First ever Carbon Calculator for veterinary practices launched
A new tool to help vet teams track their carbon emissions and become more environmentally sustainable has launched today at the London Vet Show (17 November 2022).
The widely anticipated Veterinary Carbon Calculator, which is the first specifically tailored to the environmental impacts of veterinary practice, will enable vet teams to easily calculate their carbon emissions for the first time.
Developed by Vet Sustain in partnership with Investors in the Environment (iiE), the calculator is also supported by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS).
The calculator breaks down carbon emissions into various elements of business activity, such as utilities, travel and veterinary care waste and will help veterinary practice teams make positive changes to their business operations by providing essential understanding.
British Veterinary Association President Malcolm Morley said: “It is everyone’s responsibility to take action on climate change and our research shows just how important environmental sustainability is to the veterinary profession. The Veterinary Carbon Calculator is a vital tool that will support practices in their journey to becoming more sustainable which will benefit the planet, but can also enhance workplaces too by saving money and resources but helping to recruit and retain staff. I strongly urge members of the profession to consider using it.”
Carl Gorman, Vice President of BSAVA, said: “BSAVA are delighted to see this Veterinary Carbon Calculator come to fruition. All branches of the profession recognise the need for awareness of our environmental impact. This calculator will enable practices to readily determine their carbon footprint and highlight how to reduce their impact, as well as giving them an opportunity to seek to offset that carbon. With sustainability being integrated into the new RCVS Practice Standards, we urge our members to make use of this tool.”
To find out more about the Veterinary Carbon Calculator visit https://vetsustain.org/shop/carbon-calculator.
For more suggestions on how to become more sustainable visit the Greener Veterinary Practice Checklist or search #GreenTeamVet.