Institute of Cancer Research: Carbon Footprinting

Institute of Cancer Research: Carbon Footprinting

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years.

Watts Sustainability has been working to calculate the ICR’s carbon footprint inventory on a yearly basis.  We also worked with them in establishing near and long-term science based targets.

We have been using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleagues Standardised Carbon Emissions Framework (SCEF). This has included establishing an inventory for Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Along with most other sectors, Scope 3 is a really complex area to calculate – and the ICR is no exception with the vast majority of its footprint in Scope 3 including emissions associated with the procurement of laboratory equipment, consumables, construction projects and many other areas.

Our work has included working closely with the ICR, other stakeholders in the science and research sector and suppliers to better quantify scope 3 carbon emissions including developing models on embodied carbon* on lab consumables

The ICR is a really committed organisation when it comes to net zero and we are proud to support them in achieve their goals. Our collaborative efforts demonstrate how important is the power of data in the pursuit of net zero, within complex sectors like research and education.

*Embodied carbon refers to the emissions generated during extraction, production, and transportation of materials. In other words, this is the carbon footprint of the material or product before it is used. It is a more accurate way to look at emissions as it considers the footprint of materials from their lifecycle.

Client: Institute of Cancer Research

Project: Carbon footprinting and inventory

Year: 2020 – 2023

Peter and the team are fully embedded with is and are fully part of the ICR family.

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