Shining Earth®, the sustainability division of Delta-Simons, recently undertook a carbon footprinting and offsetting exercise at the Inogen WorldView® Conference held in Vienna on 10th April 2013. The purpose of the exercise was for Inogen to mitigate the environmental impact of their annual global gathering of Associates and Clients.
Inogen founder member Delta-Simons was represented at the conference and, during the day, collected travel details from a sample of delegates. Data included the origin and destination of travel, the mode of transport used, and any journeys where delegates shared transport.
The latest Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conversion factors were used to calculate the total carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) emissions. Using these factors it was estimated that a total of approximately 70 tonnes of CO2eq were associated with delegate travel to and from the conference. The results found that 96% of the estimated emissions were attributed to air travel.
The total calculated emissions have been offset by 200% by Inogen, and therefore awarded the Shining Earth® ‘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 in the form of 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 removed via Woodland Carbon with the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Carbon scheme 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.
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