Competitive Energy Services’ FY21 Greenhouse Gas Inventory presents an accounting of emissions related to our company operations. Specifically, this inventory quantifies emissions related to CES’ electricity use, employee commuting, and business travel. Using FY18 as a baseline, the FY21 CES GHG Inventory illustrates how our emissions have fallen due to changes in company operations that were driven by COVID-19.
CES reports a total of 23.2 metric tons of CO2e during FY21, which represents a 78% reduction from the baseline year. This reduction in emissions extends from the limited number of in-person client meetings and conferences in FY21. During this year, many client meetings transitioned to online, and less miles were driven, or flown, to and from meetings and business-related events. Thus, CES saw a 95% reduction in emissions related to business travel in FY21 compared to the baseline. Additionally, employees were given the opportunity to work from home during this year, which contributed to a 61% reduction in emissions related to office space electricity use and employee commuting between FY18 and FY21.
Many CES clients are faced with the evolving task of quantifying and tracking their greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet sustainability goals at the state and federal levels. The CES Carbon Tracker provides clients with a reporting tool that presents an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions related to a client’s operations, which then enables clients to assess strategies designed to reduce their carbon footprint.
Ultimately this is just one tool CES provides that enables clients to achieve their energy and sustainability goals, which has been CES’ guiding purpose for over 20 years. While we continue to be highly invested in supporting client energy and sustainability goals, we are focused on our own as well. Here at CES, we are using our Carbon Tracker to not only report our own emissions, but also frame CES sustainability goals for future years.