bodyshop Awards 2021 to be carbon neutral

bodyshop magazine has teamed up with Net Zero consultancy Carbon Neutral Repair (CNR) to make the 2021 edition of the bodyshop Awards fully carbon neutral.

The event on 7 April 2022 at ICC Wales will be certified “Carbon Neutral” by CNR as it works hand-in-hand with the bodyshop team to calculate the physical awards’ total CO2 output and then offset those emissions through an offsetting programme certified to VCS or Gold Standard.

In the lead up to the event, bodyshop will empower all attendees, suppliers and staff with the knowledge they need to help reduce their own CO2 emissions.

bodyshop editor Simon Wait said: “For us this is absolutely the right thing to do for the planet and it is just the start of our journey on the road to the government-mandated Net Zero requirement for all UK businesses by 2050.

“Our industry has already seen several pioneering repairers achieve carbon neutrality and PAS2060, and we will be joining them as we work to apply the same sustainable strategy across our business in the months and years to come.”

CNR managing director Dom Napier added: “When Simon approached us about helping to make the next physical bodyshop Awards carbon neutral, I knew it would be a challenge but also a tremendous opportunity to be part of the collision industry’s first carbon neutral awards event.”

The process for achieving carbon neutrality is the same for all organisations, Napier explained – first understand your carbon footprint by measuring your emissions across all three scopes; then reduce these emissions through conscious changes in behaviour and processes; and finally offset the remaining emissions through a certified offsetting programme. This process is then repeated annually, as part of the organisation’s Net Zero plan.

“We will devise a matrix to calculate the CO2 emissions of the entire bodyshop Awards 2021 – including the organisation and build-up, all travel, hotel stays, meals and much more – then we will work with bodyshop to mitigate the event’s carbon footprint,” Napier said.