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The Goodwash Company took part in a three month immersive Business Wales programme designed to help Welsh businesses achieve net zero.
We joined seven other Welsh Businesses on the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme Carbon Emission Reduction Programme, receiving support to measure our baseline carbon emissions and develop emission reduction plans to achieve net zero by 2050. The programme is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
By participating we were able to benefit from specialist workshops and coaching from sustainabilty experts
We at Goodwash are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. This report has shown us how incredibly well we are doing, we are proud of this achievement.
However we recognise Nid da lle gellir gwell (it’s not good if better exists) and in line with our values we will strive to do better to achieve carbon zero.Mandy Powell, CEO and Founder of The Goodwash Company.
Having researched our carbon footprint, as part of the Welsh Government Net Zero pilot, we now understand that our footprint is already low . Our role is to maintain our low carbon footprint as we grow as well as role model sustainable futures leadership in both our sector and the wider Welsh economy.
Unfortunately it was not possible to benchmark The Goodwash Company to a comparable business due to a lack of data from look-alike businesses across Wales and UK, including a lack of any skincare company emissions data.
Further research is required which might involve purchasing data from an external organisation. However, we have been able to compare our intensity metrics to 3 other businesses based in Wales. You can see from the table that our carbon intensity is significantly below that of other businesses.
tCO2e per £M revenue
- Goodwash 145
- Commercial bakery 483
- Dairy 679
- Recyclers 741
Commenting on the programme Mandy Powell said:
“As a small business with a large social conscience we wanted to measure our carbon emissions and work towards carbon zero status as we grow. Many of our staff live locally and either walk or cycle to work. We also make many of the products from locally sourced ingredients. The programme offered us the much needed expert support to develop a realistic and detailed plan to help us deliver a carbon zero supply chain and logistics model.’
Richard Morris, Programme Director for the Accelerated Growth Programme, said:
“We have been blown away by the commitment our Carbon Emission Reduction Programme participants have shown over the last three months. We have packed an enormous amount into a short time and have been so impressed by the dedication and tenacity of the companies in developing their ambitious carbon reduction plans.”
Goodwash Carbon Reduction Goals
These are the initial goals we will be working on in order to deliver our near term emission targets.
● We plan to further strengthen our packaging approach using support from Swansea University to help us identify low-carbon packaging that works for our products.
● We will be switching our vehicle to hybrid or electric depending on funding and availability.
● We anticipate a 100% reduction in our freight-related carbon emissions due to changes to the operational model (buying more locally where we can and/or less frequently) along with changes to our courier’s vehicles. We currently use Royal Mail and DPD.
The Carbon Emission Reduction Programme was launched to support the Welsh Government’s Net Zero Wales Plan, which outlines the commitment to achieving net zero and a greener, stronger, fairer Wales.
Jonny Tench private sector lead advisor for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and chair of awards said:
“Inspired by the Well-Being of Future Generations of Wales Act, these businesses are joining many others across Wales in making the nation a better place to live and work. Welsh Government has ambitious plans for Wales to become net zero by 2050, and businesses have a crucial role to play if we are to meet that ambition.
“We were so impressed by the commitment and drive all businesses have shown in developing their ambitious carbon reduction plans. We wish to congratulate all eight companies who completed the programme. We look forward to seeing how they progress against their plans and working with Business Wales to share the valuable lessons from this programme more widely.”
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