The total carbon inventory calculated for CORE is 155 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (TCO2e) for 2011/12. Approximately 99% of the business’s carbon footprint is from air travel.
In addition to currently purchasing 100% Greenpower, CORE has decided to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting part of its emissions through two different projects:
BHL Biogas and Bagasse based cogeneration project activity at Kinauni
The project activity is an extraction and combustion of biogas and utilisation of biogas in the boiler for steam generation. The steam generated is supplied to the turbine for power generation. The project is by Bajaj Hindustan Limited (BHL) in Kinauni, Uttar Pradesh, India. In the absence of the project BHL would have treated the spent wash in an open lagoon treatment system and steam would have been generated from the Bagasse fired boiler and power imported from the coal fired grid.
Native Tree Planting
Carbon Neutral’s Biodiverse native Australian tree planting project offers biodiverse conservation plantings using trees and shrubs that are native to Australia. While there is a place for monoculture planting (one species over a wide area), the advantage of biodiverse planting is that it helps to keep the environment in a natural balance. A habitat which is species-rich is more resilient and adaptable to one in which the range of species is limited.
CORE’s goal is to decrease its overall greenhouse gas emissions by reducing GHG emitting activities and purchasing offsets where possible.