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26 July 2011

Our 2010 office carbon footprint

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AGAMA Energy Office Carbon Footprint: 2010

The total carbon footprint for the AGAMA office in 2010 was 32 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.  

 

 

Our 2009 carbon footprint

Our 2011 carbon footprint

09 July 2012

Our 2011 office carbon footprint

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AGAMA Energy Office Carbon Footprint: 2011

We at AGAMA Energy are committed to ‘walking the talk’ and hence have calculated our carbon footprint (using guidance from GHG Protocol and ISO 14064) for the last 3 years (2011 as below and 2010 & 2009 on separate pages) and are continuing for 2012.  Although the footprint is relatively small, we are still committed to reducing our footprint and thus positioning ourselves as a leading example in the field while at the same time providing sustainability education of employees.  

Have you calculated you carbon footprint?

AGAMA Energy uses GHG Protocol and ISO 14064 to calculate businesses and event carbon footprints and offers strategies to reduce and mitigate these footprints.  Further information can be found in our Clean Energy Consulting profile.  For a discussion and a quote please contact us on 021 701 3364 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AGAMA Carbon Trend

Now that we have three years of data we can begin tracking the trend.  From the chart below it can be seen that the reduction from 2009 to 2010 was 12 tonnes or a 27% reduction (mainly due to the drop in business travel – about 9 tonnes less for flights). There was a slight increase from 2010 to 2011 by 1 tonne (mainly due to increased business flights – an increase of 4t).  Overall there was still a drop from the 2009 flight dominant footprint. It’s worth noting that both commuting and ground travel have steadily reduced (as well as air travel between 2009 and 2011) since we started measuring our footprint.

2011 Carbon Footprint

The total carbon footprint for the AGAMA office in 2011 was 33 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.  The contributing factors are:

  • Just over half of that was due to business travel (flights were 44% and ground travel was 12% of the overall footprint, totalling 56%).  The high share of flights is due to our operations across southern Africa and the occasional long haul international flight.  
  • Next in line is commuting to and from work at 21% of the footprint.  This is mostly by private vehicle as safe reliable public transport is limited to or from our offices (and in fact in South Africa generally).  
  • Electricity use makes up another 22% of the footprint 
  • Office waste produced and paper used make up the remaining 1%. 

In the language of the GHG Protocol AGAMA Energy has no Scope 1 emissions (fuel purchased).  The majority of the footprint is under Scope 3 (78% to business travel, commuting, paper and waste) with Scope 2 (electricity purchased) at 22%.

 

The contribution per employee is illustrated below.  The average footprint per employee is 4.8 CO2e/person/year and as a portion of office space it is 0.32 tCO2e/m2/year.  This compares favourably, and is in fact lower, than the average footprint per person or area of other offices assessed by AGAMA Energy to date.

Reduction Strategy 

AGAMA Energy is committed to becoming more carbon responsible by reducing as much as possible and seeking ways to match the CO2 emitted due to our operations with appropriate acceptable sustainablealternatives.  Some of these interventions include:

  • A few years back, AGAMA Energy moved into a ‘green building’ which has a low Scope 2 footprint due to maximising natural light, use of low energy lamps, passive cooling (no air conditioning) and some on-site renewable energy generation (a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels).  
  • In some projects the need for flights or ground travel was reduced by opting for teleconferencing and electronic reporting.  
  • To reduce the commuting footprint, one employee cycles about 40% of the time and another drives a diesel 1.9L light vehicle with a low combined consumption of 5.4L/100km.  
  • Employees manually switch off office lighting when the natural light is sufficient (most days) and turn off bathroom lights when unoccupied as well as office equipment when not in use.

Response Strategy

Since 2009 renewable energy certificates (RECs) have been purchased matching the electricity consumed.  This in affect ‘zeros’ the electricity footprint implies that AGAMA Energy has responded to 24% of its remaining carbon footprint after reduction. 

In 2011 AGAMA Energy donated and installed an AGAMA BiogasPro Smart Top digester (http://www.biogaspro.com/home.html) to Bonne Esperance Refugee Project, A Catholic Welfare & Development initiative (http://www.cwd.org.za/refugee.asp). While the facility benefits from the gas for cooking, recycled water for irrigation and improved sanitation and waste management, AGAMA will claim the carbon benefit for 2012 onwards. An independently verified calculation estimates that about 129 tonnes of CO2 will be mitigated over its 20-year life. This implies that AGAMA Energy’s carbon footprint would be matched from 2012 for about 4 years.

30 July 2013

Our 2012 office carbon footprint

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AGAMA Office Carbon Footprint

We at AGAMA are committed to 'walking the talk' and hence have calculated our carbon footprint (using guidance from GHG Protocol and ISO 14064) for the last 4 years (2012 as below and 2011, 2010, 2009) and are continuing for 2013.

