Carbon emissions we haven’t been able to remove from our footprint, we offset. In addition, we commit to forward plans of emission reductions to achieve PAS 2060, the only independent standard of carbon neutrality in the UK, awarded by the British Standard Institution, the UK’s national standards body.
During 2018, working with our carbon partners South Pole and EcoAct, we offset our remaining emissions through funding three carbon reduction projects in Vietnam, Kenya and Thailand:
Through South Pole, the Song Ong project generates energy from the flow of the river to help reduce rolling blackouts and grid crashes in Southern Vietnam. Beyond providing an alternative to the burning of fossil fuels, the project has also contributed directly to the improvement of existing low-quality infrastructure systems with the construction of 11km of new road. Furthermore, 55 permanent jobs have been created for project operation, boosting local economies with new income streams.
The Chorchaiwat project, also through South Pole, mitigates the greenhouse gas emissions from a tapioca starch factory in Thailand by capturing biogas from wastewater and using it to replace heavy fuel oil in boilers. Not only does the project reduce methane emissions, but it also decreases fuel consumption of the plant by 80%. Local communities benefit from improved air and water quality. In addition, carbon credit revenues have funded social and educational activities, and an ambulance for the local emergency service, improving the wellbeing of surrounding communities.
We’ve partnered with EcoAct to benefit families living in rural areas of Kenya’s Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western Province through the Paradigm Water Purification project. 18,500 water purification dispensers have been distributed through this project, delivering safer water to 2.4 million people.