The carbon footprint of Herpetologic ltd

print-logoIt has been suggested that excess greenhouse gases can cause a major impact on the environment. The primary greenhouse gases produced are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. It has been explained by Wilhelm (1996) that the primary reason for global warming is an increasing amount of carbon dioxide entering the Earth's atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels. In order to stabilise at 450ppm CO2e, without overshooting, global emissions would need to peak in the next 10 years and then fall at more than 5% per year, reaching 70% below current levels by 2050 (Stern Review, 2006).

Due to the pressing concern of high levels of greenhouse gases resulting in deleterious issues, the team at Herpetologic ltd are determined to minimise the level of our greenhouse gas footprint.

A recent report produced by Small World Consulting Ltd indicated that Herpetologic Ltd's greenhouse gas footprint is at 17.8 tonnes CO₂e per year. This result was produced between April 2012 and March 2013.

The following core activities were included to produce this figure:

  • Direct and indirect emissions from the premises including electricity and travel
  • Embodied emissions from product materials and transport
  • Indirect emissions from sub-contractors.

We at Herpetologic Ltd are dedicated to minimising the amount of greenhouse gas we produce and the potential impact it could cause in the long-term. As a result the following methods are being undertaken to reduce our footprint:

  • Increasing the efficiency of any journeys undertaken through driving behaviour and by mapping out the most efficient route.
  • Ensuring that good environmental practices are being undertaken by sub-contractors
  • Ensuring that the majority of materials used are of a recycled origin
  • Increasing the lifespan of any materials being used
  • Minimising energy expenditure at the office.

Stern Review. 2006. The Economics of Climate Change [Online]. [Accessed 20th October 2013]

Wilhelm, G. 1996. The Realities of CO₂: Seeing Through the Smog of Rhetoric and Politics. Illinois: Conservation Research Institute.

Written by Charlie Philp October 2013