Although the footprint is relatively small, AGAMA is still committed to reducing our footprint and thus positioning ourselves as a leading example in the field while at the same time providing sustainability education for employees.

Have you calculated your carbon footprint?

AGAMA uses GHG Protocol and ISO 14064 to calculate businesses and event carbon footprints and offers strategies to reduce and mitigate these footprints. Further information can be found in our footprinting profile. For a discussion and a quote please contact us on 021 701 3364 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AGAMA Carbon Trend

Now that we have four years of data we can begin tracking the trend. From the chart below it can be seen that the reduction from 2009 to 2012 was about 20 tonnes or a 40% reduction. This is mainly due to the drop in business travel – about 12t less for flights.carbon201201

2012 Carbon Footprint

The total carbon footprint for the AGAMA office in 2012 was 24.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The contributing factors are:

• Nearly half (42%) of that was due to business travel (flights were 64% of business related travel). The high share of flights is due to our operations across southern Africa.
• Next in line is commuting to and from work at 28% of the footprint. This is mostly by private vehicle as safe reliable public transport is limited to or from our offices (and in fact in South Africa generally).
• Electricity use makes up another 29% of the footprint
• Office waste produced and paper used make up the remaining 1%.

In the language of the GHG Protocol, AGAMA has no Scope 1 emissions (fuel purchased). The majority of the footprint is under Scope 3 (71% to business travel, commuting, paper and waste) with Scope 2 (electricity purchased) at 29%.carbon201202carbon201203The contribution per employee is illustrated below. The average footprint per employee is 3.5 CO2e/person/year and as a portion of office space it is 0.25 tCO2e/m2/year. This compares favourably, and is in fact lower, than the average footprint per person or area of other offices assessed by AGAMA to date.carbon201204

Reduction Strategy

AGAMA is committed to becoming more carbon responsible by reducing as much as possible and seeking ways to match the CO2 that is required for our operations with appropriate acceptable sustainable alternatives. Some of these interventions include:

• A few years back, AGAMA moved into a 'green building' which has a low Scope 2 footprint due to maximising natural light, use of low energy lamps, passive cooling (no air conditioning) and some on-site renewable energy generation (a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels).
• In some projects the need for flights or ground travel was reduced by opting for teleconferencing and electronic reporting.
• To reduce the commuting footprint, employees occasionally cycle.
• Employees manually switch off office lighting when the natural light is sufficient (most days) and turn off bathroom lights when unoccupied as well as office equipment when not in use.

Response Strategy

In 2011/2012 AGAMA donated and installed a BiogasPro digester (http://www.biogaspro.com/) at Bonne Esperance in Philippi (a home for refugees - http://www.cwd.org.za/refugee.asp) where the organic waste and sewage is fed to the unit and then produces biogas used for cooking in the kitchen. A verified calculation of the CO2 mitigated by burning the methane (instead of the organic waste and sewage sludge going to landfill) was estimated to be 6 tonnes per year for 20 years. Thus AGAMA has responded to its full carbon footprint for years 2011, 2012 and beyond.

05 February 2014

Our 2013 office carbon footprint

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AGAMA Office Carbon Footprint 2013

We at AGAMA are committed to ‘walking the talk’ and hence have calculated our carbon footprint (using guidance from GHG Protocol and ISO 14064) for the last 5 years (2013 as below and 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) and are continuing for 2014.  Although the footprint is relatively small, AGAMA is still committed to reducing our footprint and thus positioning ourselves as a leading example in the field while at the same time providing sustainability education for employees. 

AGAMA Carbon Trend

With five years of data we are able to start tracking the trend in carbon emissions.  From the Figure 1 below it can be seen that the reduction from 2009 to 2013 was about 28 tonnes or a 65% reduction. 

Figure 1: Trend of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2009-2013)

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A key reason for a reduction in our total carbon footprint in 2013 is a reduction in staff numbers. Our complement of full time equivalent (FTE) staff has dropped by just over one person. This results in less commuting, paper use, and business travel across the company. However, if we normalise our emissions per full-time staff we can see that the average footprint per employee is 3.5 tCO2e/person/year, down from 4 tCO2e/person/year in 2012 as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Trend of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions per Fulltime Staff (2009-2013)

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2013 Carbon Footprint

The total carbon footprint for the AGAMA office in 2013 was 15.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.  The key contributing factors are:

  • Staff commuting (travelling to and from work) represents the largest segment of the footprint at 38%. This is mostly by private vehicle as safe reliable public transport is limited to or from our offices.
  • Next in line is office electricity use which makes up 33% of the carbon footprint.  
  • Business travel i.e. flights and ground travel contributed 19% and 9% to the footprint respectively
  • Office waste and paper use make up the remaining 1%. 

