Tusker worked with Carbon Footprint, to calculate that it emitted some 113.32 tonnes of carbon dioxide from its head office operations in Watford, including business travel, over a twelve month period from April 2009 to March 2010. By offsetting its carbon emissions to the government’s Quality Assurance Scheme standards, Tusker achieves carbon neutral status.
This level of carbon footprint was then offset by investment in Certified Emission Reduction (CER) carbon offsets which fund carbon avoidance and reduction projects globally.
John Buckley, managing director at Carbon Footprint, said: “Tusker is to be applauded for its environmental approach by completing a robust evaluation of its carbon emissions from head office operations and business travel and then by offsetting these against Certified Emission Reduction carbon offsets.
“Offsetting provides a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective and economically-efficient manner and plays a vital role in combating climate change.
“However, if done in isolation it is not the solution, and we believe that climate change will only be addressed if individuals, businesses and government organisations all take responsible steps to reduce their CO2 emissions as much as possible and then offset the remaining unavoidable emissions.”
Tusker marketing manager Vicky Anderson said the company had wanted to set an environmental example by achieving carbon neutrality through approved carbon offset schemes and was now looking at ways of further reducing its levels of carbon emissions.
“Many of our fleet clients are taking environmental actions themselves and we wanted to introduce initiatives to reduce our own carbon footprint as a message of support for them as well as making a contribution in our own right.
“We are now looking at a range of options to further reduce our carbon footprint, including reviewing our office operations and introducing car sharing where appropriate,” she said.