Commitment to achieving Net Zero
electroCore UK Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.
As an SME, we can decide what type of business we want to be and how what we do has an impact on the environment. The team at electroCore want to be part of the climate change management solution, not the problem and support the NHS in the ambition to become the first net zero health service.
Future ambitions will be to one day to operating as a carbon negative company through further carbon emission reducing initiatives.
Baseline Emissions Footprint
Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.
|Baseline Year: 2022|
|Additional Details relating to the Baseline Emissions calculations.|
|electroCore UK LTD have not previously calculated and published any carbon emission calculations, we therefore chose to look at the most recent year of 2022 for our baseline. These calculations have been developed in line with the Cabinet Office’s ‘Guidance on adopting and applying the PPN 06/21’ and the ‘Greenhouse Gas Protocol’ initiative guidance. Some calculations were completed using the UK Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2022, Carbon Care .org, and some using the Carbon Footprint’s Micro Business Footprint Calculator. The data included in these emissions is for activities taking place in the UK and includes any deliveries and goods shipped into Europe.|
|Baseline (current) year emissions:|
|Scope 1 – (direct emissions) – electroCore employs 5 members of staff, all of whom work from home giving a total “working from home” carbon footprint of 2.5 tCO2e||2.5|
electroCore employs 5 members of staff, all of whom work from home. We have assumed that the average room occupied is a bedroom which based on data from the LABC Warranty database is 13.5m2 in size. Using national domestic consumption benchmarks, we have derived a benchmark of 25 kWh/m2 for electricity. Per person the electricity consumption attributed to working from home is 0.1 tCO2e, giving a total “working from home” carbon footprint of 0.5 tCO2e
Purchased Goods and Services
The carbon footprint of the 2 products we purchase and resell is, on average, approximately 206kg CO2e per unit. In 2022 we purchased 2803 units, which equates to 2803 * 0.26 = 728.8 tCO2e
Not applicable as electroCore UK does not own any equipment, machinery, buildings, facilities, or vehicles.
Fuel and Energy related activities not captured in Scope 1 or 2
Upstream Transportation and Distribution
Air freight shipping product into the UK from the US = 7.3 tCO2e
Waste Generated in Operations
In 2022 we took 170 returned items which will be broken down, recycled, and eventually placed into landfill 170 * 0.26 = 44.2 tCO2e
International flights = 7.13 tCO2e
Car mileage = 2.85 tCO2e
Train journeys = 0.09 tCO2e
All of the electroCore UK team work from home so the commute value is 0 tCO2e
Upstream Leased Assets
Not applicable as electroCore UK is not involved in the manufacture of any products.
Downstream transportation & Distribution
electroCore UK Ltd utilises UPS for all its NHS deliveries. In 2021 UPS reported 2.55 Kg of CO2e per package delivered (reference here). electroCore shipped 1798 packages in 2022, which equates to 1798 * 0.00255 = 4.585 tCO2e
Downstream Leased Assets
Not applicable as we have no leased assets.
Not applicable as we have no franchise deals in place.
Not applicable as we have no investments in other businesses.
Emissions reduction targets
This is electroCore UK’s first ever carbon reduction plan, encompassing our first ever baseline emissions calculation for 2022. We have therefore never set reduction targets and commitments. As we work over the coming years to achieving Net Zero, we will start to work towards achieving the following carbon reduction targets.
We project that carbon emissions will decrease over the next five years to 685 tCO2e by 2028. This is a reduction of 14%. We then aim to reduce our emissions year by year to ensure we are a net carbon zero operation before 2050.
Carbon Reduction Projects
Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives
As this is our first baseline measurement, we are yet to complete any Carbon Reduction Initiatives, however in. the future we will look to implement the following projects which will contribute to our commitment to improve our carbon emissions and work towards a Net Zero as quickly as possible.
Proposed Carbon Reduction Initiatives
- We will make it a priority to develop an education and learning module regarding carbon emissions and the Net Zero commitment to ensure all employees are informed and actively working to achieve Net Zero.
- Encourage staff to transition from combustion engine cars to zero emission electric vehicles for business travel within the UK.
- Staff are always encouraged to use video conferencing facilities where possible, especially if it can reduce the need for a flight for short meetings. In addition we will aim to implement measures to encourage switching domestic flights to rail, selecting lower emission flights where possible, and introducing carbon reporting for travel.
- We will work with suppliers to ask them to report their carbon footprint data to us to improve the accuracy of carbon measurement and engaging with suppliers to support our net zero goal.
- Partner with supplier organisations who are also committed to reducing their carbon emissions, for example UPS for downstream distribution (https://about.ups.com/us/en/social-impact/environment/sustainable-services/electric-vehicles—about-ups.html):
- Our global fleet includes over 13,000 alternate fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including more than 1,000 electric and plugin hybrid electric vehicles on the road – an essential part of our plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and achieve 40% alternative fuel in ground operations by 2025.
- UPS has committed to purchase up to 10,000 EVs from U.K. startup Arrival, with many more to deploy later this year.
- Work with our product supplier development team to focus on reducing the carbon footprint of the products we sell. These initiatives will focus on the use of renewable components, being sourced from my local suppliers, with a view to reduce the size of the products. These steps will not only reduce the actual product creation carbon footprint, but it will also reduce the downstream transportation and distribution footprint for our operation.
- 100% of our current waste product is likely to end up in landfill. We are committed to offering a better solution to this waste.
- We will explore carbon offset strategies with partner organisations such as Ecologi
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 standard 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) Standard.
This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).
Signed on behalf of the Supplier electroCore UK LTD
Iain Strickland, Director