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Carbon Reduction Plan

The world confronts an urgent carbon problem. The carbon in our atmosphere is changing
the world’s climate. Already, the planet’s temperature has risen by 1 degree centigrade. If
we don’t curb emissions and temperatures continue to climb, the results will be catastrophic.
The world’s climate experts agree that the world must take urgent action to bring down
emissions. We must reach “net zero” emissions, tasking us all, as businesses and individuals, to
reduce our carbon footprint going forward This will take action-orientated approaches,
utilising the technology of both today and tomorrow, alongside innovative public policy. It is
an ambitious goal, but a goal of fundamental importance to every person alive today and
for every generation to follow.

Achieving Net Zero at Avado by 2050

At Avado we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and are doing our part to
support and achieve this ambitious goal. Avado are committed to achieving Net Zero
emissions from our operations and partners in our supply chain by 2050.
This Carbon Reduction Plan will be reviewed and updated regularly (at least annually) and is
applicable to all Avado Group trading entities Avado Learning Limited, BC Arch Limited, Asia
Pacific Pte Limited, and Avado Hong Kong Pte Limited.

Emissions Footprint

The emissions footprint is a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the
past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions.
Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be

Avado have chosen 2019 as our baseline to give a true reflection of our emissions during a
full year of normalised business growth, to provide an accurate picture, relative to the
ongoing impacts of CoVid during 2020 and 202. This is our first-year reporting period.

Emissions Total (TCO2e)

Scope 1

0.00 (Emissions from combustion of fuel for transport purposes have been included in Scope 3 calculations)

Scope 2


Scope 3




Emissions Total (TCO2e)

Scope 1

0.00 (Emissions from combustion of fuel for transport purposes have been included in Scope 3 calculations)

Scope 2


Scope 3




Emissions reduction report

As this is our first year of reporting we have taken live data from the baseline in 2019.
Appreciating that there will be a distorted view of reductions for 2020, because of Covid-19
restrictions, our next full report will show from January 2021 to January 2022.
Avado anticipate that the next report will give a truer picture of our post Covid ways of
working, and we do anticipate an increase in emissions reported as worldwide “living with
Covid-19 plans” are rolled out and ways of working and travel normalise.
Avado still intend to minimise business travel by promoting more flexible working and green
travel initiatives.

To sustain our progress to achieving Net Zero, we have adopted the following carbon
reduction projects.

2020-2021 Carbon Reduction Projects

The following environmental management measures and projects have been completed or
implemented since the 2019 baseline.

In 2020, Avado took the opportunity to reassess our ways of working and physical workspaces
and took several steps that have contributed to the reduction of our carbon footprint.

1. Hybrid working: – Avado implemented a company-wide commitment offering a
hybrid working model to all employees, reducing the amount of time employees
would be required to spend in our physical offices. This has reduced commuting times
across the board and this commitment will continue to be offered as we come out of
the restrictions associated with the pandemic.

2. Office Locations: – Avado completed a downsizing activity on each office location,
as it was clear that the large spaces we had prior to the pandemic, would no longer
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be utilised by our employees or our learners who used to attend our offices for faceto-face classroom training. These have all been moved to a fully virtual classroom
model, with all of our learning experiences fulfilled digitally. As such the following
actions were undertaken:

  • 2020 London office and classrooms: – Head office was relocated to serviced
    offices with no classrooms and less desk space
  • 2020 Manchester office and classrooms: – was closed as it was determined that
    employees based in this location could work from home and suitable alternative
    online assessments and training could be delivered to learners to support their
    needs without requiring them to attend the location
  • 2021 Birmingham office and classrooms: – was relocated to serviced office with
    no classrooms and a smaller overall footprint.
    When assessing these office moves, the following factors that supported our carbon
    reduction plan included: –
  • Ensuring the office location is by public transport hubs to reduce commuting
    times, minimise the requirement to drive to our locations, as well as enable
    alternative commuting methods, such as the support of our cycle to work scheme
  • Filter taps built into main kitchens reducing need to use third party suppliers and
    reducing plastic and glass wastage
  • Ensuring office design includes multiple recycling points – paper, plastics, and


3. Becoming paperless company: – Avado have made significant strides to achieve this
during the pandemic, however we expect that this may need to be an ongoing
project now we are returning to office working and to further educate staff in terms of
both adopting and using electronic storage and digital note taking.

2022 Carbon Reduction Initiatives

1. Eliminating corporate single use waste by providing colleagues with reusable
alternatives in our office locations.

2. Full adoption of being a paperless company in the office and at home through
the continued education of employees in the use of Microsoft Products, (Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint), ASANA as a project
management tool and other process optimisation tools.

3. Reduction of company confidential and general waste produced at our office
locations which will be a direct output of the first two items listed above.

4. Implementation of an Environmental Sustainability policy to further strengthen our
commitment to these carbon reduction plans.

5. Supply chain will be reviewed to ensure they are environmentally friendly and
equally supportive of achieving reductions in their own carbon footprint.

Future initiatives under consideration

1. Considering ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management certification and/or an
alternative accreditation most appropriate to our type and size of business.

2. Continue to seek other ways to reduce or eliminate our paper-based activity.

3. Continue to review our Hybrid Working Environments to see how we can continue
to minimise commuting to our office locations where practical.

4. Consider the need for travel in our business activities and how we can maintain
the right level of communication with our clients and learners via online channels,
which further minimises the need for travel, where practical.

5. Encourage clients and learners to continue to adopt online learning and minimise
face to face learning delivery.

6. Encourage staff to use public transport (trains and buses) where possible,
however where car travel is required, promote the use of electric

7. Continue to support our cycle to work schemes and assess alternative schemes in
non-UK locations.

8. Creation of an internal working group to discuss ‘green’ initiatives to feed into
reduction policies.

9. Explore partnerships with organisations to allow us to invest in green/
environmentally friendly and sustainable programmes to offset our carbon.

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 standard
and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas
company reporting.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with technical
guidelines. We have referred to the Environmental Reporting Guidelines including SECR, the
required subset of Scope 3 emissions has been reported in accordance with the published
reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3)

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed by the Avado Board and signed off by the
Avado Group CEO, Mark Creighton