At Avieco, we’re committed to leading by example. We track and manage our environmental and social impact with the same rigour we employ for our clients. Sustainability is at the core of our purpose, and we couldn’t claim we contribute to creating a better world if we didn’t follow best practices ourselves.
Setting ambitious targets
However, as a sustainability consultancy, we feel we must go above and beyond these minimum standards, and we, therefore, chose to raise the bar on each of the three requirements.
We set science-based targets in line with the most ambitious objective to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. We got our targets validated by the Science-Based Targets Initiative, using the SBTi’s streamlined validation process for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As such, we committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2018 base year, and to measure and reduce scope 3 emissions.
We calculate our own carbon footprint annually in line with the GHG Protocol guidance. This includes a full scope 3 screening, not limited to buildings and travel, but including all categories on which Avieco has operational control.
Finally, our whole team is committed to publicly advocating for net zero, through Avieco’s website and social media. Last year, we published 50+ opinion pieces, “how-to” guides, case studies and blog articles. More than a third of our team was involved in their writing, bringing in a diversity of experiences and perspectives to make a stronger case for net zero.
Measuring our impct
As a small service provider, despite our quick growth, we emit very little greenhouse gasses. Most of our emissions are due to our office’s energy consumption, business travel, and employee commuting.
In 2021, we didn’t do any business travel due to Covid restrictions. However, as demand for sustainability consulting services grew rapidly, we doubled our team size and bought equipment for new joiners, resulting in higher Purchased Goods & Services, Capital Goods and Employee Commuting emissions. We also moved to a larger office, causing an increase in direct and indirect building emissions.
As a result, our total footprint increased by 46% year on year, but our average emissions per employee remained stable at 3.6 tCO2e.
Taking bold action
We actively manage our greenhouse gas emissions, small as they may be.
We are also strongly committed to the well-being of our employees and contractors. Our annual Employee Satisfaction surveys showed that 100% of our staff feels valued and empowered to make a difference in the team. All our employees can buy company shares and receive dividends. Avieco is also a fun and inclusive workplace: our Social club and Diversity & Inclusion huddle organise regular events to make everyone feel happy and included at work.
Finally, we take huge pride in our indirect impact on society and the environment, through the work we do with our clients. In 2021, we have helped 85+ organisations to measure and reduce their impact, through a variety of projects from impact assessment to target-setting and sustainable business transformation.
Avieco is a young, dynamic company working with the public and private sectors. Our business is rapidly growing and we are always interested to hear from passionate environmental professionals who want to make sustainability work.
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I was impressed with the thoroughness and level of detail that our data set was analysed in. Presenting an extensive data set in an easy to use format was of great value in communicating the outcome of the work internally, and prioritising areas of the supply chain for future action.
Alan Sweeting, Global Health, Safety and Environment Senior Manager, Allen & Overy LLP
Avieco supported us in collating and organising data to develop a robust risk assessment process. They have been easy to work with, responsive to our requirements and pragmatic in their solutions.
Gijs Voskuilen, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bunzl
Avieco has been the preferred environmental consultant since the beginning of our journey to become a sustainable company. Dentsu Aegis has worked with Avieco’s experts on various areas, such as carbon footprint reporting and assurance support, and recently also advised us how to switch our global network to renewable electricity. The team’s expertise on environmental sustainability is impressive, and the work delivered is always of highest standard.
Lars Holm, Global Senior Manager CSR, Dentsu Aegis Network
Avieco informatively led us through the processes needed to reduce our carbon footprint. With their clear and concise advice we have been able to effectively reduce our energy and waste levels. Avieco made the complex notion of energy efficiency into a manageable and achievable reality
Nigel Pink, Group Engineering Manager, Dominos UK & Ireland Ltd
Avieco delivered exactly the workshop we needed to get our sustainability team and regional leads on the same page when it comes to ‘market-based’ reporting. It’s a challenging area to tackle for a global business – particularly when we operate in a number of markets where there is little or no choice in terms of energy purchasing. Avieco has given us the knowledge and tools to ensure we get our disclosures right – they really exceeded my expectations for what we could achieve in one afternoon!
Dr Julia Rowe, Group Sustainability Advisor, Johnson Matthey
we get it.