To avoid the worst effects of climate change, science tells us that we must limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which is also the central goal of the Paris Agreement. To achieve this objective, relying solely on governmental action will not be sufficient. We all have a role to play.
Ethically Sourced is, thus, to evaluate our carbon footprint every year so as our company grows, we can stay one step in front of our carbon footprint and adapt accordingly by committing ourselves to implement verified reduction methods.
ESN has given the UN Climate Neutral Now Pledge and we are now a proud Partner to this initiative launched by UN Climate Change in 2015 to encourage everyone in society to take action to help achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will work closely with them to not only implement reduction of CO2 emissions methods, but also to promote the values and the behavioral changes needed which in turn will drive the change within their industries and networks, helping align them with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We will be constantly monitoring our CO2 emissions and will update on this page relevant emissions, and what we are doing to reduce and offset.
We will also help and guide our Partner supplies to reduce their carbon footprint.
Carbon Footprint Guide
carbon footprints defined as:
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to, directly and indirectly, support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. When you heat your office with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your office with electricity, the generation of electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2.
What can you do Now?Immediately, you start calculating your own climate footprint through a 3-step method:
- Measure your greenhouse gas emissions. also called the carbon footprint;
- Reduce them as much as possible through your own actions; and
- Compensate those which cannot be currently avoided by using UN certified emission reductions (CERs), or other types of carbon credit.
We can provide more information for a supplier to help start measuring and implementing some reduction methods.