• Autism at Kingwood – Our Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

    In July 2021, Ellen Welsh joined Autism at Kingwood for a purposely designed internship as Environmental Impact Officer. Ellen had just finished her Geography degree at Reading University, and was waiting to start her masters in Environmental Technology at London Imperial, when the Autism at Kingwood Internship caught her eye. As renewable energy and sustainability were core interests for Ellen she applied and, after excelling in the interview, began her placement with us.

    Ellen’s role specification was to look at Autism at Kingwood’s carbon footprint and compare pre-Covid levels with levels during the pandemic and lock-down, and look for learnings to enable us to reduce carbon emissions. To gain a bit of background she sent out a questionnaire to office and support staff.

    The questionnaire highlighted some interesting challenges for Ellen, as she recognised that the nature of providing support to vulnerable people meant that there were areas where reducing emissions would be more difficult, for example the ability to use public transport could be a limiting factor. By comparing expense reports from 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 she did, however, find that reduction in travel to and from head office accounted for a significant reduction in emissions.

    Ellen produced a comprehensive report on Autism at Kingwood’s environmental impact and key findings included:

     

    Using Ellen’s report the charity is committing to the long term goal of reducing Kingwood’s carbon footprint by 50% on the 2019-2020 data. This is in line with science-based targets to keep global temperature changes to less than 2 degrees Celsius. In order to set realistic targets, Kingwood has set itself an objective to reduce its carbon footprint by 10% a year, over the next 5 years.

    Read the full report to see our strategies and goals to further reduce our carbon footprint by 2023.

    Abi Cowley

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