Committing to a carbon net zero future


Yellowave is carbon neutral

In spring 2021 The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC analysed Yellowave’s carbon footprint. From May 2020 the venue was confirmed as being Carbon Neutral.

The venue has hit carbon neutral status by significantly reducing it’s greenhouse gas emissions including:

• reducing electricity use
• installing 10.5kW of solar panels
• buying 100% renewable electricity

On sunny days the venue produces more electricity than it uses and so actually exports renewable electricity into the grid.

Yellowave’s Carbon footprint for 2020/21 was 0.81 tonnes CO2e. It was worked out through a Carbon Footprint review of the venue done by the Get Net Zero project using half hourly electricity metering data.

As it is not on the gas network, Yellowave’s Greenhouse Gas emissions come mainly from the propane/gas used in the pizza oven/BBQ. The electricity purchased by the venue for its lights, fridges, ovens and everything else is already 100% renewable. In May 2020 the venue switched on a large solar photovoltaic system on its roof. This has reduced the amount of electricity drawn from the grid by 63% in the monthly comparisons with the previous years so far.

For a number of hours during the day and on the days during the week that the venue is closed, the solar panels produce enough renewable electricity to power everything on site, so the extra is exported to the grid. The avoided emissions of the electricity exported exceeds the Carbon footprint of the venue, and is what makes it Carbon Neutral;  instead of using Carbon offsetting to achieve Carbon neutrality.

Being Carbon Neutral is different to being Carbon NET ZERO. Yellowave is aiming to become Carbon Net Zero by the end of 2023.

 

Taking steps towards Net Zero status

Yellowave is Carbon Neutral based on Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions.

This is the energy we directly and indirectly use and produce. For Yellowave this is electricity used to power the venue and the gas and logs used for our BBQ and pizza oven.

To become Carbon Net Zero we need to do more. Our next steps are to work on Scope 3 emissions.

Scope 3 covers everything else – this is more complex such as how stuff gets to Yellowave, what we sell, how we get to work and how we deal with waste. We have already started on our Scope 3 emissions.

Waste - creating a circular economy

Yellowave waste – creating a circular economy

In June 2021 Paper Round, commercial recycling experts, took away Yellowave’s rubbish and analysed it, completing an environmental waste audit. The results meant that Yellowave could quickly move forward on making sure that every bit of waste gets put into the circular economy – so basically goes in a big circle and makes something else.

It is an amazing feeling to know that the waste we create at Yellowave becomes something else, entering a circular economy instead of just landfill.

Katie Mintram

Director, Yellowave Beach Sports Venue

Yellowave paper

100% recycled in France to create 100% recycled paper. Eventually when paper gets recycled to its end point it gets made into blue roll, the stuff we use in the kitchen.

Yellowave general waste

sent to a biomass factory and turned into energy that feeds electricity in Worthing and Brighton.

Yellowave card

recycled in Kent and made into cardboard boxes for the likes of Amazon parcels.

Yellowave plastic

100% recycled and re-used in plastic items including things like fleeces.

Yellowave organic coffee granules

turned into coffee logs which we can use to heat the pizza oven.

Yellowave food waste

soon to be collected into special small waste bins. Using a Bio-gen process it gets turned into fertiliser and scattered onto farmland to help grow stuff

Yellowave glass

gets taken to Tilbury Docks in London and sorted by lasers and recycled back into glass bottles.