Caboose & Co. has been measuring our carbon footprint for the last two years. Now while we fully accept this is not an exact science (certainly not for us), we are doing the best we can with what we have. As a team we have been improving our processes and systems each time to improve the quality of the data we work with.

These figures have not been audited so why are we doing this?

Because we want to improve our business, reduce our environmental impact and be a leader in our industry as we transition to a circular economy.

Thanks to the free tools provided by Carbon Footprint, we have been able to use our in-house data to calculate the following:

2018/19 our Carbon Footprint was 9.1 Tonnes Carbon Dioxide

 

2019/2020 our Carbon Footprint was 8.1 Tonnes Carbon Dioxide

 

It is all about transport…

As you might imagine with an events company the vast majority of our emissions are linked to transport. As a business we are taking the steps we can to reduce our transport emissions; these improvements include rigorous product design to ensure that weight is reduced at every opportunity and bringing forward product innovations that mean the carbon intensity per night of accommodation delivered is reduced. Our Maverick hire fleet is a great example of this where we can get 10 times the number of rooms on a truck versus the Scotsman or Rocket.

Where we cannot reduce our carbon emissions to zero, we can only balance them out by funding an equivalent amount of carbon savings elsewhere in the world. Caboose & Co. has chosen to plant trees in the communities where we work;

2019 – UK Tree planting off set certificate

 

2020 - UK Tree planting off set certificate

We understand this is not a long-term solution and that simply by throwing money at the problem it does not go away. We feel that by monitoring, measuring and trying to find ways of reducing our Carbon Footprint we are taking the first essential positive step towards reduction. These reductions are not going to be achieved overnight and as an events company we are directly reliant on the carbon intensity of the UK transport industry. In the short-term, off-setting our emissions, we feel, is the first step above doing nothing. This is by no means a long-term solution and it is our intensions are to do better.