In the language of the GHG Protocol, AGAMA has no Scope 1 emissions (i.e. fuel purchased to generate energy on site).  The majority of the footprint is under Scope 3 (67% to commuting, business travel, paper use and waste) with Scope 2 (electricity purchased) at 33%.

The contribution of all activities that impact the carbon footprint is shown in Figure 3 below, along with the associated breakdown of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

Figure 3: Contribution of Office Activities to AGAMA Carbon Footprint

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Figure 4 illustrates the contribution per employee to the total carbon footprint is illustrated below. 

Figure 4: Contribution to Carbon Footprint per employee

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*Electricity usage per person relates to the length of time each person has been employed at AGAMA during 2013, hence the variation between employees shown in the chart above for emissions associated with Electricity

Reduction Strategy

AGAMA is committed to becoming more carbon responsible by reducing as much as possible and seeking ways to match the CO2 that is required for our operations with appropriate acceptable sustainable alternatives.  Some of these interventions include:

  • A few years back, AGAMA moved into a ‘green building’ which has a low Scope 2 footprint due to maximising natural light, use of low energy lamps, passive cooling (no air conditioning) and some on-site renewable energy generation (a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels). 
  • Teleconferencing and electronic reporting are encouraged over flights or ground travel.
  • Employees manually switch off office lighting when the natural light is sufficient (most days) and turn off bathroom lights when unoccupied as well as office equipment when not in use.

Response Strategy

In 2011/2012 AGAMA donated and installed a BiogasPro digester (http://www.biogaspro.com/) at Bonne Esperance in Philippi (a home for refugees - http://www.cwd.org.za/refugee.asp) where the organic waste and sewage is fed to the unit and then produces biogas used for cooking in the kitchen. An independent third party verification of the CO2 mitigated by burning the methane (instead of the organic waste and sewage sludge going to landfill) was estimated to be 6 tonnes per year for 20 years. Thus AGAMA has responded to its full carbon footprint for years 2011, 2012 and 2013.  

28 April 2015

Our 2014 office carbon footprint

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AGAMA Office Carbon Footprint 2014

We at AGAMA are committed to ‘walking the talk’ and hence have calculated our carbon footprint (using guidance from GHG Protocol and ISO 14064) for the last 6 years (2014 as below and 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009) and are continuing for 2015.  Although the footprint is relatively small, AGAMA is still committed to reducing our footprint and thus positioning ourselves as a leading example in the field while at the same time providing sustainability education for employees. 

AGAMA Carbon Trend

With six years of data we are able to start tracking the trend in carbon emissions. From the Figure 1 below it can be seen that the reduction from 2009 to 2014 was about 34 tonnes or a 78% reduction.

Figure 1: Trend of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2009-2014)

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 A contributing factor for the reduction in our total carbon footprint in 2014 is a slight reduction in staff numbers. Our complement of full time equivalent (FTE) staff has dropped by just over half a person. This results in less commuting, paper use, and business travel across the company. However, if we normalise our emissions per full-time staff we can see that the average footprint per employee is 2.5 tCO2e/person/year, down from 3.5 tCO2e/person/year in 2013 as shown in Figure 2. This is due to the following factors:

  • A change in one of the staff members, with the new staff member having a considerably shorter commute to the office and a more fuel efficient vehicle.
  • An existing staff member acquiring an electric bicycle during the second half of the year, which was used for commuting to and from the office when appropriate.

Figure 2: Trend of Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions per Fulltime Staff (2009-2014)

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2014 Carbon Footprint

 The total carbon footprint for the AGAMA office in 2014 was 9.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The key contributing factors are:

  • Staff commuting (travelling to and from work) represents the largest segment of the footprint at 43%. This is mostly by private vehicle as safe reliable public transport is limited to and from our offices.
  • Next in line is office electricity use which makes up 38% of the carbon footprint.  
  • Business travel i.e. flights and ground travel contributed 15% and 3% to the footprint respectively
  • Office waste and paper use make up the remaining 1%. 

In the language of the GHG Protocol, AGAMA has no Scope 1 emissions (i.e. fuel purchased to generate energy on site).  The majority of the footprint is under Scope 3 (62% to commuting, business travel, paper use and waste) with Scope 2 (electricity purchased) at 38%.

The contribution of all activities that impact the carbon footprint is shown in Figure 3 below, along with the associated breakdown of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

Figure 3: Contribution of Office Activities to AGAMA Carbon Footprint

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Figure 4 illustrates the contribution per employee to the total carbon footprint is illustrated below. 

