Achieving a sustainable business together
So how did one carbon world make a difference and how can you?
By simply completing 3 steps below any business or organisation can achieve our Carbon Neutral Gold Standard and join the United Nations Climate Neutral Now initiative.
We have completed these steps to off-set One Carbon World’s carbon footprint and we hope this guide helps you understand the process.
We identified the sources of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions that come from our operations. These included:
Transport by car
Public transport by bus
Public transport by taxi
Public transport by train
Other modes of public land transport
We then collected data on these emissions and gave it to our carbon auditors. The data we collected were:
Our carbon auditors then calculated the carbon footprint of our operations and this was sent for independent external validation.
Our team of experts then reported on our carbon footprint and identified actions we could take to reduce it. These actions were:
To use technology such as video conferencing to reduce/remove requirement for travel
To use technology such as ipad, email etc. to reduce/remove requirement for paper and to reduce/remove waste
To source electricity from suppliers providing sustainable and renewable electricity e.g. wind power
After our carbon footprint had been audited and validated, and actions to reduce it had been identified and agreed, we decided to offset our full footprint through purchasing and retiring carbon credits in the name of One Carbon World.
JOINING THE UN INITIATIVE
Organisations wishing to join the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative take the pledge commit to:
Measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions for an agreed-upon period of time
Reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible
Offset a recommended 20% or why not all of your remaining emissions with UN Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).
Organizations that sign the pledge are recognized on UNFCCC websites and social media channels and may be invited to participate in climate action initiatives with the UN. Your organisation will also be given permission to use Climate Neutral Now assets, such as our logo, in communications campaigns.
As one of the UN Climate Neutral Now Resource Partners, One Carbon World provide the information on your measured carbon footprint, reduce and offset actions and submit the pledge and appendix directly to the UN Climate Action Team together with your organisational logo to be included with the pledge signatories.
Many organizations such as Microsoft, Philips, Sony and Aviva have already taken the pledge. To see the complete list, visit the page dedicated to Signatories.
It was that simple! With the help of the One Carbon World Grant Fund it could be that simple for you too!
If you chose to off-set your carbon footprint with us, all carbon credits used are purchased in the name of the grant recipient and you will receive a certificate like this in the name of your organisation as proof of retirement.
As 1 of 17 global resource partners of the United Nations Climate Neutral Now initiative, the grant fund also supports the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.
If you chose to off-set your carbon footprint with us, you will also receive a certificate in the name of your organisation, like the one below, as proof of retirement of carbon credits through the UN CDM.
But also, and we believe more importantly, as 1/3 of all global carbon emissions currently come from deforestation, the fund has primarily been created to support forestation projects that are directly linked to health and education projects in South America. These projects produce VERs (voluntary emissions reductions) that are used to off-set emissions through the Verified Carbon Standard
Here is an example of one of our international experts support for the Christmas Party at the British Embassy in Montevideo!
We recieved our assessment report that was also additioally validated by another expert.
We were then awarded our digital Carbon Neutral Gold Standard and the UN Climate Neutral Now logo.
Our carbon footprint report also explained we could track almost anything from our supply chain, product sales, postage, and even events. As a team, we have decided to include our supply chain partners in our carbon footprint measurement and to continue to continually look for ways to reduce it!