Since the beginning of 2020, Axis has been working with the carbon accounting company Emitwise to calculate our operational baseline and map out Axis’ journey to carbon neutrality. This partnership is vital to understanding how far we need to go to be truly sustainable and have a positive impact on our local environment. Emitwise has been analysing data ranging from utility usage, spend data, FTE, waste production and fuel usage to demonstrate how closely related business activity and carbon emissions are.
As a token of their appreciation for the work we have done together, a large amount of CO2 has been offset in our name, reducing our overall carbon footprint. Carbon offsetting allows individuals or companies like us to reduce our emissions by investing in environmental projects around the world to balance out our carbon footprints. Although we at Axis believe offsetting is not the answer to reduce all our emissions, that comes from significant operational changes. It allows us to take responsibility for our unavoidable emissions.
As well as the 50 square feet of seagrass in North Wales, Emitwise has offset 15 tonnes of CO2 in Axis’ name. Which is equal to 37,698 miles driven by an average car, that’s one and a half laps around the Earth!
We are currently contributing to two projects worldwide that have allowed us to reach 15 tonnes of Co2 saved including;
- Jari Para – Focused on avoiding deforestation project, it preserves 50,480 hectares of primarily virgin Amazon Forest. The project aims to promote forest conservation and reduce potential greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, it educates local stakeholders on sustainable agricultural practices.
- Brazil Nut Concessions – Brazil Nut Concessions project prevents deforestation and protects biodiversity on 500,000 acres in the Peruvian Amazon. The project collaborated with 300 small concessioner landowners aimed at refocusing the local economy towards the passive harvest of Brazil Nuts. It creates more economic opportunities for local communities thus enabling the community to safeguard against illicit deforestation.
These projects are just one way in which we’re having a positive global impact. Climate change is not a local problem, our actions as individuals and businesses affect people worldwide and offsetting is just one step in the right direction to mitigate this.