Some of the US athletes, Olympic and Paralympic, have been telling BP Target Neutral what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.
BP Target Neutral helping World Future Energy Summit 2014 to be the lowest carbon energy summit to date
As the energy world looks forward to the 2014 World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, we are working with Masdar to deliver the lowest carbon WFES yet following the announcement of BP Target Neutral as the Official Carbon Offset Partner.
It’s probably fair to say that when most people think of offsetting, they think of tree planting. And that is one way that offsetting can have a positive effect on the world. Some offsetting projects go further however like at the biomass project in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they certainly bring smiles to local faces.
Every year the project donates a percentage of their sustainably fired building blocks to local causes, such as a learning centre for young adults with disabilities and a samba school for marginalised children. The children really take sustainability seriously – they even use old computer keyboards as percussion instruments. By offsetting your travel carbon footprint with BP Target Neutral, as well as making a difference to the environment, you’re also supporting the valuable social and economic benefits to local communities like Rio Bonito.
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) welcomes UK regulators’ efforts in yesterday’s shut down of 19 companies allegedly involved in pressure selling carbon credits to individuals for investments.
Over the last year, a series of scammers guised as reputable financial institutions targeted members of the public with high-pressure sales tactics and hyped promises of inflated returns on carbon credit investments.
Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA, said, “These incidents put the reputation and essential work of the carbon market at risk. Today, we welcome efforts by the UK Insolvency Service in shutting down scammers involved in these activities.”
IETA stresses that such predatory practices are particularly frustrating to the legitimate industry that is focused on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to sustainable development.
IETA through its ICROA organisation (a dedicated body set up to promote best practice in carbon management and offsetting) has supported UK regulators in their investigations. ICROA works with its membership to define best practice in the retail sales of carbon credits. All ICROA members abide by a code of conduct that prohibits unscrupulous sales practices. They are committed to a single objective of reducing carbon emissions at scale to avoid dangerous climate change.
For further information on ICROA and its position regarding this issue please visit ICROA.
IETA and ICROA support regulators efforts to further address this issue and protect both members of the public and the carbon market industry against unscrupulous practices.
Staff at the three US Olympic Training Centres are learning to be safer, more energy-efficient drivers under a new initiative known as the Eco-Driver programme, sponsored by BP. The programme, which is part of BP Target Neutral, gave 30 staff at the US Olympic Training Centres in Chula Vista, Colorado Springs, and Lake Placid, instruction in how to drive smarter and, at the same time, reduce emissions, lower their carbon footprint, and save money.