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Nexus Planning Becomes Carbon Negative

Following an intensive data collection process to calculate the company’s 2019 CO2 emissions, Nexus worked with Carbon Footprint to double offset its emissions for the entire year, earning the consultancy the status of ‘Carbon Neutral Plus’, which is the equivalent of carbon negative.

Nexus worked in partnership with the carbon reduction company to initially become carbon neutral. However, during the process, Nexus decided to take a step further to become carbon negative in recognition of the company’s commitment to the global climate crisis. This involved removing more carbon than Nexus creates each year and offsetting double its annual emissions.

The carbon assessment reviewed all trips made by Nexus employees during the period 1st January – 31st December 2019, as well as the CO2 emissions from the consultancy’s three offices in London, Manchester and Reading. Following collection, Carbon Footprint then analysed the data and produced a report summarising the company’s emissions.

Nexus Planning 2019 Emissions Report – conclusions

  • The total footprint for Nexus Planning during the assessment period is 100.33 tonnes CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to 1.9 tonnes per employee. An average consultancy like Nexus would usually emit 1.8 tonnes per employee. The carbon footprint is therefore broadly similar to what an average consultancy emitted in 2019.
  • The most significant emission source is gas consumption, accounting for 36.2% of the company’s carbon footprint.
  • Car trips across the company account for half (48.9%) of all transport emissions, flights 18% and rail travel 29.1%.
  • The commuting data showed that nearly 70% of all commuting trips are by rail and 25.57% are by car (with the remainder being bus/tram travel).

Roger Tustain, MD of Nexus Planning, commented: “We’re thrilled to reach carbon negative as a company. The environmental agenda is extremely important to Nexus, so reducing the company’s carbon footprint is our first significant step in helping address the global climate crisis. We’re also pleased to be giving back to schools by planting trees in the grounds; education is a key area of work for us as a business, so this project is particularly close to our hearts. Looking ahead, in 2021 we will be exploring how Nexus can reduce its emissions in-house, to reduce the carbon footprint as a company. Using Carbon Footprint’s report, we will be updating our company policy on carbon reduction and sustainable working practices as we work towards a brighter future for our planet.”

Dr Wendy Buckley, Client Director at Carbon Footprint Ltd, commented: “Nexus Planning has taken leading steps to formally assess its carbon footprint and compensated for all emissions by supporting UK tree planting projects – in schools and nature reserves – as well as protecting trees in the Brazil Amazon Rainforest. As well as abating climate change, these projects actively support biodiversity.”

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