Carepro UK’s Carbon Reduction Plan: Pioneering Sustainability

Carepro  Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040.

Carepro  has an Environmental and Sustainability Policy that ensures we comply with current legislation and sets out a framework for actions and targets, measuring and reducing the sustainability impacts of our operations and supply-chains. Our Compliance Manager has responsibility for the ongoing review of our environmental targets and commitments, governed and signed off annually by the senior management team. We continuously identify opportunities to assist our Participating Authorities (PA’s) in meeting their sustainability objectives.

Through a continuous improvement approach to sustainability and social value, as documented in our continuous improvement plan, 80% of our recruitment processes are digitized, to reduce the emissions and resources used in service delivery, whilst still achieving the same outcome. This includes meeting new and emerging NHS and central government policy requirements as they emerge.

Carepro  is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040 (Scope 1,2 and 3) and has launched multiple initiatives to deliver on this commitment.  This includes the  development of a ‘Carbon Reduction Plan’ for 2022-2023 to help support the NHS commitment and our organizational commitment to reach net zero by 2040. Our carbon footprint has been completed in accordance with best industry practice, using the best and latest data we have available in adherence to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

We have used baseline reporting figures for 2022 as this is the first year that we have access to  an entire year’s data. This is due to Covid 19 and staff working from home for the majority of 2020/21, which would not give an accurate reflection of energy usage. Going forward we will engage an external consultant and work with them to design a mechanism for  effectively capturing and recording data as we advance. This will provide the ability to identify target areas for cutting emissions.

As far as possible we have based calculations on actual data rather than assumptions and average data methods to ensure accurate calculations and target setting.

Baseline year emissions: April 2021- March 2022 -for Scope 1, 2 & 3
EmissionsTOTAL (tCO2e)
Scope 14.6tC02e
Scope 23.9 tCO2e
Scope 36.7tCO2e – Business Travel
7.9 tCO2e – Fuel-and-energy-related activities
Total Emissions123.1tCO2e

We project that our Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions will decrease over the next five years to 18.48 tCO2e by 2027. This is a reduction of 20%.

In order to continue our progress to  achieving Net Zero, we have adopted the following carbon

reduction targets and initiatives to reduce the amount of resources used or emissions generated

•     Reduce absolute carbon emissions by 10% by 2027

•     Reduce business travel carbon emissions by 15% per capita by 2027.

•     Reduce energy use per square meter by 15% by 2027

•     Purchase 50% of purchased electricity (1.5 tCO2e) from verified renewable sources by 2027.

•     Reduce consumption and waste with 70% waste generated recycled to reduce landfill

•     Reduce single use plastics, packaging and increase recyclability of products by 90%

•     Reduce energy usage over the next 5 years by 20% through increased staff awareness and LED lighting replacement.

•     Reduce scope 3 emissions by 10% though use of other forms of transport, public transport,

car share, electric vehicles

•     Use of online resources instead of printed materials wherever possible

•     Exploring the introduction of a salary sacrifice electric vehicle scheme to support employees to  access electric vehicle more cost effectively and support staff to reduce their own carbon emissions.

•     Source 100% materials from and manufacture products within the UK (or relevant region) to reduce carbon emissions and improve supply chain transparency by 2027

•     Biodiversity initiatives developed or supported in the PA local area

•     Due diligence to be carried out on 100% supply chain suppliers to ensure they have a clear and timebound commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction

Our Carbon Reduction Plans will be reviewed and updated annually, with SMART targets to reflect changes in our organizational structure and to take account of the efforts made to reduce our emissions over time. We will provide half-yearly reports, detailing the activities undertaken to reduce this impact. We will ensure that the same reporting period is used throughout the submission, to ensure the most accurate and meaningful data can be used in the completion of our Carbon Reduction Plans.

Carepro  will also report our progress annually through published progress reports and continued carbon emissions reporting through the Evergreen Supplier Assessment once this becomes available for  benchmarking and reporting progress against the requirements detailed in the Net Zero Supplier Roadmap.

In  order  to  continue  our  progress  to  achieving Net  Zero,  we have  adopted  the  following  carbon

reduction targets.

        Emissions sourceEmissions generated
Emissions if contract
  UK transport (transport for placements to/from airport; staff
/  PA work related journeys, etc.).
For international staff, instead of
using individual cars we use public transport and ensure whole cohorts of candidates are transported at one. We also encourage car pool sharing for office workers when not  working remotely.
  133.6 tonnes of C02  88.22 tonnes of C02 with the planned purchase of additional electric vehicles and positive impact of car sharing schemes, use of public transport etc.
  Heating and equipment usage at our offices. We recently changed from a centralized heating system to a system that heats individual sections of our buildings dependent on areas being used. This is supplemented by sensor lights to ensure lighting is only active in rooms being used.  45.9 tonnes of C02  30.29 tonnes of C02 following positive impact of steps already implemented.
                                                          Forecast of resources used per annum  
 ResourceResources used (2021/22) in £
Quantities of resources used if contract awarded in
£ spend
   Stationary for classroom delivery (incl. paper, pens, pencils, etc). We have already reduced this by 50% via the introduction of online notepads and DocuSign
  £435.00  £287.00 

Initiatives to reduce the  generation of emissions, and resource consumption

ActivityImplemented by (quarter)reduction in emissions generated
Switching to 100% renewable energyFirst quarter of delivery1.25%
Installing energy-efficient lighting at all
delivery premises (LEDs, energy-saving bulbs)
Already in place50%
Promoting the use of digital resources in our offices to reduce energy usage (e.g., email usage instead of paper and printing)Already in place98.3% (compared to using paper)
Eliminating single-use plastic from all delivery locationsAlready in place75% reduction
Promoting green transport options for staff attending classroom training (e.g., cycle to work, carsharing, subsidies for public transport)Already in place6%
Promoting remote training options for candidates where possible (e.g., via MS Teams/Zoom on all mobile devices)Already in place100% reduction in emissions when candidates do not travel
Investing in electric/hybrid cars for staff use,  including charging ports at our officesWe have already invested in 2 electric / hybrid vehicles43%
Delivering annual awareness training to all employees on green issues, sustainability, and carbon reduction measures (e.g., energy and waste management, plastic pollution, air quality)Already do this and will continue to run quarterly awareness training sessions within contract.N/A

Declaration and Sign Off

This carbon reduction plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard1 and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting2•

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published

reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard3•

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body).