FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2023
Alicia S. Davidson
Email: [email protected]
2022 BARBARICUM GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REPORT
Baseline Assessment and Disclosure of Barbaricum’s Global Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
WASHINGTON – May 31, 2023 – This report constitutes the Baseline assessment and disclosure of Barbaricum’s global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions as defined by the GHG Protocol. It assesses a period of twelve months from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.
Disclosure Reporting Period
|Start Date||End Date||Number of reporting years for Scope 1 emissions data||Number of reporting years for Scope 2 emissions data||Number of reporting years for Scope 3 emissions data|
|01/01/2022||12/31/2022||1 – Baseline||1 – Baseline||0 – N/A|
Worldwide Barbaricum Operating Locations
Barbaricum currently is a global company with personnel in 2022 operating in:
- United States
Additionally, Barbaricum holds international business licenses in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Governance: Oversight & Responsibilities
Barbaricum is a privately held Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, owned by our two Equity Partners, and as such does not currently answer to an elected Board of Directors more commonly found in larger organizations. Barbaricum’s Management Review Board, consisting of both Partners, Senior Leadership, and select members of Upper Management provides oversight of climate-related issues within our organization. The board reviews climate-related issues at least annually, following the latest GHG inventory of the company. The following members of the Management Review Board have responsibilities for climate-related issues within the company:
|Partners||Barbaricum’s two Partners chair the Management Review Board and lead the Executive Leadership Team. The overall responsibility for our sustainability performance resides with the partners, with additional guidance provided by the Management Review Board. The Partners oversee selection and design of company-owned buildings, to include deliberate purchases of GHG-reducing appliances such as electric head pumps. Our Partners also approve corporate commitments to sustainability and Science Based Targets for emissions reductions.|
|Director of Operations||Our Director of Operations currently provides oversight of our Washington, DC headquarters and approves the purchase of any facility equipment that would contribute to Scope 1 or Scope 2 emissions|
|Vice President of Strategy||Our VP of Strategy currently provides oversight of our Tampa, FL-based facility and Data Innovation Lab and approves the purchase of any facility equipment that would contribute to Scope 1 or Scope 2 emissions|
|Deputy Director of Mission Support Operations||Our Deputy Director of Mission Support Operations currently provides oversight of our Bedford, IN facility, which supports NSWC-Crane. He approves the purchase of any facility equipment that would contribute to Scope 1 or Scope 2 emissions|
|Quality Manager||The Barbaricum Quality Manager compiles and maintains Barbaricum’s GHG Inventory with the help and cooperation of the other listed Management Review Board members. He calculates our annual emissions levels, and is responsible for our public GHG disclosure.|
Risks and Opportunities
Risk-based thinking is an extension of preventive action. It requires organizations to determine risks and opportunities to processes, products and services, as well as the quality management system. The organization must take proportionate steps to address these actions. Barbaricum follows the ISO 31000:2018 international standard for risk management and conducts an annual risk assessment and treatment of organizational risks to our operations, service provision, and information security. This process includes identifying and assessing climate-related risks.
Barbaricum not only focuses on proactively identifying risks and appropriate response strategies, but building entire processes around risk prevention and response by implementing a system of controls. Risk treatment not only responds to risk, but implements controls to lower the risk severity by reducing the likelihood of a risk occurring and/or the impact it would have on the company should it occur. The risk treatment process consists of three stages: risk assessment, risk response, and risk management.
It is important that Barbaricum has an effective risk assessment and treatment process in place to ensure that potential impacts do not become real, or if they do, that contingencies are in place to deal with them. Barbaricum assesses each identified risk by its likelihood of occurrence and the severity of the impact the risk would have on the company. We score each measure along a 5-point scale and then multiply the two measures together to produce a risk assessment score ranging from 1 (very low) to 25 (very high). Our annual risk assessment and treatment considers Barbaricum’s assets and deliverables, their existing vulnerabilities, and the potential threats that they face. These will include threats posed by climate-related risks
Risk Treatment & Response
For each identified risk, we select one of four treatment options: decrease the risk by implementing safeguards and controls; avoid the risk by ending contributing tasks and processes; share the risk through a third party such as insurance; or accept the risk without modification. Acceptance is only authorized if the cost of the other options far out ways the cost of damage that the risk would incur.
Barbaricum strives whenever possible to develop safeguards and controls for risks that reduce their probability of occurrence and/or their impact on the organization through responsible and sustainable management and corporate policies.
