Despite actively engaging our staff and implementing internal practices to promote environmental sustainability, we recognize that our organizational carbon footprint is not at zero. Thus, we engage Ecoshift Consulting, an independent third-party firm to track and provide a sustainability report to fully assess our organizational environmental impact and identify opportunities to reduce our resource consumption, GHG emissions and waste. We use this information to retire carbon offsets in order to be a carbon neutral organization and to decrease the limited supply of available allowances that utilities, power plants, and other regulated entities can obtain.
This year, we are retiring the equivalent of our carbon footprint of 455.3 mtCO2 emissions through Carbon Lighthouse, as well as investing in tree planting through Forterra’s Carbon Capture Program.
Carbon retirement is an important tool to improve sustainability, but we recognize that it’s not the solution. We remain committed to being a carbon neutral organization by retiring carbon offsets, while proactively finding opportunities to reduce our own emissions through our internal practices and initiatives.