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    Carbon Reduction Plan

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    Commitment to achieving Net Zero

    As an organisation, we are defined by making technology human and aim to integrate sustainability into everything we do to create a stronger, more successful business which enables us to give back to the wider community of which we are a part. Our sustainable approach also enables us to play an important part in protecting the environment for future generations by working with our partners, suppliers, and vendors to deliver and support a sustainable supply chain and support our clients by delivering sustainable products/solutions to sort their sustainability journey.

    The Group has invested in the first physically backed Carbon Exchange‑Traded Commodity (ETC). The ETC makes EU Carbon Allowances (EUAs) more accessible and once held prevents highly polluting companies from accessing those credits to pollute. Under EU law, holding EUAs for twelve months or more triggers additional permits being cancelled in future years. As polluters and investors compete for a reduced supply of EUAs, prices may rise until too expensive for polluters to continue using dirty fossil fuels, incentivising the switch to cleaner energy. Through our holding in this carbon allowance scheme, we have taken 4,761 tCO2, this is over 10 times the emissions that boxxe creates directly from its operations. As such, boxxe is carbon neutral through purchasing the EU ETC carbon allowances. By 2030, we aim that our entire business will be Net Zero across our entire business from supply chain to products.

    This year we built on our existing reporting processes and now report market‑based emissions alongside location‑based emissions previously shared.  This change demonstrates how renewable electricity procurement across our operations has reduced our overall carbon impact.  Also, considering new information on our refrigerant use, we have recalculated and restated all carbon calculations for our baseline year 2019 and reporting year 2021 as our Scope 1 footprint was over‑reported in these years.

    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: 2019
    Additional Details relating to the Baseline Emissions calculations.
    Methodology - Our emissions have been calculated using the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (revised edition), together with the latest emission factors from DEFRA. The GHG protocol corporate accounting and reporting standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organisations preparing a corporate level GHG emissions inventory.

    The data detailed in the table represents energy use and emissions for which the company is responsible for the years ending 31st December 2019 (the baseline year) and 2021 (current year). This includes:

    • Scope 1 comprises emissions from the use of oil for heating and hot water in our offices, and emissions from fuel used in our company vehicles.

    • Scope 2 comprises our sub metered electricity consumption in our offices and warehouse.

    • Scope 3 comprises: Upstream transportation and distribution, waste generated in operations, business travel, employee commuting and downstream transportation and distribution.

    Baseline year emissions: 2019

    EMISSIONS TOTAL (tCO2e)
    Scope 1 32
    Scope 2 61

    Scope 3 - Categories

    4. Upstream transportation and distribution
    5. Waste generated in operations
    6. Business Travel
    7. Employee commuting
    8. Downstream transportation and distribution

    413

    13
    4
    127
    213
    56

    Total Emissions 506

    Current Emissions Reporting

    Reporting Year: 2021

    EMISSIONS TOTAL (tCO2e)
    Scope 1 6
    Scope 2 53
    Scope 3 - Categories:

    4. Upstream transportation and distribution
    5. Waste generated in operations
    6. Business Travel
    7. Employee commuting
    8. Downstream transportation and distribution
    330

    15
    1
    15
    212
    87
    Total Emissions 389

    Emissions reduction targets


    To continue our progress to achieving Net Zero, we have adopted the following carbon reduction targets:

    • To source all our electricity from renewable sources by Q4 of 2022.
    • Embed our work from anywhere in the UK policy to continue to reduction in the number of emissions created from commuting done.
    • Reduction in business/commuter travel by introducing a virtual stewardship policy to continue to encourage the use of virtual technology to reduce the use of train/car/aeroplane travel and the emissions they create.
    • Ensure that our partners strategy is aligned to our carbon reduction strategies to work towards our collective carbon neutral goal. We will also work with our supply chain to improve the accuracy of our scope 3 reporting for Upstream and Downstream Transport & Distribution and to provide insight into where we can work together to reduce this.

    We continue to work with our suppliers and partners to improve the quality of our scope 3 emissions data. We currently project that carbon emissions will decrease over the next five years to 74.6 tCO2e by 2027. This is a reduction of 80%.

    Energy efficiency and carbon reduction achievements
    Certifications and accreditations:

    • We maintain an accredited ISO 14001 Environmental Management system covering the entire scope of our business.

    Renewable energy:

    • 59% of all electricity used by boxxe has been procured from renewable sources in 2021 a total of 567MWh.
    • Our aim is to source all our electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2022.

    Business Travel and Employee commuting:

    • Removal of company vehicles as they come up for renewal, instead encouraging employees to use technology for virtual meetings rather than travelling for them. This action resulted in the partial reallocation of Scope 1 emissions to Scope 3 in 2022. Despite this change, all business travel activities are still captured in our Carbon Foot printing processes.
    • Reduction in business/commuter travel by encouraging the use of virtual technology to reduce the use of train/car/aeroplane travel and the emissions they create. Where travel is required then the use of public transport is encouraged.
    • Introduced a work from anywhere in the UK policy Reduction in the amount of commuting done.
    • Electric charging points have been installed at three of our four premises to allow employee’s with fully electric vehicles or hybrid vehicles to charge them on site.

    Facilities:

    • Reduce energy consumption through new energy efficient lighting and automated occupancy technology.
    • Waste Management Switched to an Environmental Agency registered waste carrier who recycles 95% of waste and the remaining 5% that cannot be recycled are taken to the state of the art Energy Recovery treatment facilities where the items are converted into energy to product electricity to power thousands of households.
    • Reduction in water waste Our facilities are fitted with low water use toilets.
    • Zero plastic cups across all locations and all staff are provided with a boxxe box which includes a reusable branded water bottle and coffee mug to encourage the minimisation of plastic waste.
    • Reduction in printing across all offices using printing software solutions.
    • Chemical Reductions Improvements include eco cleaning products, chlorine/bleach free paper products, low VOC inks, eco office supplies and the office chairs being made from recycled plastic.

    Packaging:

    • Source Reductions Logistics re use packaging & pallets to reduce our impact on the planet.
    • Our standard packaging is certified to meet independent standards for environmental impact (i.e. FSC), is nontoxic and is recyclable. For some highly sensitive projects we are required to use alternative materials, but we are researching recyclable alternatives.


    Logistics:

    • Utilize clean or low emission vehicles (e.g., hybrid, LPG, electric) to transport and distribute product.

    Carbon Reduction Projects

    Completed Carbon Reduction Initiatives

    The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or implemented since the 2019 baseline. The carbon emission reduction achieved by these schemes equate to 117 tCO2e, a 23% reduction against the 2019 baseline and the measures will be in effect when performing the contract.

    We will prioritise measures that will deliver the best deduction in emissions:

    • To source all our electricity from renewable sources by Q4 of 2022.
    • Ensure that our partners strategy is aligned to our carbon reduction strategies to work towards our collective carbon neutral goal. We will also work with our supply chain to improve the accuracy of our scope 3 reporting for Upstream and Downstream Transport & Distribution and to provide insight into where we can work together to reduce this.
    • Embed our work from anywhere in the UK policy to continue to reduction in the amount of emissions created from commuting done.
    • Reduction in business/commuter travel by introducing a virtual stewardship policy to continue to encourage the use of virtual technology to reduce the use of train/car/aeroplane travel and the emissions they create
    • Using the waste hierarchy to reduce our waste.
    • Continue to look at innovative ways to reduce our emissions and ways to offset emissions.


    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 Boxxe Limited:

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    Phil Doye, CEO

    25th August 2022

     

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