Achieve your business goals as a Carbon Zero Company

It is well known that anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas emissions are the major reason that Climate Change is happening. Although we know that our activities produce GHG emissions, we do little to reduce them. In fact, GHG emissions are still on the increase. According to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, Summary for Policy makers 2013 (AR5), since 1990 the global carbon emissions have risen 50%. Especially CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributed about 78% of the total GHG emission increase from 1970 to 2010. It is also well known that the consequences of climate change will be devastating for the environment and humans (e.g., extreme weather events, rise of sea level, decrease of biodiversity etc.,).

Economic growth and business activity is one of the most important drivers of increases in CO2 emissions and therefore climate change. Immediate action is required from companies in order to reduce their GHG emissions and thus the overall GHG emissions in the atmosphere. Recently many CEO’s and Board’s have catalyzed many significant carbon reduction projects, with 93% of multinationals now addressing their own carbon emissions in order to exploit reputational and efficiency gains.

CO2balance offers GHG Audits following the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Standard, which is the most widely used international accounting tool to help businesses to understand, quantify, and manage their greenhouse gas emissions.

GHG Audits

GHG audit can be considered as the first step toward emission reductions in the business environment. Organisations and companies can conduct GHG audits and therefore measure their current carbon footprint. Its a very easy way for companies to firstly quantify and be aware of their energy use and the GHG emissions produced by their overall activities and secondly, design a strategy and examine different options in order to reduce their emissions. Many companies recently have saved significant costs and achieved efficiency targets through measurement and reporting of their GHG Emissions. Figure 1 below shows the hierarchy for managing GHG emissions.

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Figure 1:  Modified from the “The carbon management hierarchy” (Burtis, 2008).

 

CO2balance have designed the scope of the CarbonZero® Package, to suit the needs of companies across the business spectrum from SMEs, to large multi-national clients. The package includes a holistic approach of measurement, management and offset Greenhouse Gas Emissions by carbon credits issued from the development of projects in developing countries. Additionally to the reduction of your GHG emissions, when you offset your unavoidable emissions with CO2balance you contribute in positive impacts in Africa. This is because the money funds community projects that reduce emissions as well as promote local social, environmental and economic benefits.

Drive positive impacts in Africa through offsetting

Improved efficiency cook stoves projects reduce the need for firewood and the volume of harmful smoke families are exposed to. In addition, it reduces deforestation through less demand of firewood and reduces families’ cost of buying wood. The community borehole projects provide clean, safe drinking water for hundreds of families as well as reducing carbon emissions as water no longer has to be boiled to make it safe to drink. Normally women and young people have to walk, often for hours, to find clean water and wood then carry it back on their heads. With so many of their daylight hours focused on gathering water, inevitably their fields are neglected and the harvest affected. Alternatively, they might choose to collect water from rivers or wells, probably dirty and infected with water-borne disease. By having a water point located closer to many of these hardships are avoided and in turn, women and especially girls have more time to pursue other activities, such as income generation and education. Moreover, clean water will reduce incidences of illness which will reduce medical costs but also decrease the number of days people miss from work and school.

An appreciative community member

Photo from Borehole Project in Uganda

DSC_0027 (2)A woman uses the Carbon Zero Stove in Meru, Kenya

By adopt CO2balance’s package you will:

  • manage to reduce your energy consumption ;
  • tackle climate change by going Carbon zero®;
  • help support thousands of people across rural African communities, including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique and Sierra Leone through your carbon offset.

Find more details in : http://www.co2balance.com/working-with-co2balance/greenhouse-gas-audits.php?cid=1&ref=6yp795f7is3vcfwc

Sources:

IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Summary for Policy makers http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf

Burtis, B. and Watt, I. (2008) “Getting to Zero: Defining Corporate Carbon Neutrality.” Clean Air-Cool Planet and Forum for the Future. Portsmouth, NH. Accessed June 2008. www.cleanair-coolplanet.org

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CZK Stove that Changed My Life

Konya Sub-Location is an administrative division in Kisumu County, Kenya. The area is well known for its fertile land and surplus production in agricultural produce. It is in this area that Edith Adhiambo who is a beneficiary of the CZK cook stove lives with her three children in a small farm in a village called Simboi.
Edith Adhiambo lost her husband a few years back and has the burden of taking care of her three children of which two are currently in public primary schools. She used to go to the bush to collect firewood on a daily basis while using the three stone fires.”I used to walk for four to six hours searching for firewood since there is a ban in the forest and when a person is found collecting in the forest is arrested .In addition to collecting, I used to buy firewood especially in rainy seasons and spent a lot of money since the price escalate and there is scarcity’’ she narrates that the three stone fire was always fond of causing accidents in her house.” one day as I was out looking for firewood, my last born who is two years old got severe burns as he was trying to get food from the cooking pot.” it was so sad because I had to spend the little money that I had to take him to hospital. Also the amount of fire going to waste with the three stone is unbelievable since it is not easy to regulate fire and the amount of smoke being emitted”.

She further narrates that ‘’the most annoying thing about the three stone cook stove is the fact that it does not reserve heat. I have to reheat food during lunch break when my children come back for their meal and it is a waste of time since I have to leave other chores to take care of them before they go back to school for their evening classes. The smoke emitted is too much that the cooking pots were all covered in soot which was an embarrassment even to my own children who could not help me wash dishes”.
EDITH KSM E 1
However all this changed once I received the czk stove, I have managed to save time through proper wood management, including early collection, drying and storage .In addition to that I no longer reheat food and the food itself is very delicious .Once the czk stove is used it saves a lot of heat and money, only two pieces of wood fuel per meal, this has enabled me to join a women group which through my savings helped me purchase a dairy cow. The milk I get from the cow has helped me educate, feed my family, cater for medical expenses and dress my children. With smoke eliminated there is less soot on the cooking pot which makes it presentable and easy to wash by using less soap hence saving finances. I have adequate time to take care of my dairy cow which is my source of livelihood something I could not do previously before getting the CZK stove.
EDITH KSM 2

Compiled by; Christine Atira and Moses Maina