Barbaricum has identified the following climate-related risks with the potential to have a substantive financial or strategic impact on operations:
|ID||Risk Type||Risk Driver||Description||Probability||Impact||Risk Rating||Horizon|
|001||Physical: Acute||Increased frequency / intensity of storms||Increasing temperatures are likely to increase the frequency and severity of Hurricanes impacting our Tampa office and/or snow storms and blizzards impacting our NSWC-Crane activity||4: High||4: High||16: High||Near Term to Long Term|
|002||Transition: Emerging Regulation||Enhanced emissions reporting obligations||DoD proposed a rule in the federal register on 11/14/2022 that would require contractors like Barbaricum to disclose their GHG emissions and climate-related financial risk and set science-based targets to reduce GHG emissions||5: Very High||3: Medium||15: High||Near Term|
|ID||Safeguard / Treatment||Explanation of Safeguard / Treatment||Treated Probability||Treated Impact||Treated Risk Rating||Acceptance Criteria|
|001||Insurance||Increased insurance premiums mitigate the cost of any storm damage to our facilities||4: High||2: Low||8: Medium||Medium|
|002||Preemptive Assessment & Disclosure||By conducting a thorough GHG assessment and inventory, and by self-publishing our GHG disclosure, Barbaricum will stay ahead of the curve and be ready to quickly comply with any new regulations. Continued investment and third-party verification will further prepare us for new regulations.||5: Very High||2: Low||10: Medium||Medium|
Additional risks will be added to our environmental risk register as they become known and as Barbaricum continues to invest in sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.
Barbaricum has identified the following climate-related opportunities with the potential to have a substantive financial or strategic impact on operations:
|ID||Opportunity Type||Opportunity Driver||Description||Probability||Impact||Opportunity Rating||Horizon|
|001||Energy Source||Use of lower emission sources of energy||Research alternative energy sources in our three energy markets and transition to sustainable alternatives where available||3: Medium||3: Medium||9: Medium||Medium Term|
|002||Markets||Access to new markets||Adhering to the GHG Protocol and submitting our GHG Disclosure for third-party verification will open new opportunities to bid on work that require bidders to have plans in place to address environmental concerns||5: Very High||4: High||20: Very High||Near Term|
Cost to Realize
|001||Low||Purchasing energy from new sources is often inexpensive in the short-term and in the long-term often reduces energy costs as renewable energy sources become more prevalent and efficient. The Quality Manager will research available alternatives for each of our three energy markets – Washington, DC; Tampa, FL; and Bedford, IN – and recommend to the Management Review Board options to switch to sustainable alternatives by end-of-year 2023.|
|002||Low||The Quality Manager will continue to research best practices for small businesses to comply with the GHG Protocol and potential future regulations published in the Federal Register. The Quality Manager will also continue to refine and improve upon this self-published disclosure to submit to CDP NLT July 26, 2023 for third-party verification.|
Additional opportunities will be added to our environmental risk register as they become known and as Barbaricum continues to invest in sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.
Barbaricum senior leadership conducts annual strategic planning exercises and reviews at the beginning of each calendar year, with successive reviews and adjustments each quarter thereafter. As the GHG assessment for this public disclosure was conducted in the middle of Q2 of 2023, our business strategy has yet to address the need for a climate transition plan. During the next strategic review, will assess the need for a climate transition plan and the cost for establishing one within the next two years.
Targets and Performance
Barbaricum did not have an active emissions target during our baseline year to manage climate-related risks and opportunities. However, following the publication of this disclosure, senior leadership will begin to assess potential science-based targets for emission reductions to be put in place by end-of-year 2023 in accordance with the latest SBTi criteria.
Despite increased investment in reducing Barbaricum’s carbon footprint, we anticipate our overall emissions levels to increase over the next five years as the company continues to grow in size and scope, expand into new markets, and potentially open new facilities. Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions could potentially double as a growing workforce places more demands on electricity, as AC equipment ages and requires new refrigerant, or as severe cold increases the uses of stationary combustion. The addition of new facilities in target markets are likely to increase Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by up to 33% of existing levels per facility. Furthermore, once Barbaricum grows beyond the reporting threshold, Scope 3 emissions will be added to our disclosure statements.
Emissions Reduction Initiatives
Barbaricum did not have emissions reduction initiatives that were active within the reporting year, as it was our base year. Emissions reduction initiatives will be reviewed as part of the next annual strategic plan.
The 2022 reporting year is our first year of reporting emissions data.
