Shining Earth®, the sustainability division of UK Inogen Associate Delta-Simons, undertook a carbon foot printing and offsetting exercise at the Toronto Inogen WorldView® Conference held in May 2012, for Inogen to measure the CO2eq emissions associated with the travel of attendees to and from the conference.
The data detailing the travel details, including travel methods, mode of transport and distance travelled was collected at the conference from the delegates. The latest Greenhouse Gas conversion values were used to calculate the total emissions associated with the data collected, using these values it was estimated that approximately 53.95 tonnes of CO2eq were associated with travel to and from the conference. The results found that 98% of the calculated CO2eq emissions were attributed to air travel, with long haul flights accounting for 85% of the emissions.
The total calculated emissions have been offset by 200% by Inogen, and therefore awarded the ‘Beyond Carbon Neutral' seal of approval. The emissions have been offset using a combination of ‘not-for-profit' verified renewable energy schemes in association with The CarbonNeutral Company and carbon sequestration - UK afforestation in association with The Woodland Trust.
The CarbonNeutral Company projects include the construction of hydro power stations in the Guizhou province of China, and methane capture at the Meihe coal mine in the Jilin province of China, which is be used to displace fossil fuels within north-east China's electricity generation. Both projects have been verified to the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).
The remaining emissions have been offset via Woodland Carbon with the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust's Woodland Carbon project involves the planting and management of new native woodland in the UK, removing carbon from the environment and creating valuable green spaces for people and wildlife alike.
For more information or to request a copy of the full report please contact Roger Griffiths or go to www.shiningearth.co.uk.