Because we are currently unable to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, Ere-S offsets all its emissions through funding external activities and projects that reduce (or compensate for) the equivalent amount of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) it produces.For this, Ere-S has chosen South Pole, an international company specialising in greenhouse gases reduction and climate friendly projects.
Furthermore, we have chosen the “2° Path” option proposed by South Pole to compensate for emissions in a way that would achieve the goal of limiting the average global warming to 2°. This option requires an offset of 2.5 times total emissions. Compensating for a significantly higher amount of emissions gives us confidence that all our actual emissions are effectively included in the offsetting, even if there are under-estimations or imprecisions in our measurement methodology.
In order to support local and regional communities, we essentially fund carbon offsetting projects in Southeast Asia. In previous years, we financed a geothermal energy project and a micro hydro plant project, both located in Indonesia.
Our latest funding was made for a project in generating sustainable electricity from wastewater biogas in Thailand. We purchased verified carbon units from the project amounting to 11.65 tonnes of CO2e. This amount was based on our total carbon emissions in 2017 (4.66 tonnes) multiplied by 2.5 for the “2° Path” option.A description of the project can be found here.
Our carbon measurement covers the emissions from our activity in all the projects we execute for our clients. This includes energy used, computers and internet usage, phone communications, transport and any embodied emissions.
Upon completion of a client engagement, we estimate the quantity of CO2e that was emitted for the project and include a statement in our invoice to the client with the relevant figure in tonnes of emitted CO2e and a notification that these emissions will be entirely compensated.
There is no doubt that our carbon footprint represents only a fraction of the total footprint of our clients’ supply chains. However, we believe that our approach is forward-looking and still uncommon among service providers and we aim to become a role model in making our clients’ supply chains greener.See our carbon monitoring page on how we measure our emissions.