As a company we have introduced a variety of measures to reduce our carbon footprint and we are committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible settings in which children can be fully prepared for their responsibilities to both the environment and the global community.
We are saving more greenhouse gases than are generated by our nurseries and Head Office after recording another year on year reduction in our carbon footprint – as part of our commitment to be ‘Net Zero’ in our emissions by 2030 – and investment in United Nations-certified carbon reduction projects.
The two United Nations Certified Emission Reduction (UNCER) projects involve the distribution of solar water heaters across India, and a wind farm in the northern state of Rajasthan, which replace use of fossil fuel-generated grid electricity while also providing employment opportunities for local communities there.
The savings total 6,500 tCo2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) effectively wiping out our verified carbon footprint of 5,903 tCO2e and creates a ‘credit’ to account for unknowns.
NET ZERO BY 30
The first Early years provider to complete a full scale, year-long energy use and emissions measuring exercise – in 2018 by external specialist Planet Mark – to establish a carbon footprint for each setting and publish the results alongside a commitment to achieve NetZeroby30.
GREEN ENERGY SINCE 2006
Electricity produced from renewable sources produces zero carbon emissions. Childbase Green Electricity use for 2019/2020 alone was 1,465,953 KWh – that is 0.23314 kg CO2 saved for each kWh produced from a carbon-free source. ‘Green electricity’ feeds the grid which powers our operations so we include a share of the carbon generated by the use of non-renewable sources in our carbon footprint.
ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL AND NAPPY RECYCLING
Over 750,000kg diverted in the 18 months to June 2021 alone via Anaerobic Digestion and Material Reclamation Facilities with non-recyclable materials used in Energy from Waste processes to power hospitals or boost the National Electricity Grid.
Over one million nappies a year weighing over 216 tonnes collected and sorted by specialists since 2011. Each tonne of nappy waste diverted from landfill saves 536kg of co2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).
All 44 nurseries hold Eco-Schools ‘Green Flags’ for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation. A total of 16 nurseries attained a second consecutive Green Flag – making Childbase the largest Early Years leader in this programme.
EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECT
Over 2,000 trees planted, one for each current employee and a commitment to plant one for every new recruit.
Other initiatives include: a ‘Cycle to Work’ programme offering colleagues in all settings savings on bike and safety accessory purchases of between 32% and 42%, and a programme of LED lighting replacement in all settings.
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