Quarterly carbon stats, for competitive reporting

You’ll be pleased to know that you can count the real cost-savings of cutting your carbon footprint. This is all thanks to the hard work of Corin Wates, inmidtown’s sustainability coordinator.

Corin has developed an integrated carbon management system which relates directly to the services we offer. That means that members can see exactly what they save, in carbon as well as costs, when they sign up to inmidtown schemes such as Zero to Landfill or Better Buying. They can also use this information for reporting purposes.  You can also look at our real time Carbon Counter to see the impact we’re having.

All businesses receive a report on a quarterly basis, but you can also request this monthly.  The data can be used for meeting your own CSR reporting requirements, and also to let your employees know what your business is doing to reduce carbon emissions.  We also publish a regular report which aggregates data across the entire BID area, and shows the collective value of carbon savings of businesses throughout Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles.

About our real time Carbon Counter
You may have seen our real time Carbon Counter on the home page of this website.  As far as we can tell from research online, this is a world first for any city (or district) globally – and it’s certainly a world first for a Business Improvement District.

Our Carbon Counter calculates the carbon savings made by inmidtown members adopting our carbon saving/friendly services, calculated from 1st January 2013.  The comparison counters show you what that means in real terms.  We update the speed at which the counter changes each month as new data is collected, as generally speaking inmidtown businesses are saving more data per month, each month.

We know there are people out there who like detail.  So if you are one of those people, here’s how our carbon calculation expert Corin arrived at the comparative data.

  • Carbon emissions from air travel
    • Source: 2012 Defra GHG Conversion Factors, Annex 6 – Passenger Transport Conversion Tables, Table 6l.
    • Data: The total direct GHG emissions factor for both long-haul and short-haul flights are reported as 0.1kg CO2e per passenger kilometre.
  • Carbon emissions from black cab
    • Source: 2012 Defra GHG Conversion Factors, Annex 6 – Passenger Transport Conversion Tables, Table 6k.
    • Data: The total direct GHG emissions factor for a ‘Black cab’ is reported as 0.16 kg CO2e per passenger kilometre.
  • Carbon emissions from UK households
  • Carbon emissions from eco-bulbs
    • Sources: 2012 Defra GHG Conversion Factors, Annex 3 –Converting from purchased electricity, heat and steam use to carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, Table 3c; 2013 Best LED Light Bulb Reviews and Comparison, available at http://led-light-bulbs-review.toptenreviews.com/
    • Data: The electricity emissions factor for the UK in 2010 (most recent year for which data is available) is 0.59 kg CO2e per kWh (total GHG, all scopes). The average energy rating of the top 10 eco bulbs for 2013 is 10 Watts.
    • Calculation: 0.010 kW x 8 hours =0.0832 kWh/bulb per working day. (0.0832 kWh/bulb per working day) x (0.59 kgCO2e/kWh) ≈ 0.05 kgCO2e per bulb per working day.
  • Carbon sequestration from forestry
    • Source: Forestry Commission, Woodland Carbon Code Statistics (Jan 2013), p4. Available at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/wccjan2013.pdf/$file/wccjan2013.pdf
    • Data: according to these figures 22 validated forestry projects in the UK, covering an area of 1,134 hectares has a projected sequestration of 500,000 tonnes of CO2e over a 100 year lifetime.
    • Calculation: Rate of sequestration = 441 tonnes / hectare (over 100 years) or 4.41 tonnes / hectare (over 1 year). 4,410 kgCO2e/10,000m2(yr-1) = 0.441 kgCO2e / m2 yr-1
  • Carbon sequestration from trees