Minimising the emissions and environmental impacts of new developments is always our first and foremost priority. But in order to reach carbon neutrality, we realised that we needed to go further — that’s why we offset for the embodied emissions that we simply can’t avoid.
We acknowledge that offsetting isn’t a silver bullet. Nor is it a license to pollute, emit or extract; for us, it’s always a last resort to help us get to net-zero. The first step is to calculate and understand the impact of our construction sites. The second is to explore every possible option to reduce those impacts. Then, for the emissions that we could not eliminate, we plan to offset through certified carbon credits.
We believe that to truly care for the environment, it isn’t enough to look at what’s right in front of us.
When measuring the embodied carbon footprint of our developments, we conduct life-cycle assessments to look beyond the energy and resources consumed on our construction sites. We also look upstream to the extraction of raw materials, to the transformation of those materials into secondary inputs and goods, and to the transportation to our construction sites. We take all of these upstream emissions into account when calculating our responsibility towards reducing and then offsetting the construction of our logistics facilities.
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According to the latest IPCC report released in August 2021, we are already locked into a future where total global warming almost certainly rises by at least 1.5 degrees celsius. That’s why we firmly believe that we need to reduce our footprints as much as possible — but we also need to offset all unavoidable emissions in order to further limit our impact on an already strained climate.
The most important criteria for all offsetting initiatives we support is that they are listed under strong and recognised international standards, which are accredited by the The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA). Furthermore, we also seek projects that relate either to our own sustainability focus areas — such as clean energy, biodiversity and human wellbeing — or to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.