Earlier this year, Eploy made a commitment to take responsibility for its carbon footprint, setting a goal to become carbon neutral and play a part in reducing greenhouse gasses and the impact on climate change.
We are delighted to announce that we went a step further to go beyond carbon neutral and Eploy are now certified as a Carbon Neutral Plus organisation.
What does Carbon Neutral+ mean?
Being a carbon neutral+ company means achieving more than carbon neutrality. In addition to neutralising its emissions, carbon neutral+ companies help finance new renewable energy projects in vulnerable communities and plant new native trees with local organisations.
Supporting Verified Carbon Standard Offsetting programmes
Eploy’s carbon emissions have been independently verified by Carbon Footprint Ltd, that gave us a total annual carbon emissions value which we have subsequently offset.
The calculations included:
· Offsetting twice as much CO2 as generated by our office/fuel and homeworking
· Offsetting twice as much CO2 as generated by our business mileage & travel
· Offsetting twice as much CO2 as generated by our products emissions
· Offsetting all of our staff commuting CO2
The figures for these have been independently verified and Eploy have chosen the following Verified Carbon Standard Offsetting programmes:
African Biomass Energy Conservation PoA Malawi Biomass Conservation (Gold Standard)
The project aims to disseminate over 8,000 improved energy efficient cookstoves to homes in Malawi, classed by the United Nations as a Least Developed Country (LDC). The stoves are locally made using local materials wherever possible, resulting in local income generation and the acquisition of new skills for local people. The project will result in approximately 10,000 tCO2e emissions being saved per year.
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation In Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (Verifiec Carbon Standard)
The Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS) protects one of the largest remaining primary forests in Cambodia and provides a habitat for over 950 wild species and 75 threatened species. The KSWS REDD+ project is the largest carbon emission reduction program in Cambodia’s land use sector and has played a critical role in demonstrating REDD+ successes conserving high biodiversity value landscapes.
This project protects the forests and the carbon stored in the vegetation in order to reduce carbon emissions going back into the atmosphere. The project also aims to conserve the culture and tradition of indigenous communities and local communities where they are living within the Protection Forest area.
Arca Hydro Electric Power Plant (Verified Carbon Standard)
Arca Hydroelectricity Power Plant (HEPP) is constructed on the Solakl River, at the downstream of the Arca Weir. The construction and operation of Arca Hydroelectric Power Plant will be delaying the addition of conventional fossil fuel powered plants to the Turkish National Electricity Grid. The project activity is saving around 31,405 tonnes of CO2e per year.
Tree Planting in the UK
At a local, UK level, we are additionally planting trees, and although tree planting cannot be counted towards carbon offsetting, it was important to do something closer to home. So, we are planting trees in the UK for every one of our customers.
All trees are native UK species that have been grown from UK seeds in UK nurseries. The trees are typically planted across school grounds, parks, farms, woodlands and other biodiversity sites, providing wildlife habitats and often bringing additional educational and community benefits.
There is great business value in a carbon neutral strategy. Not only does this raise awareness to encourage operating more efficiently but demonstrates environmental values and social responsibility. Eploy is hoping to encourage others through its commitment to carbon neutrality.
You can read more on climate change and what can be done to make a difference https://www.carbonfootprint.com/warming.html