Our Commitment: Climate Positive Events
To demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and support for climate mitigation efforts, we hosted our latest Allect event in collaboration with Earthly. Our Climate positive event was held at Soho Farmhouse, who like us, have voiced their dedication in playing their part to reduce the impact of climate change.
As a group, we aspire to make a conscious effort in reducing our carbon footprint where possible, however on some occasions it’s impossible to do this completely. Whilst we always strive to make sustainable choices for our events regarding location, travel, and food, on this occasion we chose to also offset our emissions by 200%.
Earthy calculated our expected footprint for the event, using the data we provided and offset this through an investment in both UK and international nature-based projects. Our emissions were offset by 12 tonnes (the equivalent of driving 65,359km in a car or the production of 2,000 cheeseburgers).
We chose to invest in the following nature-based projects:
Seaweed Farming, Cornwall
This project is an opportunity to invest in early stage, nature-based innovation and help write the science to scale up seaweed farming across the Southwest of the UK. Seaweed grows quickly, rapidly removing carbon from the atmosphere and creating shelter and food for wildlife. Seaweed is also a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel, plastic, and fertilizer, reducing industrial carbon emissions and helping to create a circular economy.
As the project learns more about carbon removal and emissions reduction with seaweed, this information will be shared with other actors around the world, helping to create certified methodologies and maximise the potential positive impact of seaweed.
Peatland Protection, Rimba Raya, Indonesia
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project is protecting one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world. Without this project, the carbon-rich, peatland forest of Rimba Raya would have been turned into palm oil estates, emitting over 100 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Instead, the project is protecting the land and working with local communities to achieve all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This project is committed to proactively working with local communities to not only preserve the peatland and surrounding wildlife, but to support sustainable development and ensure people and nature can survive and thrive into the future.
Going forward, we will continue to make conscious choices for all our events, internal and external, and make a commitment to offset all our event carbon emissions by 110%.