Figure 4: Contribution to Carbon Footprint per employee

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Reduction Strategy

AGAMA is committed to becoming more carbon responsible by reducing as much as possible and seeking ways to match the CO2 that is required for our operations with appropriate acceptable sustainable alternatives.  Some of these interventions include:

  • A few years back, AGAMA moved into a ‘green building’ which has a low Scope 2 footprint due to maximising natural light, use of low energy lamps, passive cooling (no air conditioning) and some on-site renewable energy generation (a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels). 
  • Teleconferencing and electronic reporting are encouraged over flights or ground travel.
  • Employees manually switch off office lighting when the natural light is sufficient (most days) and turn off bathroom lights when unoccupied as well as office equipment when not in use.

Response Strategy

In 2011/2012 AGAMA donated and installed a BiogasPro digester (http://www.biogaspro.com/) at Bonne Esperance in Philippi (a home for refugees - http://www.cwd.org.za/refugee.asp) where the organic waste and sewage is fed to the unit and then produces biogas used for cooking in the kitchen. An independent third party verification of the CO2 mitigated by burning the methane (instead of the organic waste and sewage sludge going to landfill) was estimated to be 6 tonnes per year for 20 years. Thus AGAMA has responded to its full carbon footprint for years 2011, 20122013 and 2014.  

27 January 2016

Our 2015 office carbon footprint

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AGAMA Office Carbon Footprint 2015

We at AGAMA are committed to 'walking the talk' and hence have calculated our carbon footprint (using guidance from GHG Protocol and ISO 14064) for the last 7 years (2015 as below and 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), and are continuing for 2016. Although the footprint is relatively small, AGAMA is still committed to reducing our footprint and thus positioning ourselves as a leading example in the field while at the same time providing sustainability education for employees.

We have changed our carbon footprint strategy going forward. From the 2016 year we will be reporting on our actual waste. Recycling, wet and general waste will be measured monthly and appropriately disposed of. Recycling is sorted at source and will be collected by a recycling facility when required. Wet waste is collected in an organic composter with the compost and compost tea being used for our office plants.

AGAMA Carbon Trend

With seven years of data we are able to start tracking the trend in carbon emissions. From the Figure 1 below it can be seen that the reduction from 2009 to 2015 was about 36 tonnes or a 83% reduction.

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A contributing factor for the increase in our total carbon footprint in 2015 is a change in staff and business flight numbers. Our complement of full time equivalent (FTE) staff has decreased by just under half a person. This results in less commuting, paper use, and business travel across the company. If we normalise our emissions per full-time staff we can see that the average footprint per employee is 2.1 tCO2e/person/year, down from 2.5 tCO2e/person/year in 2014 as shown in Figure 2. This is due to the following factors:

• A change in staff members.
• Fewer business flights required.

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2015 Carbon Footprint

The total carbon footprint for the AGAMA office in 2015 was 7.2 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The key contributing factors are:

  • Office electricity represents the largest segment of the footprint at 42%.
  • Next in line is staff commuting (travelling to and from work) which makes up 39%. This is mostly by private vehicle as safe reliable public transport is limited to and from our offices.
  • Business travel i.e. flights and ground travel contributed 15% and 1% to the footprint respectively
  • Office waste and paper use make up the remaining 3%. 

In the language of the GHG Protocol, AGAMA has no Scope 1 emissions (i.e. fuel purchased to generate energy on site).  The majority of the footprint is under Scope 3 (38% to commuting, business travel, paper use and waste) with Scope 2 (electricity purchased) at 62%.

The contribution of all activities that impact the carbon footprint is shown in Figure 3 below, along with the associated breakdown of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions

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Figure 4 illustrates the contribution per employee to the total carbon footprint. 

 

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Reduction Strategy

AGAMA is committed to becoming more carbon responsible by reducing as much as possible and seeking ways to match the CO2 that is required for our operations with appropriate acceptable sustainable alternatives.  Some of these interventions include:

  • A few years back, AGAMA moved into a ‘green building’ which has a low Scope 2 footprint due to maximising natural light, use of low energy lamps, passive cooling (no air conditioning) and some on-site renewable energy generation (a solar water heater and photovoltaic panels). 
  • Teleconferencing and electronic reporting are encouraged over flights or ground travel.
  • Employees manually switch off office lighting when the natural light is sufficient (most days) and turn off bathroom lights when unoccupied as well as office equipment when not in use.

Response Strategy

In 2011/2012 AGAMA donated and installed a BiogasPro digester (http://www.biogaspro.com/) at Bonne Esperance in Philippi (a home for refugees - http://www.cwd.org.za/refugee.asp) where the organic waste and sewage is fed to the unit and then produces biogas used for cooking in the kitchen. An independent third party verification of the CO2 mitigated by burning the methane (instead of the organic waste and sewage sludge going to landfill) was estimated to be 6 tonnes per year for 20 years. Thus AGAMA has responded to its full carbon footprint for years 2011, 20122013,2014 and 2015.