GI Solutions Group work with Carbon Footprint Ltd to carry out an exhaustive measurement and reduction of our carbon emissions and also to facilitate the carbon off-setting of residual emissions. This means that for every tonne of carbon that we cannot reduce, we pay for one to be reduced elsewhere in the world. Therefore, carbon emissions are reduced both locally and on a global scale. GI Direct has achieved carbon neutral status to the highest level, namely the British Standard Institute (BSI)’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2060. Our PAS2060 carbon neutrality status works in conjunction with our ISO 14001 and our FSC certifications to demonstrate our commitment to making a difference in terms of our global environmental impact. Emissions arising from both our manufacturing facilities and our offices are completely offset, enabling us to offer our clients a completely carbon neutral mailing.
- Carbon neutral since 2001
- Carbon emissions assessment is carried out every year
- Our PAS 2060 carbon neutral status is validated by Carbon Footprint Ltd
- Our carbon emissions assessment is independently assessed by Carbon Footprint Ltd
- Our EMS (Environmental Management System) helps us continuously improve our results
- Emissions that cannot be minimised are offset via high quality Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon offsetting projects
- Our PAS 2060 carbon neutral status emphasises our dedication and systematic procedures to reduce and manage our carbon footprint
- Clients can make use of our carbon neutral status to show their commitment to reducing the effects of climate change.
What is Carbon Neutrality?
Carbon neutrality refers to neutral (meaning zero) total carbon release, although nowadays the definition is extended to a broader range of green house gases (GHGs).
This is brought about by
- measuring the amount of carbon released
- reducing carbon emissions
- offsetting those emissions that could not been reduced (‘residual emissions’)
Carbon offsetting involves paying others to avoid, remove or sequester GHGs emitted from the atmosphere – for example by funding a renewable energy or clean technology under scenarios that would otherwise not occurred. This is usually done by buying verified carbon credits generated through the processes mentioned before and by retiring them from the market.
PAS 2060 carbon neutrality is the globally accepted definition and methodology for ‘going carbon neutral’. It involves three main steps; namely rigorous assessment of emissions, production and implementation of a carbon management plan (to drive down emissions) and the offsetting of remaining emissions by high quality carbon offsets.
Why did we adopt this standard?
Our travel and our energy consumption are the largest part of our business carbon footprint. Carbon neutrality allows us to take action on global warming today and drives the business towards:
- Reduced costs through energy efficiency
- Better brand positioning and public relations from achieving PAS2060 carbon neutral status
- Engaged employees who are increasingly concerned with environmental issues
- Improved Corporate Social Responsibility
- Lower carbon intensity of your goods and services
What does it mean to you?
More and more customers are paying attention to green credentials of organisations to make informed buying decisions. We truly believe businesses should take responsibility for limiting climate change. We support low carbon strategies and will ensure the low carbon intensity of your mailing.
If you would like more information on how we can help your business, feel free to contact us