Now available in 36 countries, customers love UPS carbon neutral. But the question I get asked most is probably, “Where do the offset fees you collect go?” Well, over the past year we’ve purchased carbon offsets in three different projects around the world.
The Garcia River Forest project, located in California, uses conservation-based forest management to absorb and store carbon emissions while restoring wildlife habitat and protecting water quality.
Fujian Landfill Gas, located in Southern China, captures methane at a landfill site and uses it to generate clean electricity.
Cholburi Wastewater Treatment uses biogas from wastewater to generate heat and power at a tapioca starch drying factory in Cholburi, Thailand.
We also have two pending purchases which should be complete by the end of November.
GACL Grid Connected Wind is a renewable energy project that will generate electrical power using wind energy, through the operation of wind turbines in Gujarat state of India.
La Pradera Landfill Gas is located in Colombia. This project enables efficient landfill gass management to prevent methane from being released into the atmosphere. Additionally, this project promotes research and provides training facilities for students of the University of Antioquia.
It is our goal to purchase high-quality offsets. We consider a few things prior to making an offset purchase such as the project type, the standard type, the vintage and the registration.
The types of projects we aim to purchase include reforestation, methane gas destruction, and landfill gas destruction.
Offsets are issued according to a standard. Standards have been created by different organizations, in the absence of one national or international standard. The standards we target include Gold Standard, Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), and Climate Action Reserve (CAR) certified offsets, in addition to European Union Allowances and Certified Emission Reduction offsets.
The vintage refers to the year the carbon offset takes place. Our goal is to match the vintage of a purchased carbon offset within a reasonable time period relative to when the emission occurred. We look to purchase offsets with a vintage of one year of when the emissions occurred.
Lastly, we check to make sure an offset has been posted to a registry. A registry will keep track of an offset to ensure that it was not previously retired, so ultimately a registry can prevent double-counting of an offset.
There are many sustainability efforts going on every day at UPS. UPS carbon neutral is just an additional way we and our customers can help the environment. As we make additional offset purchases we’ll continue to provide updates on new projects added to the portfolio.
Another great thing about the carbon neutral shipping option is that UPS will match the number of carbon offsets purchased in this program through 2011, up to US$1 million, doubling the positive impact.
We’d like to know … what are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint?
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