Environment

Environment

We are committed to providing sustainable and socially responsible settings in which children can be fully prepared for their responsibilities to both the environment and the global community.

 

Our Environmental Record 
 

'Climate Positive' June 2021: 

We are saving more greenhouse gases than are generated by our nurseries and Head Office after recording another year on year reduction in our carbon footprint - as part of our commitment to be ‘Net Zero’ in our emissions by 2030 – and investment in United Nations-certified carbon reduction projects.

The two United Nations Certified Emission Reduction (UNCER) projects involve the distribution of solar water heaters across India, and a wind farm in the northern state of Rajasthan, which replace use of fossil fuel-generated grid electricity while also providing employment opportunities for local communities there. 

The savings total 6,500 tCo2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) effectively wiping out our verified carbon footprint of 5,903 tCO2e and creates a ‘credit’ to account for unknowns.

Childbase Partnership Sustainable Travel Challenge:

A unique focus on tackling so-called ‘Scope 3’ emissions generated by staff and parents in accessing our sites, one of the largest remaining contributors to our carbon footprint.

Full details and the support available to us in undertaking the challenge to travel more sustainably can be found in Parent Information on the website or by clicking here.

Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions – Direct Emissions (those controlled by the company), Indirect Emissions (those purchased - typically electricity) and other indirect emissions like customer and employee travel.

Accurate Carbon Footprint/Net Zero by 30:

The first Early years provider to complete a full scale, year-long energy use and emissions measuring exercise – in 2018 by external specialist Planet Mark – to establish a carbon footprint for each setting and publish the results alongside a commitment to achieve NetZeroby30.

Green Energy Since 2006:

Electricity produced from renewable sources produces zero carbon emissions. Childbase Green Electricity use for 2019/2020 alone was 1,465,953 KWh – that is 0.23314 kg CO2 saved for each kWh produced from a carbon-free source. ‘Green electricity’ feeds the grid which powers our operations so we include a share of the carbon generated by the use of non-renewable sources in our carbon footprint.

Zero waste to landfill:

     

Over 750,000kg diverted in the 18 months to June 2021 alone via Anaerobic Digestion and Material Reclamation Facilities with non-recyclable materials used in Energy from Waste processes to power hospitals or boost the National Electricity Grid. 

Disposable nappy waste recycling since 2011:

Over one million nappies a year weighing over 216 tonnes collected and sorted by specialists. Each tonne of nappy waste diverted from landfill saves 536kg of co2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

Eco-Schools 'Green Flag' Awards June 2021:

All 44 nurseries hold Eco-Schools ‘Green Flags’ for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation. A total of 16 nurseries attained a second consecutive Green Flag – making Childbase the largest Early Years leader in this programme.

Read more about our Eco-Schools programme here.

Soil Association Silver 'Food for Life Served Here' Award:

Plant-rich menus include ‘meat-free’ days to reduce carbon emissions and all food is ethically and sustainably sourced.

The Food for Life Served Here’ Silver Award recognizes an approach to nutrition which goes much further than the high-quality meals and snacks served in nursery, as children are also learning about the foods that support healthy growth and development.

Read more about our food policy and menus here.

Cool Earth Project: 

You can view our Acre of Rainforest Certificate here

An acre of the world’s most endangered rainforest in Ashaninka, Northern Peru, home to 2,960 indigenous peoples and 22 endangered species protected to offset emissions by 260 tCO2e.(2019)

Eden Reforestation Project:

Over 2,000 trees planted, one for each current employee and a commitment to plant one for every new recruit.

Other initiatives include: a ‘Cycle to Work’ programme offering colleagues in all settings savings on bike and safety accessory purchases of between 32% and 42%, and a programme of LED lighting replacement in all settings.