All our activities produce carbon dioxide, CO2, in one form or another, from the cars we all drive to the food we all eat. We want to make our races carbon neutral by planting trees which will absorb the same volume of CO2 that is created in relation to our events. We have started our own grove of trees which we will add to after each event.
Here is what we have included in our CO2 offsetting calculations;
– CO2 emissions from runners travelling to our events (97% total emissions). Based on the distance travelled to the race, calculated using average emissions data for the average vehicle. Train emissions data used when selected as mode of transport. Walkers and cyclists emissions shown as zero when selected.
– CO2 emissions from our own vehicles and office.
– CO2 emissions from medal production and shipping. The factory we use to produce our medals is powered by hydroelectric power stations, but we have included a standard figure here for electricity consumption.
– CO2 emissions from the production of the oranges, bananas, chocolate bars, other tasty treats and our cornstach cups. Taking into account the full life cycle effect from growing to when they arrive at our feed stations and finish line.
We will monitor our CO2 production over the course of the year and top up if necessary, but we feel pretty confident that planting 1 tree for every 20 registrations will cover all our CO2 production (+5/10%) and at the same time help restore a beautiful forest and to support the wildlife within it.