Take a look at the carbon offset project we support
Since September 2009, the small hydroelectric power plant in southern Sri Lanka has been supplying clean electricity to the island. With a capacity of 6.5 megawatts, it uses the water of the Kuru Ganga River near Kuruwita in the Ratnapura district to generate emission-free energy. The project counts as a run-of-river power plant, which means that the water only has to be dammed during dry periods and by a small weir. Thus the environmental influences remain almost neutral, fish stocks and the entire ecosystem are not endangered. The power plant generates around 19 gigawatt hours per year for Sri Lanka's power grid. These replace electricity from thermal power plants that were previously used to generate electricity in Sri Lanka. The earnings obtained by the carbon offset project made the construction and operation of the new power plant possible – and, as well, some improvements for the people living in the project area.
Carbon offset projects demonstrably save greenhouse gases through activities such as afforestation or renewable energies. Independent organizations such as TÜV, SGS, PwC, and others check the exact volume saved. The project operator can finance the project through the sale of certified emission reductions. Only projects requiring additional financial support are recognized as carbon offset projects.
Criteria for carbon offset projects:
Carbon offset projects must meet internationally recognized standards. The most important criteria here are:
It must be ensured that the project can only be realized if it receives additional financing through emissions trading. This means the project must be reliant upon emissions trading in order to cover its financial needs.
It must be ensured that the carbon emissions saved are only counted once — by the certificate owner. In particular, this means that certificates may only be sold once and then have to be retired.
Emissions savings must take place permanently. For example, carbon sequestration in forests must be long-term in nature. A reforested area that is turned back into a livestock pasture through slash-and-burn farming a few years later cannot receive recognition as a carbon offset project.
Carbon offset projects must be audited in regular intervals according to the criteria listed above. Independent third parties such as TÜV, SGS, or PwC perform these audits. Audits like these retroactively determine the actual volume of carbon emissions saved.
Companies, processes and products are termed "climate neutral" when their carbon emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting recognized carbon offset projects. Besides avoidance and reduction, offsetting carbon emissions represents an additional important step in comprehensive climate protection.
Our products are rendered climate neutral in three steps:
We have calculated the relevant carbon emissions of our company, reduced them as much as possible, and calculated the emissionsgenerated by our products.
The product carbon footprint is calculated based on factors such as raw materials, production and logistics. In addition we take our general business activities into account, such as administration and business travels.
Carbon offset projects save or sequestrate emissions through measures such as afforestation or the replacement of fossil fuel technologies through innovative, climate-friendly alternatives. By supporting one of these projects, you can offset the carbon emissions caused by the production, packaging and transportation of our products.
All projects are regularly audited by independent organizations and certified according to international standards, meaning that you can be sure the measures are being implemented on site.
You obtain full transparency thanks to the ClimatePartner label featuring a unique ID for your order: By entering the ID at www.climatepartner.com, you can find information on the quantity of emissions offset and the carbon offset project you are supporting.
The conventional production of wind-water sports equipment and the incorrect disposal of broken products often harm animals, people and the environment, as materials, manufacturing processes and transports will not follow a sustainability philosophy.
However, with this project we want to show that it is possible to minimize this environmental footprint and to create products that are more in line with the desire for organic consumption, without sacrificing design and functionality.
Why your support is important:
A conscious decision for climate neutral products can send an important message for a climate-friendly lifestyle. So if you want to take the step towards a more sustainable future with us, you should choose our carbon neutral products.
And you can do even more: look at your own environmental footprint and balance it, if you want to.
ClimatePartner is a leading solutions provider for corporate climate protection. Together with its clients, ClimatePartner implements customized solutions for calculating and offsetting CO2 emissions to achieve climate neutrality for companies, services and products.
For offsets, ClimatePartner develops its own carbon offset projects and offers a broad portfolio of recognized carbon offset projects in cooperation with a global network of partners.
Founded in 2006 in Munich, the company has 40 staff members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as over 1,500 clients. ClimatePartner works closely with environmental associations and provides expert opinions on various international committees.