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.
One of the offsetting initiatives that we’re proud to support is the Kariba Forest Protection
project in Zimbabwe. In light of Zimbabwe’s economic and political difficulties — and
widespread deforestation in the region — the Kariba initiative was launched to save forests,
protect wildlife and change lives all at the same time. By protecting almost 800,000 hectares of
forest, Kariba forms a giant biodiversity corridor across northern Zimbabwe that guarantees an
abundant space for ecosystems to heal and communities to thrive.
Since its launch in 2011, the Kariba project has avoided millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions by protecting forests and enhancing crucial biodiversity — all while simultaneously promoting regional sustainable development and the autonomy and wellbeing of local communities. And as an ICROA-accredited carbon offsetting initiative maintained by the leading climate solutions provider South Pole, we’re confident that Kariba will continue to do a lot of good in the future, too.