Dublin (PRWEB UK) 7 February 2014
Celestial Green Ventures (CGV), an environmental conservation company, based in Dublin, publishes their carbon impact for 2013. The total emissions for the year January 1st to December 31st 2013 were 57.7 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent. This voluntary initiative by the company shows CGV’s understanding of the importance of taking responsibility for their environmental impact.
CGV has taken this one step further and decided to transparently publish their carbon assessment report on their website.
For Ciaran Kelly, CEO of Celestial Green Ventures, the initiative is also a way to reduce costs. “From a purely practical point of view, every tonne of carbon that we emit as a company has a cost. This process helps management to evaluate costs using a different dimension. As an example, by studying the data from our assessment, if I can avoid making just 2 short haul flights this year, I will have paid for the carbon audit. Any other reductions we can make, come off our bottom-line costs," he said.
The greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for the period January-December 2013 have been calculated through an audit carried out by the Carbon Assessment Project, which is compliant with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) GHG Protocol.
The greatest single contributor to CGV’s greenhouse gas emissions was business air travel, accounting for 67.5% of their carbon footprint. The second greatest contributor comes from electricity, heating and waste produced in the premises, which represents 29.8%. Employees’ commuting however only accounted for 2.65% of total emissions, actively helped by the company participating in the ‘Bikes 4 Work’ scheme, and employees taking their own steps towards low-emissions commuting.
The company has offset 100% of their 2013 emissions through retiring 58 Natural Capital Credits achieved through the successful implementation of the Trocano Araretama Conservation Project. This project is designed to reduce carbon emissions, protect biodiversity and bring socio-economic enhancements to communities within the Municipality of Borba, Amazonas.
The company has set themselves a target to reduce their emissions by 20% in 2014, and again offset 100% of what they cannot reduce. Ciaran Kelly added, “The reason for this is simple, what we cannot reduce we must still take responsibility for."
Celestial Green Ventures also plans to carry out a carbon audit on the implementation activities of the Trocano Araretama Conservation Project at the end of its current reporting period.