How carbon credits benefit your business. We wrap up our series on carbon neutrality with a discussion of the ways carbon credits benefit your business today. For more information on how carbon credits can help your business reach carbon neutrality, contact your Twin Feathers team.
How to purchase carbon credits-Part 2. We finish discussing the process of purchasing carbon credits and the importance of retiring them. Twin Feathers purchases carbon credits for clients with the intent that the purchase will cause them to be carbon neutral.
How to purchase carbon credits, Part 1. We will walk you through the “nuts and bolts” of purchasing carbon credits. We begin the discussion by talking about the importance of a business valuation and why it’s important to pick a category of carbon credit, either general contract or specific certified project.
Carbon credits offset or reduce the amount of carbon emissions your business produces. Purchasing carbon credits can help your business achieve carbon neutrality.
Carbon credits should be part of your plan to get ahead of coming changes in the energy market. We explain why it’s important to plan for change now, and how carbon credits will help your business get ahead of government regulations, offer unique marketing opportunities, and sustain profitability for the long term.
How to reach carbon neutrality. We provide expert information to help your business be proactive in dealing with the changing energy market.
What does it really mean?
Carbon neutrality is the idea of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by creating a balance between the amount of gas emitted into and absorbed from the earth’s atmosphere. Creating this balance is part of a larger push toward less fossil fuel consumption in the future. Carbon neutrality centers on the desire to lower emissions released through fuel consumption. The main emission targeted today is carbon.
What is carbon?
All fossil fuels – oil, coal, natural gas and more – contain carbon. Burning or otherwise consuming these fuels releases carbon into our atmosphere. This release of carbon is said to degrade the earth and its environment.
Whether you agree or disagree with the view that carbon emissions are dangerous, the premise that they are harmful drives a major portion of the current climate change agenda.
What are Carbon Intensity (CI) values?
California has been a leader in the move to reduce carbon emissions. The state uses a Carbon Intensity (CI) factor to evaluate the amount of carbon emissions a fuel produces.
They assign each fossil fuel and energy source some type of CI value. The end goal for this value is like scoring in golf – those in charge want the lowest CI score to win.
An example of how this scoring could work is comparing traditionally created propane, with a CI score in the 78-80 range, to gasoline, which has a score of 90-100. Propane has a lower score than gasoline, which is good. However, those in charge want very, very low scores – scores that are 50-70, or lower.
How do you achieve that and what does it mean for your business?
We will continue our series on carbon neutrality and its impact on your business on July 22. Please contact your Twin Feathers team for more information on smart solutions for navigating the shift to carbon neutrality.
“Change – the only constant.”
The UN position on Climate Change
According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, global temperatures have risen 1.1ºC above pre-industrial levels. This temperature increase is linked to melting glaciers, rising sea levels, flooding and droughts, which impacts millions of people.
What is the cause of climate change? According to the United Nations, greenhouse gas emissions are the reason for our global climate problems, and the energy sector is responsible for 75% of greenhouse gas emissions (carbon).
The Changing Energy Market
Current global concern about climate change and the accompanying focus on the energy sector leads us to expect major shifts in how energy is used. According to the United Nations, over 190 countries have joined the efforts to reach net-zero greenhouse emissions. Countries participating in the Paris Agreement must meet the following goals:
- get greenhouse gas emissions (carbon) to peak before 2025,
- make emissions decline by 43% by 2030,
- have emissions reach Net-Zero by 2050.
Additionally, President Biden recently committed to getting the United States to 100% clean power by 2035.
A “New Normal”
No one talked about goals like these 40-50 years ago. Even a decade ago, they would have seemed far-fetched. Many people argue that these targets are not achievable. Many people have difficulty even imagining a world where these goals are the norm. We can argue about whether these goals are attainable, but the reality is that carbon neutral targets will significantly change the propane and fuels markets. And these changing targets are becoming the “new normal.”
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How will your business survive this shift? How will you navigate this new normal? Over the next few weeks, the Twin Feathers team will show the impact of these changes and how your business can thrive.
Check back here for updates on our series on carbon neutrality. Please contact us, to learn how the Twin Feathers team can assist you in making smart decisions while navigating the changing energy market.
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