HomeLink Healthcare is a member of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) Climate Change Group and is committed to being Net Zero carbon emissions for scope 1 and 2 by 2035 and Net Zero carbon emissions for its supply chain by 2045, aligned to the IHPN climate pledge.
Baseline emissions are 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 measured.
Baseline Year and first reporting period: 01/01/2022-31/12/2022
Additional Details relating to the Baseline Emissions calculations.
Between March and June 2023 HomeLink Healthcare Ltd undertook a comprehensive carbon accounting exercise for its business activities for the first time. This encompassed a full screening, and subsequent calculation of Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions sources, in line with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Value Chain Standard.
Choice of Baseline Year:
2022 was chosen as the Baseline Year because prior to 2023 HomeLink Healthcare Ltd had not formally measured its carbon emissions and this is its first Carbon Reduction Plan.
Baseline Emissions Calculations:
Unless otherwise stated, carbon emissions conversion factors for 2022, published by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), were applied to the relevant ‘activity data’ of HomeLink Healthcare Ltd across the portfolio of emissions sources identified.
The organisation applies the operational control approach to define its reporting boundary.
The emissions sources included, activity data and methods used for carbon accounting are detailed below:
Company Facilities: HomeLink Healthcare Ltd (HLHC) did not have operational control over any company facilities in 2022. The company rented a very small space in shared offices, with any direct responsibility for energy consumption, costs and fugitive emissions lying with the Landlord.
Mobile sources: HLHC had two company vehicles, the only source of Scope 1 emissions.
HLHC had no Company Facilities, operated no electric charging infrastructure and had no electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles and therefore no Scope 2 emissions sources.
Scope 3.0: Categories required to be reported under this measure
Upstream Transportation and Distribution:
Any emissions related to the transportation and distribution of goods between Tier 1 suppliers and HLHC are included within reporting of Purchased Goods and Services. Transportation and distribution data was not provided separately to HLHC in 2022.
Waste Generated in Operations:
In 2022 PPE worn by HLHC’s clinical teams visiting patients generated the only waste in operations. This waste was generally disposed of through patients’ domestic waste and emissions have been calculated using conversion factors for household residual waste.
Expenses data has been used to calculate business travel, with BEIS conversion factors being used for business mileage and SIC intensity factors based on spend being used for hotel stays, public transport and taxis.
The vast majority of emissions in this category relate to working from home as there were very few employee journeys into offices or other sites, that were not considered business travel, during 2022. Working from home emissions have been derived from hours worked at home by corporate staff, applying an appropriate hourly homeworking emissions factor.
Downstream Transportation and Distribution:
HLHC has no downstream transportation and distribution activity.
Scope 3.1: Additional categories measured and reported
In addition to the Scope 3 categories required under this measure we have also included the following Scope 3 categories in our baseline year emissions:
• Purchased goods and services
• Capital Goods
• Fuel and Energy Related Activity
• Use of Sold Products
Scope 3 emissions account for 98.4% of HLHC’s total emissions.
Of the categories required to be reported under this measure business travel is by far the largest source of emissions making up 97% and will continue to be a key focus area of efficiency and carbon reduction efforts for HLHC.
Additional categories measured and reported make up 48% of Scope 3 emissions, and 47% of total emissions. They are included in reporting as HLHC considers it essential to measure, track and report all material sources of carbon emissions to have a credible Net Zero commitment and carbon reduction strategy.
Purchased Goods and Services and Capital Goods alone accounted for 56% of Scope 3 emissions and 53% of total emissions and will become an area of focus for the organisation going forward.
Reporting Year: 2022
As 2022 is the baseline year emissions for the reporting year 2022 are the same as detailed above
We have adopted the following carbon reduction targets to set our course to achieve Net Zero:
Carbon Intensity Reduction Targets
In order to provide the short-term focus required, while acknowledging likely increases in demand for our services over the coming years, we have set near term carbon intensity reduction targets per £1,000 of company turnover.
HomeLink Healthcare Ltd aims to reduce carbon emissions from a baseline of 45 kgCO2e per £1,000 turnover in 2022:
Absolute Emissions Reduction Targets
We have also set a longer-term absolute emissions reduction target, aligned to the NHS’ “Carbon Footprint Plus” absolute emissions reduction target for Scope 1, 2 and 3.
We will reduce our total Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions by 80% by 2036 to 2039 to less than 63 tCO2e from a baseline of 316 tCO2e in 2022.
We will update on progress against these emissions reduction targets annually in our updated Carbon Reduction Plans.
Sustainable practices we already follow at HomeLink Healthcare and actions we have taken to reduce carbon emissions include the following:
These measures will be in effect when performing contracts.
We plan to undertake the following environmental management, enabling and direct carbon reduction measures during the next 12 months:
In the future we hope to implement further measures such as:
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 standard1 and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting-2.
Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard-3.
This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors (or equivalent management body). The signed document can be found here.
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