Despite the emissions caused by our travels it should be said that the emissions could have been much higher. BSD works with local people. We do not fly consultants from one place to another for a project. For example, if we have a project in multiple locations we work together with the local teams to implement the project.
2013 is the first year that we have calculated our emissions. We have only reviewed our air travel. The total mileage is calculated over total global revenue, and per employee. The volume of our travel is not significant in absolute terms, but we think this is material to set an example and follow best practice.
BSD’s total emissions resulting from air travel correspond to the emissions that an international congress with several dozen participants would cause. Given the fact that China and Brazil have continental extensions, the travel activity is intense, but not exaggerated.
Starting in 2015, we began re-evaluating our approach and systems to track our environmental impact. As such, we are not currently reporting any environmental data for 2015 and 2016. In 2017, we developed a new methodology to track and report on our environmental impact which includes emissions related to energy use in our offices and those generated by business travel. This methodology was put into place starting in January 2018. In reporting year 2018, we aim to present the data collected from this approach.