Covid-19 and its impact on Wilson James’ carbon emissions

29th March 2021

In June 2019, the UK government became the first major economy in the world to pass the legally binding 2050 target of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions. At Wilson James, we have pledged to go above and beyond this UK goal, by making a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. 

  

Since the imposing of national UK lockdown on 23rd March 2020 due to Covid-19, our lives have been changed in every way imaginable, particularly in terms of the way we work. The pandemic forced the majority of team Wilson James to work from home with immediate effect which restricted our transport mobility and work operations for a number of months. 

  

This has resulted in: 

  

  • lower energy demands for heating offices 
  • reduction of deliveries occurring due to the halt of projects 
  • limit on road and air business travel in order to contain the spread of the virus 

 

….and was bound to have a knock-on effect on the carbon emissions we were outputting. 

 

We can now confirm that our company’s carbon emissions in 2020 have reduced by 629,699.36 kgCO2e compared to 2019. 

  

This is equivalent to the emissions… 

Although 2020 has been anything but normal, and the carbon emissions levels are primarily down due to the pandemic, it has been important to prove that we can significantly reduce our company’s carbon footprint whilst upholding the same level of professionalism and carrying out our business operations just as (if not more) effectively as they would have been in a ‘business as usual’ scenario. 2020 has shown us that our lives pre-Covid were simply too unsustainable and we must now make conscious decisions so that we never return to that.