Staying true to our commitments is our pledge to a healthier planet and a better future for generations to come.
Having a passion for people and caring deeply for the environment are part of Brunel’s DNA. We embed these values firmly within our company culture. Becoming a carbon neutral company from the year 2022 onwards demonstrates our drive to deliver on our long-term decarbonisation ambitions. At the same time, it pushes us to take ownership of our unavoidable emissions along the way. This is why Brunel has decided to top up its decarbonisation efforts by compensating for all of its scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions1 through high-quality carbon credits that finance transformational projects outside of Brunel’s value chain. This will make an immediate, positive contribution to the global transition to a net zero future.
“Addressing the impacts of climate change and delivering systemic change would not be possible without long-term commitments and the immediate, accelerated actions of the private sector. I am extremely proud that we have pledged to be carbon neutral – and achieved this goal - from the year 2022 onwards. Together, our specialists and clients work towards delivering on their and our energy transition commitments every day. Beyond working on these long-term strategies to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and support our clients’ energy transition goals, it is absolutely critical that we drive meaningful action today,” said Jilko Andringa, CEO of Brunel. “Through voluntary carbon compensation, we not only take accountability for our environmental footprint but also drive sustainable development beyond our value chain. Having such an impact-driven approach which combines our low-carbon objectives with immediate action is our pledge to a healthier planet and a better future for generations to come.”
Carbon credits explained
For people and the planet to thrive, we have to tackle the climate crisis from two angles: dramatically decreasing emissions while simultaneously taking responsibility for emissions that cannot yet be reduced. How can businesses support this goal with measurable, meaningful actions? Financing projects that avoid or remove emissions, protect nature and support sustainable development is a powerful way for companies to contribute towards the global sustainability agenda.
Carbon credits2 are the preferred solution for companies to address their unavoidable emissions and demonstrate maximum climate action. They finance measurable impacts that are certified by credible, independent standards and audited to make sure the claimed impacts are real and additional. Consequently, carbon credits have become an essential part of a holistic climate strategy: they support mitigation and sustainable development beyond companies' value chains. In addition to their obvious environmental impacts, climate action projects also ignite social co-benefits in line with the UN SDGs, improving livelihoods and providing opportunities for local communities particularly affected by climate change.
By purchasing carbon credits, a company puts a price on its carbon footprint. This makes carbon credits an effective decision-making tool for financing climate action. With the price of carbon credits predicted to rise in the long term, it makes increasing economic sense for companies to focus on reductions first, meaning only truly unavoidable emissions are compensated for through investing in high-quality projects.
Learn more about the three climate action projects that Brunel is supporting in the next blogposts.
1: Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy. Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions associated with the company’s operation like business travel.
2: A carbon credit is a tradable permit or certificate that provides the holder of the credit the right to emit one ton of carbon dioxide or an equivalent of another greenhouse gas.