29.10 tonnes from transport
2.40 tonnes from electricity
2.40 tonnes from other sources
34.00 tonnes of CO2 offset
33.90 carbon tonnes
-34.00 tonnes offset
=-0.10 tonnes net carbon
In keeping with our mission, we here at Rethink are committed to
net-zero operations at a minimum. Currently,
we're offsetting 100% of our tracked emissions on a monthly basis.
Going forward, our goal is to
become carbon negative
across all our activities and hope to continue to be models in the
waste management industry.
The Rethink team has defined our carbon negative goals alongside a roadmap for progress. Reducing carbon emissions is not just about our commitment to the environment. The same processes we use to identify carbon emissions reduction will also identify and realise benefits for the broader communities supporting the reduction projects.
We're currently tracking carbon in line with GHG Standards, focusing
on scope 1 and 2 emissions that are produced from our direct
activities. As we continue to grow, we're committed to tracking and
offsetting all emissions, both direct and indirect.
While our fleet of trucks makes what we do possible, the
emissions from the diesel engines make up the bulk of our carbon
triggered. By equipping each of our trucks with geolocating apps,
we're able to monitor the exact routes, mileage, and fuel
efficiency. While this not only allows us to constantly review and
update routes for efficiency, it also gives us valuable data that
makes calculating our precise emissions possible.
Our current fleet is 25% electric, with plans to move to 100% electric vehicles by 2024.
Energy use is calculated by sub-metering our current yard/dock,
which is part of the Trillium Recycling location in Ajax, Ontario.
With the bulk of the 5600 square foot space being outdoors, for cart
operations and storage, energy used is nominal, for the two forty-foot
containers from which we operate organics grinders and our bin
As our carbon tracking program is evolving, we’ll expand to track energy used by our non-operational employees, who work remotely from Ontario and Quebec.
Other sources include operational fuel for yard based motor, as well as our Scope 3 emissions, largely attributed to business travel. As our tracking program grows, we're committed to extending emissions tracking to carbon created as a result of our remote employee's workspaces, operations team's commutes, and any waste streams created as a result of our activities.
To mitigate the carbon we produce through operations, we're
purchasing Carbon Offsets. Carbon offset projects are projects that
convert financial investment into an equivalent reduction in carbon
dioxide emissions. Offsets are created when projects are undertaken to
permanently reduce GHG emissions, such as building retrofits, reduced
consumption of fossil fuels, or the displacement of non-renewables
into energy sources such as wind and solar.
Our offset commitment is to Canadian projects, locally in Ontario when
possible. Currently, we've chosen to partner with the following projects in
order to offset our operations.
The main project we've selected is the Great Bear Rainforest carbon credit conservation. This Canadian-based project not only aims to protect a valuable natural resource but to empower Indigenous communities that rely on the very forest itself.
By leveraging the offsets offered by Less, a BullfrogPower Company, we'll be able to ensure we're investing in quality projects. Less offers Gold Standard-certified emission reductions (CERs) and CSA Standard-certified Canadian based offsets, the highest quality offsets available internationally and in Canada.
We'll supplement these two main projects by supporting CarbonZero's Canadian-focused portfolio, where all offset projects are verified to the GHG protocol standards and carefully selected within Canada.
Internally, our goal is to offset at source. By investing in an all-electric fleet by partnering with Lion Electric, we'll effectively be able to reduce our direct emissions by 70%.