CustomerFirst Renewables Achieves Carbon Neutrality Since Founding
On our ten-year anniversary, CFR reflected on our impact on sustainability through our work with customers and our own carbon footprint. We have worked with our clients to facilitate 2,000+ MW of renewable energy and support water resiliency plans. This year, CFR examined our own carbon footprint, took actions to reduce emissions, and offset our remaining emissions from our founding in 2010 through the end of 2020.
As part of our CFResponsibility initiative, we measured our footprint over the past ten years. Most of our Scope 1 and 3 emissions came from transportation and travel (reduced significantly in 2020 due to COVID), though we also measured emissions from work-from-home, waste, and procurement. Our LEED Platinum office building provides renewable energy to cover our Scope 2 emissions.
We then looked for ways to reduce our emissions. In 2019, we started a commuter benefits program to encourage employees to use public transportation. With our employees working from home in 2020, we also launched a new employee benefits program in partnership with Arcadia to provide employees clean energy for their residential electricity use.
We offset our remaining historical emissions by supporting the Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project in Kenya, validated by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB). At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, this project aims to preserve a vast landscape of diverse ecosystems, including montane cloud forests, lava forests and grassland savannah and wetlands. The project reduces deforestation and restores natural landscapes by improving farming practices, supporting alternative incomes such as ecotourism and beekeeping, and employing rangers to reduce illegal logging and poaching. The landscape provides habitat to the increasingly threatened African elephant and critically endangered black rhino and other iconic animals, while cloud capture from the forest provides approximately 30% of water supply for Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa.
As we welcome in the new year, we are optimistic about what 2021 will bring. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve sustainability to support the goals of our clients, our organization, and the multilateral effort to avert global climate change.