I’m always looking for ways to reduce my carbon footprint.
As a translator, one of the easiest wins is to pick your clients. I therefore won't accept projects from companies in the oil & gas, aviation, and other highly polluting sectors.
I also conduct office audits to calculate my yearly CO2 equivalent. These figures help me to make an informed decision about where to focus my carbon-cutting efforts. My grand total for 2023 came to 795.27 kg CO2.
If you'd like to know more about how I calculate these figures, if you'd like a more detailed breakdown, or if you'd like to learn how to do your own audit, just get in touch!
BB Translations Ltd 2023 Carbon Emissions
Office supplies & postage
74.76 kg CO2e
My office is almost entirely paperless and I print infrequently – only for certified translations, which I post via Royal Mail. A printer cartridge and a pack of 80 sheets lasts up to 6 months.
182 kg CO2e
I'm averaging 1 computer every 4 years and 1 office chair every 6 years. December 2023 saw me getting a new computer and monitor, which increased my CO2 emissions but was necessary for being able to work.
Internet, emails & website
375.04 kg CO2e
While my phone & email use is pleasingly low (an average of 3 emails a day) I conduct a lot of web searches. In future, I'm hoping to use Ecosia for work-related research, but currently its results don’t cut the mustard.
CPD and travel
0.3 kg CO2e
Since I work from home, I produce zero emissions for commuting. My only travel is for the occasional in-person CPD event. Most of the training I do is in the form of webinars or online workshops.
Heating & electricity
74.6 kg CO2e
I use a green electricity tariff and have an extremely well-insulated house. My oil boiler was replaced with a heat pump in early 2023 and solar panels were also installed, so my 2023 emissions have improved.
Finance & insurance
88.57 kg CO2e
This covers banking, professional indemnity insurance, and accounting services. I switched to a greener banking provider in mid-2023, so my emissions in this category have fallen significantly.