This measures total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from product transportation (excluding local deliveries from Vancouver vendors), facilities, business flights, employee commuting, and paper use in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (tCO2e). Our methodologies and data are reviewed by the, a third-party not-for-profit organization specializing in alternative energy and climate policy and action in Canada.
Our vision is zero carbon emissions. Our 2012 target was to reduce GHG emissions by 20% from 2007 levels and to track corporate flight emissions. This is revised from a target we set in 2007 (reduce facilities GHG emissions by 20% and product transportation GHG emissions by 5% from 2007 levels), because we exceeded these targets in 2010.
In 2012, our GHG emissions from facilities, product transportation, employee commuting, and paper use were 5,468 tCO2e. This is 31% below 2007 levels, surpassing our reduction target by 11%. This is great news, considering our growth over the past five years. From 2007 levels, we reduced our facilities emissions by 52% and our product transportation emissions by 22%, which is an achievement we're celebrating.
Since we set our baseline in 2007, we added business flights (in 2009) and direct-to-member shipments from online orders (in 2012) to our scope. This brings our total GHG emissions in 2012 to 6,770 tCO2e. We don't factor these in when calculating our reductions, as they were not part of our scope in 2007, and we want to compare apples to apples.
|2007 Baseline (tCO2e)||2010 Emissions (tCO2e)||2011 Emissions (tCO2e)||2012 Emissions (tCO2e)||% of Total
|Facilities||Scope 1, 2||1,197||633||645||572||9%|
|Product Transportation||Scope 3||5,148||3,756||3,878||4,014||59%|
|Employee Commute||Scope 3||620||790||790*||823||12%|
|Business Flights||Scope 3||920||985||904||13%|
|Direct-to-Member Shipments||Scope 3||398||6%|
We can truly say that the entire organization contributed to this outcome. For example:
We are proud of our reductions and plan to aim further. We acknowledge that we've picked most of the “low-hanging fruit” and that further reductions will be increasingly challenging to achieve, especially as we continue to grow as an organization. We haven't set a new 5-year reduction target yet, and will do so in 2013.
We've integrated key improvements in our internal approach to carbon management. Starting in 2013, we'll measure and report on our carbon emissions on a quarterly basis, so we can better manage our performance. We're also working on creating tools that allow us to better forecast our emissions, and consider carbon in our strategic decision-making process. Finally, we're integrating carbon as a business measure like sales or inventory turns.Moving forward, we won't continue to measure our carbon emissions from paper. Our paper footprint has significantly decreased since the discontinuation of our print catalogue, and we feel it's more effective to focus our efforts on managing and measuring the areas where we have the biggest impact. That said, we'll continue to reduce our paper use where possible, and are exploring the feasibility of a (near) paperless office.