In 2005, while doing charitable work in Romania, I experienced a life-changing event. One day, during a casual Sunday horse ride, I suffered an accident that put me in a coma for around three months. Brain injury clouded my memory, so I still can’t remember much about the accident. My recovery and rehabilitation took years. Coming back to a near-normal life was against the odds and took tremendous grit and determination. I feel an enduring gratitude that I managed this, as most don’t get a second shot. So I’ve decided to use my ‘bonus time’ wisely.
My father’s untimely death and my recovery from traumatic brain injury have helped me put life into perspective. I can now see the impact of most actions from an environmental impact standpoint. I reflect on my choices and how they affect the planet that cradles us. With time, I learned how to apply this personal eco-therapy to the business world.
In 2018, I developed a method for systematically measuring environmental sustainability in workplaces. I achieved this after feedback and iterations with schools that we’ve worked with, and thanks to ongoing education through Cambridge University’s Institute of Sustainability. That’s how our Environmental Impact Review (EIR) was born. It’s a dynamic three-step process of change: data-gathering and analysis, suggestions and reorganisation. The company I’ve built engages clients that wish to reduce their carbon footprints by assessing their work practices. By identifying high-carbon hotspots, we come up with practical suggestions for improvements. We then help them receive recognition for implementing our advice through accreditation from certified institutions. My small team and I had the luxury of leveraging the bright side of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having more time on our hands, we improved our system. It now includes the CO2e metric of carbon dioxide equivalence, which provides a common scale for measuring the global warming potential of different gases.
© Robin Wyatt