19-Apr-2021 Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
On the eve of Earth Day 2021 (22nd April) Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is excited to announce the steps taken to date and further plans to reduce its impact on the environment.
In what EHAAT believes is a first for a UK air ambulance charity, it has carried out a thorough review of its carbon footprint and sustainability, and is now looking at how it can achieve a net zero impact.
The first stage of this process was to engage a carbon consultant and work with them to calculate the charity’s carbon footprint for the year 2019-20. This involved capturing the data on the fuel used under Scope 1 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (fuel used in aircraft, vehicles, heating buildings etc) and Scope 2 (Fuel used indirectly as a result of the charity’s activities, such as in the production of purchased electricity).
James McInroy, EHAAT’s Head of Workplace and Infrastructure, said: “EHAAT is committed to making the very best choices for the environment, our people and the community. We have reviewed all areas of the charity and calculated our Carbon GHG (Green House Gas) footprint. With long term sustainability and carbon impact forming our decisions across all areas of the charity, our objective is to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve a net zero impact”.
One of the first beneficiaries of this trailblazing work is EHAAT’s new airbase at North Weald, which will become operational this summer. The building was designed with environmental considerations as a priority.
Over the coming year EHAAT will take steps to further improve sustainability and the organisation’s carbon footprint.