Reducing our Carbon Footprint: Part 2
We had a few questions about our previous post on the ways we're reducing our carbon footprint here at MTS. Also, we have spent some more time looking at offsetting our flights, which are one of the biggest emission contributors for us and we wanted to give an update.
As mentioned previously, there has been a lot of carbon offsetting schemes that have been badly managed in recent years. Essentially, the money hasn't been used to truly offset emissions.
MTS was keen to ensure the any money was used on the right projects. The Gold Standard is one such certification which ensures that carbon credits are real and verifiable, and projects meet high quality standards.
ClimateCare is one such company which completes projects that meet the Gold Standard. They are UK based, recently winning a second Queen's Aware for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. Their website includes a handy calculator (not just limited to flights) which can be used to work out the emissions and required contribution.
MTS has begun offsetting their Carbon with ClimateCare and will be continuing to do so for all future flights.
Halton Mill Renewables
Being the site where mills have operated since 1252 there is a clear access to water, which was historically used for power. This has been modernised using turbines to generate electrical power for over 300 homes as well as Halton Mill, where MTS have their offices.
The turbine even includes a 'fish pass' to prevent disturbance to the local fish population, and screen cleaners which remove debris such as plastic waste from the river.
More information can be found here.
We will continue to look for further ways to improve our impact on the environment, and will aim to share these in a future blog.