Animalcare is a Carbon Neutral business
Animalcare has achieved carbon neutral status as part of its commitment to run our business sustainably. We undertook a detailed assessment of our carbon emissions in 2020 and have worked to reduce them, whilst also instituting offsetting measures, such as tree-planting, to enable us to become carbon neutral.
Animalcare’s carbon emissions assessment report was undertaken by Carbon Footprint Ltd, which helps organisations to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Some of our highest carbon-emitting activities related to business travel and have been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but Animalcare is continuing to adopt measures, such as virtual meetings, to ensure that emissions in this area do not rise again once travel restrictions are lifted. We are also evaluating renewable energy suppliers for our headquarters in York.
Tree planting projects
To offset our emissions, we are also participated in the Brazil Verified Carbon Standard REED project, which is working to prevent unplanned deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.
In addition, to support a further reduction of carbon in the atmosphere in the UK, Animalcare planted more than 200 native British broad-leaved trees at a primary school close to our UK headquarters in April 2021. As well as the environmental benefits to wildlife and human well-being they offer, trees sequester carbon and, in so doing, help to mitigate the impact of human activity.
While some aspects of our work, for instance the packaging for the products we provide, are governed by regulation so beyond our direct control, that is why we are focusing our efforts on what we can do to make a difference; ensuring that we reduce our travel and that we use renewable energy suppliers.
In 2021, Animalcare and Vet Sustain entered into a joint partnership to help drive sustainability in the veterinary industry.
Vet Sustain is a UK-based social enterprise working to enable and inspire veterinary professionals to continually improve the health and wellbeing of animals, people and the environment. They produce tools, training and communications for veterinary professionals centred around their six Veterinary Sustainability Goals (SDGs) which are aligned with the UN’s SDGs.
Animalcare will now benefit from expertise and insights from the Vet Sustain group through their new range of supporter packages, which include joint events, in-house training and marketing. It is envisaged that this partnership will help Animalcare to identify and implement key changes to optimise the sustainability of their own operations, and support a transition towards more sustainable products and services for the wider veterinary industry.