Manchester-based Propeller is first UK software firm to be certified carbon-neutral
October 2020: Manchester-based software company Propeller Powered is the first tech company in the UK to be certified by ClimatePartner for carbon-neutral operations.
To date there are just 22 certified companies within the UK, and Propeller Powered is the first SAAS (software as a service) company to get on board. The company is offsetting its emissions with investment into a hydropower project in Indonesia, enabling the local community to harness the power of natural and renewable resources to save the equivalent of 200,000 tons of CO2 per year.*
ClimatePartner combines market-leading expertise to measure carbon footprint with a certified labelling system, and provides support with strategies for emissions reduction and avoidance including clean mobility and sustainability. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company opened a new London office in August 2020 and currently supports more than 2,500 companies in 35 countries. Once businesses have calculated their initial total carbon emissions, these are then offset via investment into a variety of sustainable projects around the world.
Early adopters include the printing and packaging sector, with increasing numbers coming from manufacturing and retail. Aldi UK and Ireland has been a ClimatePartner since 2012, working to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions per square metre of sales floor by 53% so far through adoption of solar power for its stores and distribution centres and upgrading to appliances that are the most environmentally friendly.
Propeller Powered is a software company developing job management and compliance software for the housing sector. Deborah Boden, business development director says: “At Propeller, the green approach is key to our own corporate values - we vet our suppliers and any recommended partners to ensure those values are shared by those we work with. It means that our clients can also be confident that they are buying a climate-neutral product and service, and making a positive contribution to the fight against global warming. The ClimatePartners programme is a great way for us to manage our carbon emissions and demonstrate our carbon-neutrality. We’re proud to be the first software company in the UK to sign up and would encourage businesses from all sectors to consider doing the same.”
In order to achieve ClimatePartner certification, Propeller Powered completed a comprehensive audit to calculate their own carbon emissions, including those generated by energy consumption through office heating, electricity usage, rackspace and travel. In collating all of that information, the business now has a benchmark of the quantity of carbon emissions, and ClimatePartner can calculate the offset amount.
Deborah says: “The carbon audit process also gave us a good insight into areas of hte business where other efficiencies could be made, and as we’ll be repeating it on an annual basis, it’s an excellent way to monitor how our carbon emissions are reducing - and efficiencies increasing - over time.”
About Propeller Powered
Propeller provides cloud-based workforce management and compliance solutions to both Contractors and Landlords empowering them to drive key performance, maintain safer homes and achieve peace of mind on property compliance.