Nature is important. We’ll do what we can do to help minimise the impact. For all of us.
This is why we have decided to compensate for all our CO2 emissions caused by transport. This includes the transport from the growers to our logistics center, and to our clients. We expect to compensate for more than 100 Megatonnes of CO2 in 2021.
To offset these emissions we have partnered with ClimatePartner. You can see what we have done so far on our Tracking ID. This will be updated every quarter.
Together we compensate - to benefit others and nature
The project we have chosen provides clean cookstoves in Nyungwe, Rwanda. At the moment people are using open fires for cooking. This uses a lot of firewood which puts pressure on the unique rainforests in the surrounding.
The stoves will only use a third of the fuel of the open fires. This means a cut in carbon emissions and lowered pressure on the ecosystem. The stoves are offered at a subsidized price so low-income households can afford them.
Since women are usually responsible for the fire, they and their children benefit particularly from the project.
Nature is not all about CO2. There are more ways we help moving forward.
We are minimizing plant waste because we do not keep our own stock. All plants stay at the growers until an order is placed. At other wholesalers it is normal to have around 10% of the plants go to waste because they are not sold on time.
Where we can, we partner with transporters who deliver with electric vehicles. We already have two of these partners and are actively looking for more.
This year we increased our assortment of plastic free products. At the same time we try to lower the amount of plastic used in our logistic center. We are experimenting with wrapping which is 50% biobased and thinner. This way we use less plastic.
All of this is just a start. We will keep expanding until we have become a carbon neutral company. Also we have appointed Esther Allers as our new head of sustainability. She will set out to maximise what we as a company can do for the environment.
Our sustainability goals for 2021:
Offer 100% CO2 neutral transport to all our clients
Minimize plastic packaging both in our distribution hub and from the growers
Expand our assortment of plastic free, peat free and bio products
Receive a certification (ISO or other) for our carbon footprint calculation
This is what we’re planning for 2022 and beyond:
Expand the carbon footprint to include all FlorAccess practices. Develop an emission reduction strategy to lower the carbon footprint
Develop a strategy aimed to carbon neutrality
Work together with growers to lower the carbon footprint of the products
What is a carbon offset project?
Carbon offset projects reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. This can for example be done via the protection of ecosystems, reforestation or the development of renewable energy. These projects are often connected to other Sustainable development goals in the region like; providing local jobs, clean water, education, gender equality, and nature conservation.
What are the certification criteria for carbon offset projects?
For a project to be certified it needs to comply with internationally recognized criteria. To show that the criteria are met, projects are audited according to strict standards, such as ‘the Gold standard’ or the Verified carbon Standard’.
One of the most important requirements is that the projects are additional climate protection measures. Secondly, that the contribution to carbon reduction in the atmosphere is clearly measurable. The saved carbon emissions can only be used once. This is done via corresponding emission certificates in official registers.
Additionally, only projects that depend on additional financial resources can be certified as carbon offset projects. This means that they need to be dependent on the revenue from the traded emissions. Projects that are economically viable by themselves and would be realized without the certificate revenue cannot be used to offset carbon emissions.
How is the CO2 compensated?
The project we choose offsets emissions by providing more efficient cooking stoves to people in the Nyungwe region in Rwanda. These stoves emit only one third of the greenhouse gasses compared to the original stoves. They also lower the pressure on the ecosystem for fuel.
How do I know if all transport is compensated?
At the beginning of each quarter we calculate the transport emissions for the previous quarter. All these emissions are compensated in carbon credits from our project with ClimatePartner. All credits we have purchased up till now are visible on our Tracking ID.
Are you ISO: 192992393:2008 certified?
We are currently not ISO certified. It is one of our goals for this year to get our carbon footprint calculation certified.
Why do you work together with ClimatePartner
ClimatePartner has a large portfolio of carbon offset projects and makes sure all criteria are met. We partnered with them to ensure that our investments have a real impact. You can visit their website here: https://www.climatepartner.com/en
Who do I contact for questions with regards to sustainability and FlorAccess?
Esther Allers, our head of sustainability can be reached via email@example.com and via the chat on the website.