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Carbon Reduction Report


TICA originally committed to the SME Climate Hub in quarter four of 2021 and 2022 was our first reporting year in line with our Net Zero Commitments. 

Whilst 2022 is our first official reporting year, we have sufficient data regarding our gas and electricity purchases to allow us to use 2021 as a base comparison year and therefore evidence the direction of travel.

Initiatives taken prior and during 2022

During 2021, TICA began to convert our company car fleet from diesel to all-electric. In quarter four of 2021, TICA installed six EV Charging points at TICA House. TICA also installed a second solar PV array to help power the EV charging points.

TICA also switched space heating over to electric sources wherever possible.

During 2022 TICA launched a sustainability working group to generate new ideas and discuss new ways of reducing waste and energy consumption. This is a fluid working group with all members of staff encouraged to join at various sessions. The ideas generated are many and have already help to further improve our processes and also generate a palpable commitment to sustainability from staff members.

Scope 1 Emissions – including fuel and gas for space heating

2021     41.6 tonnes of CO²e produced.

2022     22.1 tonnes of CO²e produced.

TICA reduced scope 1 emissions by approximately 47% in 2022. This shows a significant reduction in Scope 1 emissions and provides a clear indication that the measure taken during 2021 and 2022 have been successful.

Scope 2 Emissions – grid electricity supply

2021     15.4 tonnes of CO²e produced.

2022     17.7 tonnes of CO²e produced.

Scope 2 emissions increased during 2022. This was expected with the move towards electrification of heating and adoption of electric vehicles. It should also be noted that production at the centre was higher during 2022 with more apprentices attending centre. There was also a COVID-19 related lockdown period during 2021 which helps to explain the low scope 2 emissions. Considering the significant reduction in Scope 1 emissions the trend is overwhelmingly positive.

We can see that TICA electricity consumption was comparatively low during 2021 and when a six-year analysis is considered, the trend is still positive (see figure1).

Figure 1 – kWh generated by solar vs grid electricity consumed on site 2016 – 2022

Figure 1 also highlights the noticeable increase in electricity generation during 2022.

Scope 3 – Supply Chain Emissions

2021     133 tonnes of CO²e produced.

2022     198 tonnes of CO²e produced.

The TICA Apprentice intake increased from 80 apprentices in 2021 to 96 apprentices in 2022. Again, with 2021 also containing a COVID-19 related lockdown period, there was a significant period where materials were not being consumed at the training centre.

Plans for 2023

TICA have installed a third solar PV array at TICA House during 2023, making a total of 362 solar panels with a potential generation output of 99,196 kWh per annum. Our expectations are that our kWh of electricity produced by Solar PV will finally outstrip our kWh of electricity consumption from grid during 2023. Our conversion to an all-electric fleet will also reach completion during 2023 and we would expect this to be reflected in the Scope 1 results for 2023.

Managing Scope 3 emissions during a sustained period of record apprenticeship intake figures will be challenging and TICA will need to work closely with supply chain partners and members alike to establish potential areas where further carbon reductions can be made.

Further Information

The TICA Climate Report will be available on the SME Climate Hub in due course. For more information regarding the Climate Hub please visit: Home – SME Climate Hub

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Darlington, DL1 4QB