August 28, 2017

GreenTech 2017: a carbon-neutral certified event

The GreenTech 2017 conference held by Green Marine in Fort Lauderdale last May 30 to June 1 received its PLANETAIR certification as a carbon-neutral event. For the fourth consecutive year, Green Marine purchased high-quality carbon offset credits to neutralize the climate footprint of its annual conference. All factors were taken into account, namely the conference site, accommodations, food, supplies, land, air and ferry transportation, paper, etc., for a total of 96 tons of CO2 emitted.

SUMMARY OF EMISSIONS      
         
  Source of emissions kg CO2e  
  Conference site, accommodations, food, other supplies 4 922  
  Land transportation 1 824  
  Air transportation 89 176  
  Boat/ferry transportation 16  
  Paper 34  
         
  TOTAL EMISSIONS kg 95972  
  t 96,0  
  TOTAL EMISSIONS PER ATTENDEE kg 727,06  
  t 0,7271  

This year’s carbon-offset funds will go towards a reforestation project in Quebec. These forestry credits are from the first and only Gold Standard project in Canada.

The project aims at reforesting degraded and unused land in urban and semi-urban areas, as well as upgrading forest ecosystems and creating green spaces in the greater Montreal metropolitan area. It involves the administrative regions of the Laurentians, Lanaudière, and Montérégie.

Plantings help to establish green corridors that favour a gradual return of biodiversity, notably the Kirtland’s Warbler, a bird species on the verge of extinction that reproduces only in young jack pines. The project will also contribute to reduced water runoff and cleaner air.

Thank you to RightShip for sponsoring the carbon offset costs to enable Green Marine to present a carbon neutral 10th annual conference!

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GreenTech 2017: a carbon-neutral certified event