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Global warming is changing the way the world does business. Consumers are demanding low carbon products and services, and the organisations that communicate their actions toward climate change are capturing this market. Organisations that take their stakeholders on the journey are enjoying reputational gains; retaining their staff and attracting the good ones from the talent pool.
BioPak have procured the services of Australia/s leading climate change certification program.
The NoCO2 program is Australia's leading climate change certification program. Through the program the Carbon reduction Institute (CRI) has already certified hundreds of businesses, services and products as carbon neutral (NoCO2) or low carbon (LowCO2) which now form part of the Low Carbon Economy.
The certification processes complies with all industry standards which ensures that we are aligned with international best practice and also to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s and Trade Practices Commission’s views on appropriate advertising (relating to claims of carbon neutral products/services).
The certification process includes a carbon audit giving a comprehensive greenhouse impact assessment of our business. The audit calculations adhere to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which is internationally accepted as best practice for greenhouse gas accounting. We have a tailored report which outlines carbon reduction strategies to help us lower our carbon footprint instantly, as well as a variety of offsetting options. We have access to tools for staff engagement and customer awareness through marketing materials
If we do not mitigate our climate impacts, our society will face the greatest environmental, humanitarian and economic crisis in human history.
1. Carbon Footprint Assessment
The audit identified BioPak's total carbon footprint and the carbon footprint of the products that we sell. It allow us to engage our current and future clients on the climate change outcomes of our products– it also allows us to sell our products as carbon neutral
The carbon footprint methodology complies with the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting standards, produced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resource Institute (WRI). This methodology captures 100% of the emissions for which BioPak is responsible for.
The protocol separates emissions sources into three different scopes, depending on the level of control exerted over the emissions source. Emission boundaries for our NoCO2 certification are depicted below.
Carbon Offsetting and Carbon Credits
Carbon offsetting is a mechanism that allows organisations and individuals to neutralise their unavoidable climate change impact by purchasing carbon credits. Each carbon credit represents the abatement or sequestration of one tonne of CO2-equivalent (CO2e) greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.
When you buy carbon credits, you help fund projects that reduce greenhouse has generation or sequester carbon.
Examples of such projects are energy efficiency programs (eg. the installation of energy efficient light bulbs), renewable energy projects (eg. solar installations and wind farms) or methane abatement (eg. through waste diversion). While all the carbon credits represent the sequestration of one tonne of CO2e, different projects (even with the same accreditation) can have different outcomes for the environment. Therefore it is crucial that you carefully evaluate your options before you offset your emissions.
Evaluation Carbon Credit Projects
There are three requirements for carbon credits to deliver a true saving for our climate:
1. Financial Additionality:
For a carbon credit to be financially additional, the money from the credits must be required to make the project happen beyond ‘business as usual’. Projects often fail where they are cheaper than their more polluting equivalent, or their energy savings pay back in time frames that make it a ‘business as usual’ proposition.
2. Environmental Additionality
The project must be additional to the environment. Carbon credits should not be claimed on projects that would have occurred anyway; such as a naturally growing forest without any human intervention.
Permanence is a very important requirement for a voluntary carbon credit. Carbon savings that have been forward claimed or carbon emissions that have been stored can represent a liability for any party using them to make a claim. If the emission savings fail to happen or the emissions are released back into the atmosphere, the liability may fall back on the purchaser.
Why not trees?
The Carbon Reduction Institute does not purchase carbon credits generated from the planting of trees, we prefer to purchase credits from energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. The reasons for this include the fact that tree projects risk failure on the above issues. Although they are a tool in the fight against climate change, they place significant liability on the purchaser. For trees to be used as an offset, they must stay in the ground for 100 years to match the life-cycle of CO2 in our atmosphere. Trees are susceptible to drought, fire and disease. If the tree credits you purchase for a carbon neutral claim succumb to any of these issues, you will be liable to organise or guarantee that someone will replant them or replace them with equivalent credits. This can place a significant liability on your
BioPak is certified as of May 2010. Rather than a set-and-forget approach, we monitor variations to the original baseline calculation of our emissions on an ongoing basis.
This ensures our certification remains trustworthy and provides us with the confidence to continue marketing and promoting our climate change credentials.