Base Year Emissions
|Scope||Base Year Start Date||Base Year End Date||Base Year Emissions|
|Scope 1||Jan 1, 2022||Dec 31, 2022||72 CO2-e Metric Tons|
|Scope 2||Jan 1, 2022||Dec 31, 2022||120 CO2-e Metric Tons|
Barbaricum calculates our emissions by using the US EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership’s EPA Simplified GHG Emissions Calculator, which itself uses the following standards, protocols, and methodologies to collect activity data and calculate emissions
- The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition)
- The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: Scope 2 Guidance
- US EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership: Direct Fugitive Emissions from Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Fire Suppression, and Industrial Gases
- US EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership: Indirect Emissions From Purchased Electricity
- US EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership: Direct Emissions from Stationary Combustion Sources
- US EPA Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)
Scope 1 Emissions
|Stationary Combustion||25||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Mobile Sources||0||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Refrigeration / AC Equipment Use||47||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Fire Suppression||0||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Purchased Gasses||0||CO2-e (metric tons)|
Location-Based Scope 2 Emissions
|Purchased and Consumed Electricity||120||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Purchased and Consumed Steam||0||CO2-e (metric tons)|
Market-Based Scope 2 Emissions
|Purchased and Consumed Electricity||120||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Purchased and Consumed Steam||0||CO2-e (metric tons)|
Total Organization Emissions
|Total Scope 1 & Location-Based Scope 2||193||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Total Scope 1 & Market-Based Scope 2||193||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Offsets||0||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Net Scope 1 and 2 Location-Based Emissions||193||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Net Scope 1 and 2 Market-Based Emissions||193||CO2-e (metric tons)|
|Intensity Figure||Gross Global Combined Scope 1 & 2 Emissions||Total Annual Revenue||Scope 2 Figure Used|
|2.96||193 metric tons CO2e||$65.2 million||Market-Based|
As 2022 is our base year for collecting and reporting Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions data, we cannot compare it to prior years to measure performance.
Barbaricum undertook the following energy-related activities during the reporting year:
|Activity||MWH from Renewable Source||MWH from Non-renewable Source||Total MWH|
|Consumption of purchased electricity||0||323.423 MWH||323.423 MWH|
|Consumption of purchased heat||0||139.732 MWH||139.732 MWH|
|Consumption of purchased cooling||0||0.001 MWH||0.001 MWH|
Following the self-publication of this GHG disclosure statement, Barbaricum will be pursuing third-party verification of our emissions data through the CDP Climate Change 2023 Questionnaire.
Value Chain Engagement
Barbaricum does not currently engage with our value chain on climate-related issues.
Barbaricum’s suppliers do not have to meet climate-related requirements as part of our organization’s purchasing process, but we plan to introduce climate-related requirements within the next two years.
Sign Off and Further Information
This self-published GHG disclosure thoroughly describes Barbaricum’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from all relevant sources for our 2022 calendar year baseline in accordance with our 30-point Inventory Management Plan. We fully intend to build on this disclosure in the coming months, including by:
- Submitting this information for third-party verification by CDP
- Registering with the SBTi commitment process by submitting a standard commitment letter
- Establishing science-based targets for emissions reductions in line with the latest version of the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations for Near-Term Targets
As the Co-Founder and Partner of Barbaricum, LLC, I am committed to the sustainability of our organizational operations, taking full accountability, and supporting other roles of leadership. Management uses the process approach and risk-based thinking to integrate climate-related policies and risk responses into our business processes to achieve intended results. I am committed to providing the resources and training needed to ensure the effective management necessary for our success and improvement. We provide a work environment that allows our employees to be successful in meeting our customers’ needs.
Co-Founder and Partner
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Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Barbaricum is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business. At our core, you’ll find people who love to explore and innovate. Our team has a uniquely complementary skill set. Together we’ve built a hands-on, all-inclusive government contracting firm that develops innovative strategies & uses the best of emerging technologies to support our clients’ long-term goals. Our growth has been fueled by repeat business and long-term partnerships with key clients.
At Barbaricum, we strive to constantly innovate and push the boundaries in order to enable the best possible solutions for our clients, especially in National Security. We believe in maintaining a healthy balance in all aspects of our work, including the well-being of our team and the impact on our communities, while always upholding our duty to serve.
Barbaricum’s Integrated Management System is certified compliant with the ISO 9001:2015 standard for Quality Management, ISO 27001:2013 standard for Information Security Management, and the ISO 20000-1 standard for Service Management. Additionally, our Quality Management System is also appraised at CMMI-Service + Virtual Maturity Level 3, while our Information Security Management System fully complies with NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC Level 2.
The company has been recognized by institutions like Inc. Magazine, GovCon, AMEC, PRSA, and SmartCEO for corporate growth, capabilities, and award-winning client work. Our team is dynamic and agile, providing global support to current missions across five continents. We are also focused on developing and maintaining our vibrant corporate culture, having been named a Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine and The Washington Post.
To find out more about Barbaricum please visit our website at https://barbaricum.com.