As part of our ongoing commitment to reducing the ecological impact of our business, the Pilot Pen Company (UK) Ltd has committed to being a Climate Neutral Company. This means that we have calculated our greenhouse gas emissions, and we are continuously looking to reduce them and offset unavoidable emissions through carbon offset projects.
The steps we have taken so far...
1. Calculated our carbon emissions
Together with ClimatePartner we have calculated our CCF - Corporate Carbon Footprint. This includes emissions from sources such as energy and heating, business travel, office supplies and everything else that we produce in the operation of our company.
2. Avoid and reduce emissions
Our CCF calculation shows us where we need to reduce our carbon emissions. We update it every year to monitor our progress and identify additional areas for improvement.
3. Carbon offset
Unfortunately, for the time being, some emissions remain unavoidable. We continuously offset them by supporting a project from the ClimatePartner portfolio: Clean Oceans Plastic Bank, Worldwide,
4. Created transparency
By using our label stating that we are a "climate neutral company" and the ID number, you can track our climate neutrality through the ClimatePartner ID tracking tool:
How we offset our carbon emissions.
Scientists all over the world agree that global warming needs to be limited to two degrees. However, it is still a challenge to implement this objective politically and to achieve it. No matter how resource-efficient a company becomes, there will always be unavoidable emissions. In other words, we will never be able to deal with global warming without the mass development of carbon offset projects.
Companies can offset their emissions by supporting a certified carbon offset project, thereby rendering their products and services climate neutral. PILOT has therefore decided to support and fund “Clean Oceans Plastic Bank Worldwide” through a partnership with Climate Partner.
Between 8 and 12 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans annually and 70% of such waste sinks to the seabed where we are unlikely to be able to clean it up. The key is to collect plastic before it enters the oceans! And the “Plastic bank project’s” mission is exactly that; to stop plastic waste from entering the oceans.
Clean Oceans Plastic Bank, Worldwide.
As a climate neutral company, we support the following carbon offset project Clean oceans Plastic Bank, Worldwide, www.climatepartner.com/1087
By investing in this project, we also support the realisation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, such as the fight against poverty and/or the improvement of living conditions in emerging and developing
Keeping plastic waste from entering the oceans
Over 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the sea every year. Especially developing countries often lack infrastructure for proper waste disposal. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
Money for plastic
This is the approach taken by the Plastic Bank. In Haiti, Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines, people collect plastic waste. At local collection points, they can exchange it for money, food, drinking water, cell phone credit or even school fees. The project makes sure that less plastic ends up in the sea.
Instead, it is recycled and turned into so-called Social Plastic, which serves as raw material for new products such as packaging.
The carbon offset is done via a Gold Standard project, a wind farm in the Philippines: www.climatepartner.com/1091 or a wind power project in Aruba: www.climatepartner.com/1040. For each compensated tonne of CO2, 10kg of plastic waste is collected.
How do clean oceans contribute to climate protection?
The ocean stores a quarter of the CO2 from the atmosphere and even 93% of the heat caused by the greenhouse effect - making it a major brake on climate change.
Warming, overfishing, pollutants and waste endanger this balancing function. Several initiatives prevent plastic waste from entering the sea and thus indirectly protect the climate. Because these activities do not generate verified emission reductions, Climate Partner supports ocean protection initiatives in combination with internationally recognised carbon offset projects. This allows for climate neutrality and ocean protection at the same time.
Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
By investing in this project, we also support the realisation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, such as the fight against poverty and/or the improvement of living conditions in emerging and developing countries.
Click on any of the icons below to learn about how the Clean Oceans Plastic Bank contributes to 14 of the
United Nations "Sustainable Development Goals".