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Questions about Carbon Sprint®:

You can calculate a carbon footprint via two methods: top down and bottom up. Most companies, especially tech platforms, will follow a top down approach which involves connecting to your bank account and applying emissions factors to the amount you've spent.

Whilst top down is easier to do, we follow a bottom up approach. This involves evaluating every step of your value and supply chain to calculate your emissions at a much more granular and accurate level.

The methodology we follow is the greenhouse gas protocol - a globally recognised accounting and reporting framework for calculating company emissions. We use industry standard UK DEFRA and BEIS emission factors to ensure the highest level of accuracy.

We offer three packages: Jog, Run and Sprint. Jog and Run are reduced versions of the full Carbon Sprint offering, designed to reduce the cost barrier to entry.

For small service providers, the Jog package costs £500 and goes up to £1050 for the full Sprint package. The price then increases depending on the size of the company and how many product lines (supply chains) need calculating.

Since every business is vastly different, we provide a custom quote and tailor our service to your needs. Get in touch for more info on the various packages, and to find out which one is right for you.

We aim to complete the sprint within a month. The most time is spent collecting your company emissions data (e.g. employee info, utility statements and transaction history). However, we offer a seamless user experience to minimise this and aim for the data collection process to take no longer than two hours. On receipt of usage data, we perform the emissions calculation and produce a report within two weeks.

No, we offer carbon footprinting services only. For offsetting, we recommend using our partner Pachama - a marketplace who use advanced satellite imaging to ensure the highest quality offsets are purchased (verified by the likes of Gold Standard and VCS).

Whilst we offer carbon footprint calculations and point you to our offsetting partner, we do not certify individual businesses as “net zero”. This is because net zero is a global effort, not an individual one.

Even if you've done all you can as a business to minimise your impact (set a reduction strategy, reduced as much as possible, and offset the residuals), we still wont have achieved global net zero. The next step is to get more businesses reducing!

This is why we strongly encourage transparency. Shout about your impact, share your carbon footprint and reduction strategy on your website, and ask clients, customers and other stakeholders to follow suit. Use your influence and voice to create a real impact.

Questions about Net Zero:

Net zero is simply the balance of greenhouse gases produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.

We like to think of it like a bath: turning on the tap adds water, and pulling the plug removes water. If you add water faster than it can leave the plug, the bath overflows.

The same applies to net zero. To achieve net zero, we are not adding more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than we are removing.

The excess of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is triggering harmful global warming, already affecting millions across the globe.

Atmospheric GHG levels are the highest for > 800,000 years. Any additional emissions released will increase this concentration.

In order to prevent a 2℃ warming, GHG levels should be stabilised at around 445 to 490 ppm. We have already hit this lower limit.

Carbon neutral refers to a policy of not increasing carbon emissions, and achieving reduction through offsets (basically calculating your carbon footprint and offsetting it).

Net zero means making changes to reduce carbon emissions to the lowest amount possible - and offsetting as a last resort. For businesses, this means identifying where your emissions lie, and coming up with a strategy to reduce them as much as possible.

There are numerous benefits to acting on net zero! Here are our main ones:

  1. Cost - Identifying emission hotspots can increase operational efficiency, reduce unnecessary consumption and save money
  2. Brand differentiation - stand out from competitors who aren't acting on sustainability and win customers
  3. Customer loyalty - Increasing customer demand for sustainability. This demand is only going to grow, so now is a great time to get ahead of the curve
  4. More engaged employees - employees are starting to choose companies who care about sustainability. In the long term, acting on it now will only attract more talent
  5. Net zero strategy is a requirement if you're applying for gov contracts (see PPN 06/21)
  6. Happier stakeholders (e.g. investors, clients etc). You're doing something good for the world, why wouldn't people be happy about it?