As a manufacturing company, it’s inevitable that some carbon emissions are released through manufacturing and transport. Therefore, it is and has always been especially important for us to neutralize it. After following a simple procedure, in May 2022, Silen received CarbonNeutral® certification on its entire product range.
Carbon neutrality is achieved by calculating a carbon footprint and reducing it to zero through a combination of in-house efficiency measures, renewable energy, and external emissions reduction projects. Carbon Neutral certification means that a company has followed The Carbon Neutral Protocol to make a clear, credible, transparent claim of their carbon neutral action.
If you want to know more about carbon neutrality, here are 2 questions&answers that should give you insight.
How does a business become CarbonNeutral® certified?
Here are the five steps that the Protocol outlines to deliver carbon neutrality.
Natural Capital Partners works with the business to decide whether to make its whole company or a particular product/service or activity carbon neutral. The Carbon Neutral Protocol defines what emissions are included in each option.
An independent and expert emissions assessment provider identifies what data needs collecting, supports its collection from the business, and then calculates the total emissions of the business. The Carbon Neutral Protocol clearly identifies the data required for each type of Carbon Neutral certification.
The business commits to becoming carbon neutral by reducing and offsetting its emissions.
The business delivers internal emissions reductions – such as energy-efficiency programs and changes to business travel. Natural Capital Partners works with the business to identify and deliver external emissions reduction projects and renewable energy to make it carbon neutral.
Natural Capital Partners supports the business to deliver a clear and credible message about each stage of its climate action to its stakeholders.
Source: Climate Impact Partners
As part of the ‘Reduce’ section, what are external emissions reductions (offsetting) projects?
Today, it is still highly unlikely that a business can achieve zero emissions in-house for its operations, products, and activities. Around the world, there are projects reducing and removing emissions that need finance in order to happen. These include renewable energy projects, devices such as efficient cookstoves and solar lights that reduce household emissions, as well as forest conservation and restoration. By offsetting the emissions they can’t reduce internally, businesses are providing critical finance to these projects and enabling emission reductions to be delivered now. The projects must have their emission reductions independently validated and verified to a third-party standard to ensure what they deliver is of the highest quality. In addition, through these projects, businesses are delivering further impact on sustainable development: renewable energy means jobs, solar household devices give energy access to low-income households, cutting fossil fuel pollution benefits health, and forestry also conserves biodiversity.
Source: Climate Impact Partners