Introducing Our Business Carbon Footprint Benchmark: A Step Towards Sustainability

Welcome to ESSRecruit’s first Carbon Footprint Benchmark for the year ended 2023, the report card of our environmental impact. This Benchmark is more than just a document to us; it’s our start point for action on how we can smart choices to use less carbon.

Through workshops with the Climate Partnerships team at Ediburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) we have assessed how much pollution we cause and are taking steps to make it better. Admittedly, we a small business, but we’re doing our bit to take care of our planet.

What we did through 2023:

  • Replaced all company vehicles (2) with fully electric versions,
  • Promoted the use of train travel for work related travel,
  • Our offices installed new energy efficient lighting with motion sensitive switching,
  • We have reduced 20% of our weekly commute footprint by implementing a “work from home Friday”.
  • Half of our commercial footprint is heated via a Biomass.  

The Future:

We are committed to further initiatives as we continue our journey towards Net Zero, reducing our environmental impact and contributing to a healthier planet for future generations.

As a team we are working through some ideas and initiatives that will help drive us towards Net Zero

We will publish those in the coming weeks so we can be kept accountable!

Furthering our commitment: Our work with TreeWider

To further under-line our commitment to the planet we took the decision to donate to Tree Wilder allowing us to invest in projects that reduce or absorb greenhouse gases.

In collaboration with Highland Carbon, TreeWilder undertake forest creation and peatland restoration projects in Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland. Their initiatives aim to return wild areas to their former splendour, supporting a range of rare species and complementing existing habitats.

TreeWilder also engages in global projects, including tropical forest protection and renewable energy investments, providing traceable offsetting units recognised by the United Nations

Recent Projects – Loch Ness Forest

The project, in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands is uphill from the great Loch and in the vicinity of Loch Mhor.   The project complements an important Site of Special Scientific Interest; a mature coastal forest that stretches along a section of the great Loch.

The permanent, diverse native woodland scheme is comprised 100,000 trees: Caledonian Scots pine, sessile oak, hazel, downy birch, rowan, eared willow, and quaking aspen. 

The estate is home to red grouse, black grouse, red deer, roe deer, sika deer as well as other rare species in the landscape including Capercailies, Scottish wildcats, red squirrels, pine martens, golden plover, dunlin, golden eagles (nesting sites), white-tailed eagles (feeding), ospreys (feeding), ptarmigan, otters, and water voles.​

Join us in this critical mission and take your own first step towards a more sustainable and successful future for your business.

Together, we can make a difference!

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