At our AGM this week, we had a look at the environmental impact of Open Data Services Co-op (a team of 11, distributed across the UK in home-working and co-working settings, working on domestic and international projects).
Over the last year we’ve tried to monitor some aspects of environmental impact, tracking flights and estimating carbon costs of our workplace. A lot of our travel though is train travel in UK and Europe, and we’ve not found a good way to track this without admin overheads. We’re also aware a lot of the impact from our work might also come from clients travelling to see us, rather than the other way around.
We made a carbon offset payment based on calculations from SITE, and put the same amount again to a local community environment project, as we wanted to (a) make the total amount more tangible for thinking about reducing our carbon impact; (b) we were not sure of the effectiveness of carbon offset (though we couldn’t find any up-to-date solid advice on this, only lots of discussions mostly from a few years back).
We think there is more we could or should be doing to track and reduce our environmental impact, but we’re not sure of the way forward - and most environmental consultancy-type advice services we’ve seen look like they are setup for more traditional business set-ups (office based / capital intensive manufacturing etc.).
So - co-tech hivemind:
- Are you doing anything to track / reduce / address environmental impacts of your work?
- In particular - any good ways of tracking carbon impacts from rail etc. without big admin overhead?
- Any tips for trying to address these issues in distributed tech co-op context?