Cutting homeworkers' footprint

Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) has estimated that their employees carbon emissions from working at home due to the pandemic could represent up to 60 per cent of their overall 2020 carbon footprint. In order to help reduce this impact upon the climate, the company has partnered with Pawprint and will initially target a representative sample of 500 colleagues from around the world to use the Pawprint for Business carbon App.

The online tool which helps users measure, understand and reduce their carbon footprint. The results will provide data on the emissions their people create when working from home, and also allow them to offset those emissions as part of the company’s carbon neutral commitment. Users can also earn ‘Pawpoints’, which are converted into donations for environmental charities.

SLA already has operational targets in place to reduce its emissions from energy use by half by 2030 and currently offsets its remaining operational footprint.

Sandy MacDonald, global head of sustainability at SLA, said: “Everyone at Standard Life Aberdeen is really excited to be teaming up with Pawprint to become one of their first Pawprint Pioneers. The Pawprint App will not only enable our people to understand and tackle their own carbon footprint, but also allow us to better understand the impact on emissions of our employees working from home. We will then be able to offset this as part of our carbon neutral commitment and further work with our people to reduce it. Standard Life Aberdeen is committed to help fight climate change and we can’t wait to get started on this project.”

The Pawprint Pioneers Program is seeking to attract climate conscious businesses and organisations to become early adopters and help shape the Pawprint For Business offering. The multinational brewery and pub chain, Brewdog became the first business to sign up earlier this year.

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