At today’s Global Business for the Environment (B4E) Summit in Singapore, representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) welcomed Carbon Clear as the first carbon management company to join its Climate Neutral Network (CN Net). Established in February of this year, CN Net’s aim is to inspire leaders in business and government by sharing success stories and best practice in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change is now a major global issue and a rapidly growing number of individuals, companies, cities and even countries are pledging to become climate neutral as part of CN Net.
As one of the largest independent carbon management companies, Carbon Clear is fully committed to achieving carbon neutrality and supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy. The company applies the same “measure, reduce, and offset” approach to controlling its own greenhouse gas emissions as it uses when helping clients reduce their carbon footprint. In 2007 Carbon Clear worked with over 70 businesses worldwide to help them plan and implement carbon reduction strategies. Clients who work with Carbon Clear to demonstrate their commitment to environmental responsibility include Eurostar, Innocent Drinks, 3M, Multimap and Computer Cabs.
Mark Chadwick, CEO, Carbon Clear, said: “At Carbon Clear we believe that achieving climate neutrality can be an immensely positive experience. We are passionate about helping others to see sustainable business as both necessary and desirable. It is important that we share best practice and success stories in order to inspire others; through the Climate Neutral Network we can create a community that illustrates how good a sustainable future can be.”
In a statement welcoming Carbon Clear as a new CN Net participant, UNEP said: “We believe that the expertise of pioneering carbon management companies like Carbon Clear will benefit not only CN Net participants but also the broader private sector community, by helping businesses ‘kick their carbon habit’.”
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About Carbon Clear (www.carbon-clear.com)
Carbon Clear is a carbon management company that helps businesses and individuals to reduce their carbon impact. With offices in London and Paris, Carbon Clear is one of the largest independent firms operating in the carbon management sector.
Carbon Clear helps companies demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility by measuring corporate carbon footprints and advising on greenhouse gas emission reductions. In addition, Carbon Clear invests in carbon offset projects to cancel out the greenhouse gas pollution that is generated by activities such as travel, energy consumption, transportation and supply chain operations. Corporate customers include Eurostar, Multimap, Innocent Drinks, 3M and Computer Cab.
Carbon Clear is committed to a sustainable future and leads by example. As the first full service carbon management company with an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system, the company works to measure and continuously improve all aspects of its own environmental performance.
Carbon Clear’s carbon reduction strategy has three pillars:
1. Achieving corporate climate-neutrality by auditing the company’s carbon footprint and reducing carbon emissions from corporate travel, energy consumption and resource use, and by offsetting any unavoidable emissions. The company has implemented a low-carbon business travel policy, switched to 100% recycled paper supplies, and instituted a raft of office energy efficiency measures.
2. Achieving even greater reductions by leveraging corporate expertise to help individuals and businesses measure, reduce and offset their own emissions. Over 70 businesses worked with Carbon Clear on low-carbon initiatives in 2007.
3. Providing long-term carbon finance for projects that help communities in developing countries make the transition to a lower-carbon future. In 2007, Carbon Clear made financial commitments to nine carbon offset projects – small hydropower in China, improved brick kilns in Nicaragua, high-efficiency cook stoves in Sudan, wind power in India and China, and sustainable community tree planting projects in India, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
As an ethical business, Carbon Clear takes pains to ensure that its carbon offset projects provide verifiable environmental and social benefits. To qualify for funding, projects must
• Provide independently verifiable emissions reductions,
• Demonstrate additionality using Clean Development Mechanism or Voluntary Carbon Standard rules, showing that the project would not have happened without carbon offset funding,
• Contribute to sustainable livelihoods benefits for participating communities,
• Form part of a diverse portfolio that represents a range of geographies and technology types. Carbon Clear’s target portfolio achieves 80% of emissions reductions from clean energy technologies (renewable and efficiency) and 20% from sustainable tree planting initiatives.
For further information visit: http://www.carbon-clear.com.
About the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)
The Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) has been established to assist those interested in achieving big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to achieve their goals:
• Firstly, by making public the inspiring plans and strategies that pioneering partners have drawn up in order to achieve climate neutrality and encouraging them to publicize their achievements—and challenges—via regular up-dates of the web pages.
• Secondly, by acting as a forum through which those who aspire to climate neutrality may network and learn more to plan their own emissions reductions.
• Thirdly, by acting as an honest broker, bringing developed and developing country participants together to green the development path and support the Millennium Development Goals.
A growing number of countries, cities, companies and organizations have become CN Net participants since the initiative’s launch in February 2008.
The CN Net initiative is supported by UNEP, which itself is becoming climate neutral in 2008. UNEP will call on the expertise of the network and UN’s Environment Management Group to set some basic benchmarks and foundations upon which the initiative can evolve over the coming months and years.
For further information visit: http://www.climateneutral.unep.org
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