Carbon Reduction Plan
1. Commitment to achieving Net Zero
Micro Computer Consultants Ltd is committed to reducing its emissions by at least 90% by 2050 or to a residual level that is consistent with reaching net zero no later than 2050. These residual emissions will then be offset through Government recognised carbon offsetting schemes.
2. Baseline Emissions Footprint
In order to reduce its carbon emissions, MCC must first understand its current level of emissions, prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. This baseline emissions figure is the reference point against which all future emissions reduction can be measured against. It is useful to breakdown the overall emissions into three broad categories or scopes, these
are as follows;
These are direct greenhouse emissions that occur from sources
that are owned or controlled by MCC Ltd.
These are indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam,
heat and cooling.
All other emissions associated with MCC Ltd’s activities. From this it can be seen that MCC not only has a much greater degree of control on Scopes 1 & 2, but also the ability to provide a much more accurate figure. But that is not to say MCC does not strive to register as accurate a figure as possible for Scope 3, but also to reduce it as much as possible.
Below are details on how a total emissions figure was arrived at for each scope;
Scope 1: The main source of these emissions is from company vehicles, MCC currently has 8 company vehicles. All company vehicles mileage is logged. So a calculation of all company vehicle miles, is performed using the carbon trust carbon calculator.
Scope 2: The main sources for these emissions are the electricity and gas purchased for the running and heating of MCC Ltd’s office and its activities. All electricity and gas bills are kept and the relevant usage amounts of both gas and electric are entered into the carbon trust carbon calculator.
Scope 3: By its very indirect nature this category is much harder to measure accurately, and is concerned with but not limited to the following main areas; transportation of purchased goods and services, waste disposal, water usage, employee commuting, home working and business travel. For everything except transportation of purchased goods and services, reasonably good data can be obtained and then using officially recognised conversion factors an emissions figure is obtained. e.g. home working hours from time sheets, business travel from expense claims, water usage and waste disposal from supplier invoices and employee commuting based on staff records and questionnaire. For the distribution of goods and services, information was obtained from our three main suppliers to gain a realistic figure.
Baseline year emissions. 2021
3. Current Emissions Reporting
4. Emissions reduction targets
In order to continue our progress towards Net Zero, MCC have created a carbon reduction plan with set targets and timelines. As MCC expands and begins innovating across multiple channels, we strongly believe in reporting our emissions data through the use of an intensity ratio (tCO2 e by turnover in million pounds)
Based on this ration, and in relation to the scope 1 and 2 emissions, we forecast that MCC Digital's carbon emissions will decrease over the next 48 months by 10%.
5. Carbon Reduction Projects
5.1 Overview of commitments
MCC Digital are committed to obtaining certification to ISO 14001, through which we will monitor, target, and aim to reduce our carbon footprint, use of scope 1 and 2 emissions, and waste.
MCC are compliant with the Government’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme, through which we report our scope 1 and 2 emissions, outline energy efficiency measures, and state emissions with reference to an intensity metric (turnover).
5.2 Waste Management and Reduction
5.2.1 Operational, Office Waste and Lifecycle Management
MCC Digital have implemented an efficient waste management strategy, which aims to divert waste from landfill. Our recycled and general waste is managed by B&M Waste Services. Last year alone saw B&M offset over 1248 tonnes of Carbon, which is equivalent to over 4.1 million miles being driven in an average car, or to consider it another way, is the equivalent of 520 cars being taken off the roads. Since 2011, B&M Waste Services have achieved carbon neutrality to the British Standards Industry (BSI)’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2060.
In order to continue to reducing waste sent to landfill, we are constantly reviewing our waste streams and how waste is processed. We continue to reduce waste produced by our operational activity year-on-year.
Our refurbished devices store offers an eco-friendly way to buy refurbished devices, trade-in old tech for cash back or to book repairs. Purchasing from our refurbished device store helps slow down the production of new devices and the mining of materials which accounts for around 60% of CO2 produced in a device’s lifecycle and to be as transparent as possible we list the emissions saved alongside each device.
5.2.2 Packaging Waste
MCC Digital have invested in a compliant waste collection scheme, to ensure we are aligned with our waste reduction goals and to reduce the ammount of waste that travels to landfill.
5.2.3 WEEE Waste
MCC Digital are part of the IT lifecycle economy. Our certified IT technicians and off-site service centre teams work hard to repair and upgrade devices to extend a devices lifespan. We aim to reuse, recycle and repurpose devices where possible but for devices beyond repair we work closely with Pre-loved Tech who are committed to environmental device disposal. Devices recycled with Pre-Loved tech are disposed of in an environmentally mindful way. Through their partner Ecologi, they have been planting trees for every set of devices recycled since the start of 2022, building the Preloved Forest and helping to fund impactful climate projects.
6. Sustainable Programmes and Initiatives
MCC Digital have operated a number of programmes aimed at sustainability to help local communities and reduce their impact on the surrounding environment.
A number of examples can be found below:
Ensuring all energy used to power any premises owned by MCC Digital are using 100% renewable energy.
Reducing paper consumption on-site by 50%, this was accomplished through a combination of recycled paper and switching a number of processes to 100% paperless.
Working with Apple Financial Services and a number of other leasing partners to ensure customers have access to efficient and sustainable lifecycle management tools.
As a business MCC Digital have made the decision not to manufacture on site to lower emissions
The on site facilities have recycling points for waste, recycling and food, which MCC Digital encourage staff to use.
The on-site car park is equipped with electric car charging points to encourage staff to switch to renewable fuel vehicles. To support this MCC Digital have also introduced a hybrid/electric company car scheme for selected staff members.
Carbon Reduction: Projected vs Actual
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 Reporting Protocol corporate standard1 and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting.
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) Standard3.
This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors.
Chris Wiseman, Commercial Director
Last Updated: 03.07.2023