the production of renewable energy. By financially supporting these projects, businesses and individuals can cancel out the volume of carbon they emit (measured in tonnes), by reducing carbon emissions to the same value with these schemes.

How will Cymphony reduce its carbon emissions?

Reducing carbon emissions goes a lot further than changing lightbulbs (although, they're important too!). As the majority of our consumption comes from electricity use, we've made a commitment to purchasing 100% REGO backed, renewable energy. We're cutting our use of paper and eradicating the use of single-use plastics. We're improving the efficiency of our energy use throughout our office.

What's probably most important is how achieving net zero becomes part of our culture, so involving our people is key to our success.

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