Driven By Sustainability
Bousfields, a carbon neutral
fabricator since 2019
As an operating business of See Limited, sustainability is an important part of Bousfields’ ethos.
We are passionate about taking positive steps to become Net Zero by 2030 as a Group of companies and are playing our part to address the climate crisis.
By working with recognised experts in the subject of sustainability, including our environmental consultants EcoAct, we have confidence and validation in the steps that we are taking as part of See Limited to reduce our carbon footprint.
In September 2021, See Limited signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), demonstrating our Group’s commitment to adopting best practice to achieve our ambition of becoming Net Zero by 2030.
Our science-based target that has been set and validated by SBTi is to reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 from a 2020 base year and to measure and reduce our scope 3 emissions. This initiative is in line with the Paris Agreement goals of keeping global temperatures to 1.5 °C, identifying a clearly defined pathway for us to reduce GHG emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change as well as influencing others in the industry to take action.
Carbon neutral fabrication
Since 2019, working with EcoAct, See Limited annually record and measure the CO₂ impact of business operations across the Group for the previous year.
As part of our reporting, Bousfields measure and take responsibility for the total carbon generated through the fabrication and delivery stages whilst goods are in our care.
Through Bousfields’ carbon management programme, carbon emissions generated during the fabrication and delivery stages are compensated by investing in Gold Standard carbon credits equating to the emissions made to offer a carbon neutral fabrication service.
Our carbon credit investment is an internationally recognised way to account for our carbon emissions and support activities benefiting communities and the planet. An example of one of the global projects that we support through this investment includes the Kumasi Stoves project in Ghana, which replaces open fireplaces with improved cookstoves, reducing the rate of deforestation, improving health as well as providing local employment opportunities.
Whilst offsetting is a current process that we have in place to compensate our remaining emissions, as a Group we are continuously looking for alternative methods including carbon sequestration projects. Carbon sequestration is the capturing, removal and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the earth’s atmosphere.
With sustainability being a daily topic of conversation, we’re continuously evaluating our scope 3 purchases to ensure that the materials that we use have good environmental considerations from EPDs to recyclable content.
This continues with all new investments to enhance our fabrication capabilities, considering environmental running costs and factors to mitigate our emission generating activity.
With greater emphasis within the built environment industry to make more sustainable choices, we’re proud to support our customers through our carbon considerate approach.
Onsite carbon reduction activities
Our Group’s annual carbon footprint report produced and verified by EcoAct, has led to the implementation of a range of new initiatives to drive down carbon generated through our day-to-day operations. As we produce this report annually, we are continuously looking for ways to improve. Here are examples of just some of our live initiatives:
Since June 2022, 316 solar photovoltaic panels have been installed at our operational site in Corby, Northamptonshire. The panels are working towards reducing our energy consumption by 90,616 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year with an annual saving of 32 tonnes of carbon emissions. We estimate based on current consumption that the total carbon saving over a 20-year period is 600 tonnes.
Since 2021, we have switched all company owned vehicles to electric and have installed fixed charging points on site. As recorded in our latest Annual Carbon Footprint Report produced by EcoAct, the tonnes of CO2e for this emission type have reduced by 85.12%.
The Forest Stewardship Council
ISO 14001 : 2015
Environmental Management System