We engage Ecoshift Consulting, an independent third-party firm to track and provide a sustainability report that fully assess our operational carbon impact and identifies opportunities to reduce our resource consumption, GHG emissions and waste. Their findings inform how many carbon allowances we purchase in order to fulfill our commitment to being carbon neutral.
Every year, we purchase carbon allowances for the equivalent of our carbon footprint from the prior year. In 2020, this footprint totaled 429.5 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.
We purchased carbon allowances in this amount from Carbon Lighthouse and Forterra’s Carbon Capture Program. With Forterra, our allowance purchase supports positive local impact through reforestation efforts in our Puget Sound communities. With Carbon Lighthouse, our allowance purchase from regional carbon markets reduces the finite supply of available allowances that utilities, power plants, and other regulated entities can obtain – thereby encouraging further emissions reductions in a macro sense.
Measuring our carbon footprint and purchasing carbon allowances is an important tool for sustainability, but we recognize that it’s not the solution. We remain committed to measuring and paying for our emissions, while proactively finding opportunities to reduce these emissions through our internal practices and initiatives.