Calculate, reduce and offset your carbon footprint

Sustainability

Carbon footprint measurement

Calculation of the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.

Such environmental impact is measured by undertaking a GHG emissions inventory analysis in accordance with recognized international standards.

ALLCOT provides businesses with a questionnaire to measure its current emissions. Contributing factors range from the level of business travel to water consumption, electricity use and employee commuting.

The carbon footprint is measured in volume of CO2 equivalent. Once you know the size of the footprint, it is possible to reduce emissions through various programs and implement an offset strategy.

Emissions reduction

Development of emissions reduction plans

We will work with you to develop a tailor-made emissions reduction plan. This will comprise aspects of several components, including the following:

Renewable energy

Using renewable energy is a clear alternative to supporting the generation of CO2 emissions. There is a variety of technologies available. However, it is important to make a thorough assessment of which one(s) best suits your requirements.

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We advise our clients about which is the best renewable energy for them to try to reduce their footprint and save costs on technologies including: solar photovoltaic and low temperature solar thermal; wind energy; biomass and biofuels etc.

Energy efficiency

The implementation of energy efficiency systems can reduce power consumption and save money. We advise our clients on which systems best fit their own applications.

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This follows an energy audit which identifies energy consumption of the client’s facility and any processes, for example in detecting inefficient lighting or energy wasteful processes. These can be remedied by:

  • Intelligently redistributing lighting points to provide correct light levels
  • Implementing motion detectors in office corridors and toilets
  • Installing timers to turn off the lights at the end of the workday
  • Replacing traditional incandescent lamps for low-power LED systems

Transport

Transport is a major contributor to global warming. It constitutes a significant proportion of a business’ direct activity, for example through a company car fleet, or indirectly through unavoidable business travel.

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If you have a company fleet, it is necessary to reduce its impact through preventive maintenance and the use of quality materials that promote performance and lengthen its life (tyres, lubricants, clean filters, adhere to manufacturers’ service schedules etc.)

It is important that businesses make more informed and efficient decisions on different modes of transport (rail, sea, air and/or road). Travel and distribution should be planned in order to optimise itineraries and routing to avoid unnecessary emissions, time and cost.

We advise on all these issues and can create specific strategies and programs to maximise transport efficiencies to reduce costs and emissions.

Emissions offsetting

Offset your carbon footprint.

Offsetting CO2 emissions is based on the voluntary contribution of an amount of money proportional to the tonnes of CO2 emitted which have not been able to be reduced by other means. Specifically, that money is used to buy carbon credits with each one being equivalent to one tonne of CO2 emitted. This economic contribution is dedicated to projects in developing countries and they should:

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  • Capture a number of tonnes of CO2 equivalent to the amount emitted, by developing a carbon sink project, e.g. a forestry project
  • Prevent the emission of a number of tonnes of CO2 equivalent to the amount emitted, by means of an energy efficiency project, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, waste management or avoided deforestation.

We work with our clients to develop customized programs that can include a range of projects, such as:

BIOMASS COGENERATION. Using biomass fuels for power and heat.
BIOGAS. Transforming biogas into renewable energy for heat or electricity.
SOLAR. Converting the sun’s energy into electricity.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY. Reducing the amount of energy required to provide products and services.
WASTE TREATMENT. Converting organic waste into biogas fuels
HYDROELECTRICITY. Producing electricity using water.
WIND POWER. Converting wind energy into electricity.
FORESTATION. Planting trees to reduce GHG emissions.

Water footprint

Calculation and reduction of the water footprint.

The water footprint is an indicator of freshwater use that includes not only direct water use of a consumer or producer but also indirect water use.

While a direct water footprint refers to the use of water by a producer for production, manufacturing or maintenance activities; an indirect water footprint refers to the use of water in the producer’s distribution chain.

There are three kinds of water footprint:

Blue water footprint refers to consumption of blue water resources (surface and groundwater) along the supply chain of a product. ‘Consumption’ refers to the loss of water from the available ground-surface water body in a catchment area. Losses occur when water evaporates, returns to another catchment area or the sea or is incorporated into a product.

Green water footprint refers to consumption of green water resources (rainwater insofar as it does not become run-off).

Grey water footprint refers to pollution and is defined as the volume of freshwater that is required to assimilate the load of pollutants given natural background concentrations and existing ambient water quality standards.

Life Cycle Analysis

Environmental impact throughout life cycle.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a methodological tool used to measure the environmental impact of a product, process or system throughout its life cycle (from the raw materials to the end of life).

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It is based on the collection and analysis of the inputs and outputs of the system to obtain results that show their potential environmental impacts, in order to be able to determine strategies for their reduction.

The elements that are taken into account within the LCA are commonly known as inputs and outputs:

  • Inputs: Use of resources and raw materials, parts, and products, transportation, electricity, energy … etc, which are taken into account in each process or phase of the system.
  • Outputs: Emissions to air, water and soil, as well as wastes and by-products that are taken into account in each process or phase of the system.

Carbon footprint ISO certification

Environmental impact throughout life cycle.

ISO certification is a technical specification that establishes the principles, requirements and guidelines for the quantification and communication of a carbon footprint.

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It is based on international standards for the analysis of a life cycle for quantification and for declarations and environmental labeling, as well as for communication. The requirements and guidelines for the quantification and communication of a partial carbon footprint are also provided.

This technical specification is applicable to the studies of carbon footprint and different options for the communication of a study based on the obtained results. When reporting the results of a carbon footprint study according to this technical specification, procedures are provided to support both transparency and credibility as well as to enable informed choices.

This technical specification deals only with one category of impact: Climate Change. Offsetting is outside the scope of this standard.

Environmental initiatives communication

It is vital to communicate your sustainability initiatives. Here is how we help you

Offset seal and emissions offset certificate

ALLCOT validates that the company is carbon neutral by issuing an offset seal. Also, our company provides an offset certificate which illustrates the number of tonnes of CO2 offset by every single selected project.

Press Release, blog and social media

ALLCOT provides a draft press release for communicating the sustainability initiative of our clients to the media. Traditionally, clients use this to engage local and industry media, as well as posting the press release on their website news section and blogs, where applicable. We also share clients’ sustainability actions through our own social media channels.

Sustainability page or e-sales platform

ALLCOT develops an effective sales and communication platform. This provides a hub for the sustainability initiative of our clients that can coordinate the communications, disseminate and archive all project information and updates to existing and new stakeholders. It may also host project data and images as well as a news section and an online store to enable our clients to sell carbon credits.

E-shop

ALLCOT can create a tailor-made E-shop, a web-based “shopping cart”, on our client’s website offering a full range of emission neutralization packages. This e-shop allows our clients to enable their stakeholders to participate in their sustainability initiative.