An agency that operates across and around Bristol is the latest to declare its commitment to go carbon neutral.
The associate director of Ocean agency, Andy Norris, tells Estate Agent Today: “We have always strived to ensure that our actions have a positive impact on both our customers and our wonderful city.
“…We recently focused our attention on our impact on the environment and we are delighted to announce that we are now carbon neutral. In order to begin this process, we needed to work out what our overall carbon footprint actually was.
“So in 2021 we completed a full and comprehensive 'carbon audit' of all of the companies that form the Ocean Property Services Group. You can read the full report in our blog here.”
The largest impact on the environment from the company was easily its electricity usage (50.9 per cent) and the gas (31.9 per cent).
Norris continues: “We therefore immediately reduced our overall impact by 50 per cent by switching to electricity generated purely by renewable sources. We have also switched our gas to being created predominantly from anaerobic digestion of food waste.
“Following the audit results, we have also instructed Carbon Footprint Ltd to offset our total CO2e emissions to zero. We’ve done this through supporting a UK Tree Planting Project. With this, Carbon Footprint Ltd also plants trees in the Amazon as part of their Tree Buddying initiative.”
Ocean’s managing director Paul Harris adds: “We are proud to say that this is not 'greenwash', we are learning and adapting as quickly as possible. We are by no means satisfied with offsetting our carbon and leaving it there. This is the start of our journey to improve how we operate to reduce the impact our business has on the environment and our community.”
Last week we reported that buying agency Middleton Advisors had taken a similar approach and now declares itself carbon neutral.