Carbon Reduction Plan

Commitment to achieving net zero

Agile Solutions (GB) Ltd is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Baseline emissions footprint

Baseline year: 2018

Our baseline emissions inventory includes all our measurable scope 1 and 2 emissions, together with at least 75% of our total scope 3 value chain emissions.

Baseline year emissions: 2018

Emissions Total kgCO2e
Scope 1 7,315
Scope 2 - market-based 13,446
Scope 3 174,836 - includes categories 2,6,7
Total emissions  195,597

Current emissions reporting

Reporting year: 2020

Emissions Total kgCO2e
Scope 1 4,863
Scope 2 - market-based 7,279
Scope 3 24,372 - includes categories 2,6,7
Total 36,514

Note: Due to the nature of Agile Solutions’ business pre COVID business travel was very high

Emissions reduction targets

To continue our progress towards achieving net zero, we have set targets from 2018 to 2025. Following this we will reset our targets in line with the science- based net-zero criteria soon to be published by the Science Based Targets initiative.

89% Decrease - Our current target period involves a 89% decrease in scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2023 on a 2018 baseline.

 

Figure 1- Projection for Carbon Emission cumulative reduction targets across all Agile Solutions sites, 2022 rise is indicative of proposed hybrid working model being initiated in January 2022 – Measurement in kgCO2e

Progress against targets 2020

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Carbon Reduction Projects

Completed carbon reduction initiatives

The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2018 baseline. The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes equate to 145,433 tCO2e, a 81% reduction against the 2018 baseline and the measures will be in effect moving forwards.

  • Move to virtual meetings using Microsoft Teams.
  • LED Lighting where possible.
  • Energy reduction program – switch off policy, what runs, runs when needed only.
  • Energy audits undertaken in 2019 and 2021.
  • Following the audit we have procured certified 100% renewable electricity contracts for all our premises.
  • Where work circumstances allow, employees given options for flexible working model to reduce office accommodation requirements.
  • We have run a communications campaign to educate and drive awareness around events such as World Environment Day.
  • Decommission on premise provisions when possible to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions and incorporate a cloud first procurement strategy.
  • Gain understanding of future impacts from commuting and working from home via a rolling employee survey and use this as an opportunity to decrease scope 3 emissions via employee engagement.

As well as these initiatives, the decrease against the baseline position has also been due to low office occupancy and reduced travel caused by COVID-19. We remain confident, however, that our current and future measures will enable us to achieve net zero well in advance of 2050.

Future carbon reduction initiatives under consideration

In the future we plan to implement further measures which will continue to drive down emissions, below are some examples of areas under review:

  • In January 2022, we are launching an electric-vehicle (EV) leasing scheme which will be opened to all employees.  We will be actively driving participation for this scheme to encourage all of our employees to sign-up and reduce theirs and our carbon footprints.
  • Build awareness amongst our workforce of the impact of their decisions on our journey to net zero.
  • Continue to procure 100% renewable electricity for owned sites.
  • Explore alternative heating solutions to further reduce scope 2 emissions when possible (replacing gas heating with panel heaters, air source heat pumps or solar thermal.)
  • Reduce business travel by air, rail, and road through effective measurement and a sustainable travel policy.
  • Reduce emissions from vehicles used by employees for business travel. Mileage fell 96.76% between 2018 and 2020.  The technological improvements in vehicles are set to continue alongside the growth in electric car ownership. By 2030, no new fossil fuel cars or vans will be sold in the UK with most of the sales being replaced by sales in electric vehicles.
  • Propose flexible working arrangements to our clients for delivery of projects
  • Consider incentives for employees to support a switch via a panel of trusted green suppliers through Big Clean Switch.
  • Incorporate into the Onboarding guiding principles for Carbon reduction and eco-friendly practise.
  • Reflect our internal policies and incorporate it to our 3rd party/ sub-contractor on-boarding process.

Declaration and sign off

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard1 and uses the most relevant emissions factors sourced from government and official environmental bodies, and suppliers.

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.

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the directors:

 

Signed on behalf of Agile Solutions (GB) Ltd:

Owen Lewis,
Chief Executive Officer

Date: November 2021

Steve Whiting,
Chief Operations Officer

Date: November 2021

Agile Solutions' have setup a Carbon Reduction working group and will be meeting quarterly from January 2022 to drive change and monitor progress.