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Carbon Neutral – X-Runner Ltd has achieved the Zero Carbon Footprint Standard, achieving carbon neutrality via the support of internationally certified carbon offset projects.

The two-stage process audited all greenhouse gas emissions associated with X-Runner’s operation. This resulted in the award of the Carbon Footprint Standard, based on XRunners’ carbon footprint assessment being audited to ISO 140064-3

We are supporting a Global Portfolio VCS certified carbon reduction programme via a range of products that include carbon avoidance and clean and renewable energy generation. Many are within developing countries, where they also provide additional social benefits.

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It follows on from the announcement that we have banned the use of single use plastics (plastic bottles) at all our 2020 events and will ban all plastic from 2021.

X-Runners Operations director Steve Walker said:: “It’s important we all take responsibility for the negative impacts we’re having on our environment. By making these changes we are reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint. We’re delighted to have achieved Carbon Neutral status and we hope others will follow our lead.”

Client director at Carbon Footprint Dr Wendy Buckley added: “X-Runner is taking a leading and proactive position in its market, to measure and manage its carbon impact – even though there is no legislative requirement for them to do so. They are making active steps to reduce the carbon emissions in the business, going forward, and by carbon offsetting they are mitigating unavoidable emissions by supporting projects across the world with immediate effect.”

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no plastic - do not litter

Xrunner has a policy of ‘maximum effect for minimal impact” and the post event re-instatement of the event area is as important as the mammoth task of event creation.

Litter can be a big problem, with thousands of people descending on what was a pristine farmland location there is inevitably going to be litter. Wherever possible X-Runner uses bio degradable materials and is committed to reducing packaging having banned plastic bottles and imposing a complete ban on plastics by 2021.

Please, help take all litter home or leave it in the bins provided, the only thing you should leave behind are your footprints. While out in the countryside remember you are in areas where people live and work.

Xrunner’s roots are firmly planted in the heart of the British countryside and we care about minimising the impact, it is safe to say that if you take part in an Xrunner event then you are an environmentally responsible obstacle mud runner!

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10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

1. Transportation (28.9 percent of 2017 greenhouse gas emissions) – The transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions. Consider more environmentally friendly forms or transport and ride share whenever possible.
2. Take showers instead of baths;- If a family of four replaces one bath a week with a five minute shower, they could save up to £18 a year on gas bills and up to £21 on water bills.
3. Go online;- One tonne of everyday white paper creates the equivalent of 2 tonnes of carbon emissions, consumes 22,000 gallons of water, and puts just under a tonne of waste into landfills.

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4. Buy energy-efficient appliances;- When replacing household appliances choose energy-efficient replacements. You can check their Energy Star ratings for a quick reference.
5. Flexible working;- If you are an employee who works three days a week from home you can save £3,775 a year on commuting costs and spare the environment 4000 KG of Carbon.
6. Change your diet;- This is potentially one of the more drastic lifestyle changes; however, a meat-free diet can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. A vegetarian diet generates only half the carbon dioxide in comparison to a diet which consists of meat. If going meat-free is too big a step, cutting down to one meat portion every other day.
7. Switch to 30°C;- Washing clothes at 30C and by doing 2 washes per week at 30C could save £19 and 80Kg of CO2.

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8. Say no to plastic bags;- The production of plastic bags contributes to air pollution and a huge amount of energy consumption. One plastic bag can take an astonishing 1,000 years to decompose.
9. Switch off standby;- According to The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the average household wastes around £40 a year simply by leaving appliances on standby.
10. Worms;- Maybe not one for the squeamish, but, worms are an effective and eco-friendly way of composting hundreds of pounds of kitchen waste. When green waste is properly composted at home, it doesn’t give off methane gas. The leftover compost can then be used in gardens and to plant houseplants which in turn create oxygen.

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