Masdar, BP partnership to help mitigate carbon impact of delegate travel and operations at biggest international sustainability event in the Middle East.
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has announced BP as the “Official Carbon Offset Partner” for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 – a yearly event that unites the international community in an effort to address the interconnected challenges of energy and water security, climate risk and sustainable development. The event, January 17-24, combines the World Future Energy Summit, International Water Summit and EcoWaste conferences.
This is the second year BPTN is helping to mitigate the carbon impact of the summit.
Offsetting one tonne of carbon dioxide brings an additional $664 in benefits to the communities where carbon reduction projects are based, according to research published today.
The research, carried out by Imperial College London in partnership with the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA), demonstrates how purchasing carbon credits creates economic development opportunities, aids environmental conservation and helps improve people’s lives by delivering household savings, health benefits and improving water resources, among other social benefits.
As the city of Glasgow gears up to welcome Scotland’s biggest sporting and cultural event, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, spectators from all over the world will be heading there to cheer on their teams.
BP Target Neutral is very proud to be helping the Games be lower carbon by offering ticketholders the chance to offset their travel to Glasgow for free. The travel carbon footprint of each journey registered at www.bptargetneutral.com/offsetglasgow2014 (website now closed) will be neutralised thanks to local low carbon development projects across the globe. One of the projects we are supporting for the Commonwealth Games offsetting programme is a forestation project in Kenya, where 8,000 small-hold farmers are involved in planting and maintaining forests on the slopes of Mt Kenya.
Working with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) we have recently updated our travel calculators with a brand new calculator engine to provide fast and reliable calculations using the latest DEFRA emissions factors. If you have not done so recently, we recommend you recalculate your emissions to make sure you are acting with the most accurate information. Emissions factors evolve as science gains a greater understanding of the impact of different forms of travel – so an annual check is always worthwhile.