What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is the estimated amount of carbon emitted to the atmosphere due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a person or group.
Project Zero™ completes a carbon inventory to determine IDC’s carbon footprint each year. This calculates the total direct and indirect emissions for our business operations, including electricity, fuels, water, and waste. To have the greatest impact possible, we voluntarily included business travel, employee commuting, imports, hair show travel and deliveries, and customer shipping.
Project Zero™ works closely with our conservation partner Saving Species to ensure that trees are planted which will absorb the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere over time. Together this yields a net zero carbon footprint for all our business operations in 2014, 2015, and our expected 2016. To learn more about the trees we planted and the endangered species that we are helping see Impact.
2015 Carbon Emissions
Here at International Designs Corporation, we believe that our day-to-day habits have a huge effect on the environment. A small change goes a long way and we encourage this by creating an office atmosphere that promotes the motto reduce, reuse, recycle.
Our 2016 carbon inventory is currently underway, but the breakdown amongst different business activities is expected to be similar to our 2015 profile.
- Imports 25%
- Business Travel 19%
- Commuting 17%
- Premises 15%
- Customer Shipping 14%
- Shows & Deliveries 9%
Photography by Ryan Lynch
A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere.
A true offset will meet the following requirements:
- Additionality- offsets must begin from new carbon removed. ie, the trees already in the ground do not count.
- No “leakage”- the carbon reductions in one place must not cause an increase in carbon emissions somewhere else.
- Carbon benefits must be quantified, verified, & continually monitored.
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