Introducing our new carbon offsetting programme with ClimateCare.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with climate and sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offer a world class carbon offsetting programme for our customers.
At Ardent, being fuel and carbon efficient is our number one environmental priority. We’re continuing our massive fleet renewal programme by investing in the latest construction machinery which are around 30% more fuel efficient than the older models they replace. In addition, we have heavily invested in a new transport fleet that meets the latest European emission standards and we’re now working with several suppliers who share our vision of reducing our carbon footprint in every area of our organisation.
We’re incredibly proud to have won several important sustainability awards and we’re delighted to be recognised for environmental leadership by some of our largest customers.
What is carbon offsetting?
We know many of our customers share our commitment to responsible plant hire and will want to reduce the carbon footprint of their hired-in machinery. Carbon offsetting is your opportunity to do that. Your CO₂ can be offset by paying a small amount each week that goes towards carbon reduction projects, to reduce emissions equivalent to those generated by your utilisation. You can offset all or part of your CO₂ output.
How do you offset your hired-in plant?
We’ve made offsetting really easy.
|Step1||When placing your order with us, let us know you want to offset your carbon. Your offsetting request will be shown as a separate line item on your order and invoice.|
|Step 2||Use the hired-in machine as usual.|
|Step 3||Receive a monthly certificate with your statements with the amount of carbon you have offset for that period.|
|Step 4||View all your carbon offsetting certificates in your Ardent InSite portal.|
What do I pay?
|Billing Band||Machines Included In Band||Fixed Weekly Rate (Charged Per Machine)|
We calculate emissions as follows:-
Working Hours (week) x Utilisation (%) x Machine kW/h x (kg of CO2e + WTT) = kg of CO2e p/week
Working Hours – 40 hours a week / 8 hours a day (unless otherwise specified by the customer)
Utilisation – The extent to which the machine is used when on hire. E.g. used for 20 hours a week / 40 working hours = 50% utilisation.
Machine kW/h - Average kW/h per machine group based on Ardent's fleet – where this information is not available, we have used kW/h from the OEM machine spec sheet.
Kg of CO2e – Amount of CO2e produced based on fuel consumption – 0.26880 per kW/h
WTT – Well To Tank – Includes conversion factors to account for the upstream Scope 3 emissions associated with extraction, refining and transportation of the raw fuel sources to an organisation’s site (or asset), prior to combustion – 0.06264 per kW/h
A schedule of our fleet's average Co2e emissions in 2019 can be found here. We will revisit this again at the end of 2020 and republish, along with any adjustments in carbon offsetting prices.
Where does your money go?
Today’s best carbon offset projects are the ones that not only have a big carbon reduction impact but also benefit communities, and that’s where ClimateCare comes in. They’re a brilliant example of this thinking and have a range of projects that deliver a wide range of benefits – and some of those projects involve efficient cooking stoves.
Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world still cook food and heat their homes using open fires. These are inefficient and dangerous. The household pollution caused by these open fires is responsible for at least 4.3 million premature deaths a year, more than malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Your offsetting money is used to purchase independently verified carbon reductions from projects that distribute these small but very cleverly designed stoves. They require just a tiny amount of wood or charcoal to cook, emit very little smoke or pollutants and are 50% quicker to cook with. The efficient designs manage to be simple and clever at the same time, with truly life changing results.
This is how the stoves work their magic:
They save up to £180 a year on reduced fuel bills –– a huge amount of money for many families.
They reduce the need for large quantities of charcoal. Production of charcoal involves deforestation and adds carbon to the atmosphere. Each stove reduces greenhouse gasses by up to 1.4 tonnes per oven per year. With over half a million stoves already distributed that’s a lot of carbon saved.
They bring industry and jobs to different regions and are a scalable business. In one factory, over half the employees are women, with many working in engineering and design. The factories that produce these stoves indirectly employ many more people in their supply chains.
They reduce indoor air pollution, which is the biggest killer in the developing world.
Find out about the other carbon reduction projects on the ClimateCare site.
Who are ClimateCare?
In our search for a carbon offsetting partner we wanted to find a company that reflected our values. Our partner needed to offer a gold standard offsetting programme and one that we could confidently recommend to customers. ClimateCare stood out for their deep knowledge of offsetting projects, and for their solid business and finance background. We know we can trust ClimateCare. They’ve done all the thinking, have the latest information to hand and bring verifiable projects that are easy to implement.
And ClimateCare are the highest ranked B-Corp in the UK. B-Corp is a ranking of companies that balance profit with purpose and consider the impact of what they do on their suppliers, employees, customers and the environment. There are only 2,500 companies in the world who are B-Corp accredited. It’s an exclusive club of true innovators and we’re incredibly excited to be working with one of them. The result? So far ClimateCare have cut over 33 million tonnes of CO₂ and improved quality of life for more than 34 million people around the world.
- Continuous sustainable growth
- Helping protect the environment
- Providing value to our customers
- Carbon Offsetting