Our carbon emissions explained

This week is COP28, the annual climate change conference where world leaders meet to discuss solutions to the environmental crisis. As a responsible brand, we see it as our duty to leave a positive impact on the world. Along with introducing circular design principles and using lower impact fabrics, we’ve also been on a mission to understand our carbon emissions – past and present. It’s been a consistent theme at COP for many years.

 

We’re doing our bit

Over the past 12 months, we’ve been working with a carbon consultancy to calculate our carbon footprint for 2021… and the results are in:

Total emissions: 4647.4 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)
Scope 1 (our direct emissions): 22.3 tCO2e
Scope 2 (our indirect emissions): 16.4 tCO2e
Scope 3 (all other associated emissions e.g. from our supply chain): 4608.7 tCO2e

 

The two areas where we created the most emissions was through the production of our clothes and the use of them afterwards by NC customers.

Our purchased NC goods & services – this mostly comes from the manufacturing of our products and we’re working on reducing it
Use of sold NC products – this is related to how you care for your clothes after you’ve bought them and can be reduced through simple switch-ups such as washing at 30 degrees and air drying instead of using the tumble dryer

Calculating our emissions is a big job. The next step is to understand our 2022 carbon assessment, after which we’ll work with experts to create a reduction strategy. We’re not COPin’ out – stay tuned.