When Aiimi set up its Goes Green initiative, committing to Carbon Neutral Plus became environmental goal numero uno. An independent assessment showed our carbon footprint to total 167 tonnes in 2019 alone, mainly stemming from on-site energy use and business-related travel. Amounting to almost two tonnes per employee at that time, our first step towards our carbon neutral status focused on how to offset those legacy emissions.

Offsetting carbon emissions – Uganda Borehole Rehabilitation Project

Covering estimated margins of error and balancing out our emissions, we aimed to offset our footprint in full (206 tonnes). To achieve this, we financially supported an initiative called the Borehole Rehabilitation Project, which supplies clean, safe drinking water to local communities in Uganda. Not only is this project in keeping with our key customers, Anglian Water and Northumbrian Water, but it also limits unnecessary carbon emissions from burning firewood for safe boiled drinking water.

Carbon Neutral Plus – getting the green light

Now that we’ve offset the same amount of carbon we’ve created, we’re proud to announce that Carbon Footprint has certified Aiimi Carbon Neutral Plus. But it doesn’t stop there! Looking ahead, we’re now figuring out how to onboard more sustainable energy options for the office, reduce our overall travel emissions, and address the carbon footprint impact across our product and supply chains. By setting clear targets for our continued energy use backed up by accurate emissions data, we’ll stay on track.

Carbon copy in the making – rippling through to consultancy partner i10

Our commitment to an ambitious carbon neutrality pledge is also having a knock-on effect, rippling across our customer and client base. For example, when the director of i10, Mark Hastings, heard about our aim to go carbon neutral, backdating to when the company was founded in 2013, they’ve decided to follow suit.

Mark Hastings explains:

“Inspired by our partnership with Aiimi, i10 is committed to becoming carbon neutral. Fundamentally, it’s the right thing to do for our planet and future generations. And it demonstrates our dedication to pursuing sustainable business values. With the Crown Commercial Service measuring sustainability as a scoring criterion for new bids, carbon offsetting is becoming an increasingly important consideration for our work in government and public sector projects.”

Delivering carbon neutral projects – FSA and Golding Homes

To support data-driven projects across the government and public sector, over the past two years Aiimi and i10 have teamed up. In fact, our successful bid with i10 at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), with another bid in the pipeline, shows our joint commitment to carbon neutrality – as all carbon emissions generated during the delivery of this project will be offset.

Again, working collaboratively to set up a Microsoft Gold data platform and central repository at Golding Homes, Aiimi and i10 will help the housing association unlock real data-driven value within the public sector. Golding Homes is also working to reduce its carbon emissions with its embodied carbon goal for more sustainable homes, which accounts for the carbon footprint of building materials.

Following Aiimi’s footsteps, i10 secured its carbon neutral status in 2020, and similarly plans to offset its carbon emissions to when the company was founded. And it’s actively encouraging more companies within its partner ecosystem to follow suit. We call it the Aiimi carbon neutral domino effect!

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