The first step is always to understand the current picture and analyze the state of the art. In our case, we started by measuring the carbon footprint resulting from all the activities we carried out in 2021. To do this, we involved all of our departments and suppliers.
Our approach to climate change has been drastic and horizontal.
After a demanding four-month process, we became a Climate Neutral Certified company. We measured the carbon footprint resulting from all our actions and activities within the year 2021, offset it by funding audited projects at the origin of our manufacturing process and established a plan to commit to reducing our carbon footprint in line with global, science based reduction targets.
Climate neutrality refers to the idea of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions. One way to do this is by balancing out those emissions so that they are equal to the emissions that are removed by the planet’s natural absorption processes. But how does this work in practice?
Once we had calculated our carbon footprint, the second step was to offset it. We had to purchase one carbon credit for each ton of CO2 equivalent of the company's total carbon footprint.
To ensure transparency and avoid the duplication of credits, a unique serial number is assigned to each carbon credit, making each one traceable and public.
We allocated $25,000 to fund sustainable projects in India.
We selected the projects from Gold Standard's extensive portfolio that best fit our philosophy and values and have an impact on our geographical area of production.
Chhattisgarh: generating electricity from rice husks
The Indian company Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd. (GPIL) runs a 20 MW biomass-based power plant that generates electricity using rice husks produced by local communities. By using renewable fuel, this project reduces local waste and emissions by replacing intensive fossil-fuel based power generation.
Chikballapur: organic waste turned into gas for cooking
Since 2009, FairClimateFund has been working with local partner ADATS to supply biogas installations to 12.000 farming families. Organic waste (mainly cow manure) is converted into methane gas in an underground biodigester and can be used for cooking.
We managed to offset our entire carbon footprint by supporting two projects located close to our suppliers in India. Besides creating renewable energy sources, these projects have a positive impact on their local communities.
Climate Neutral Certification not only requires measuring and offsetting, but also a commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. Nanimarquina decided to support and align itself with the Net Zero Coalition:
Reducing emissions by 50%
The main focus is on air freight in particular that used for exportation. We are working to reduce our emissions in this field. After understanding some of its root causes, we decided to encourage e-commerce customers to choose slower shipping options. Users are now able to offset the transport’s carbon footprint.
Even though this subject is closely connected to logistics, the improvements being developed are focused on product. The goal, which was set at the beginning of 2022, was to analyze packaging in depth and reduce the resulting emissions.
The challenge was to gain greater control over our suppliers in order to obtain more detailed information about their energy sources and consumption, among other data. By getting to know our suppliers better, we can help them to reduce emissions in the production phase.