Start Fitness Club, carbon neutral thanks to its agreement with ALLCOT
Start Fitness Club, located in Nice (France), has become carbon neutral thanks to its agreement with ALLCOT, which has calculated the emissions generated by the club in 2017. Also, ALLCOT carried out the offsetting process. This is the first fitness club in France to calculate and offset their emissions, so this initiative shows its commitment to sustainability.
The GHG emissions of Start Fitness Club came from the generation of purchased electricity consumed by the company. Also, some of them are a result of the water consumption, and the emissions generated in the production of some goods they bought during the last year due to the activity of the club, and their correspondent waste.
After knowing the emissions they generated, Daniel Hallifax, owner of Start Fitness Club, decided to offset them. The offsetting of CO2 consists of an economic investment in projects that are usually in developing countries that eliminate from the atmosphere a volume of emissions equivalent to the amount produced elsewhere.
The project chosen by the club to offset their emissions is the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT) in Pará, Brazil. This project supports the fragile ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest by preventing deforestation and giving degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate. It will prevent net emissions of more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the project’s 40 year lifetime. This project also supports 130 families living by subsistence agriculture and provides protected habitats for animals in danger of extinction.