Climate change… an ever-pressing concern in our world today. As business owners we recognize the importance of environmental responsibility and why we at Hikers Brew Coffee have taken the significant step forward in earning our Climate Neutral Certification. Let’s explore what it means to be Climate Neutral Certified and how we are taking charge in eco-friendly coffee production.
Understanding Climate Neutral Certification:
The Climate Neutral Certification, offered by the non-profit organization Climate Neutral, represents a comprehensive commitment to measuring, reducing, and offsetting a company's carbon emissions. It is a rigorous process that involves calculating the total greenhouse gas emissions generated throughout the entire lifecycle of a product or service, from production to transportation and disposal.
To achieve Climate Neutral Certification, as a business we must follow three essential steps:
- Measure: The first step involves calculating the greenhouse gas emissions produced throughout the entire value chain, including the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing processes, distribution, and end-of-life considerations.
- Reduce: After identifying their carbon footprint, companies must implement measures to minimize emissions. This can be accomplished through various strategies such as transitioning to renewable energy sources, optimizing transportation and logistics, and improving energy efficiency.
- Offset: To neutralize the remaining carbon emissions that cannot be eliminated entirely, companies invest in projects that remove or reduce an equivalent amount of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. These projects often involve initiatives like reforestation, renewable energy installations, and methane capture.