IEG is proud to announce that it has offset 100% of its carbon emissions! Starting in 2011, IEG has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of our corporate carbon footprint (direct emissions, purchased energy, air travel, etc.) to track our carbon footprint, to help identify areas of potential reduction, and to provide metrics for participation in carbon offsetting programs. To date, we have offset over 530 tonnes of carbon and are excited to continue do our part to reduce our environmental impact through offsets and other activities. Please see below for our annual usage of CO2, and where we purchased our offsets from:
2012 – this was IEG’s base carbon footprint analysis year. The analysis indicated that IEG total emissions were 64.3 tonnes of CO2. IEG purchased carbon credits through the Cowichan Valley’s Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM). The CCM directs offsetting dollars back to the communities where they originate and monetizes locally-generated carbon credits, building community resilience.
2013 – 67.7 tonnes of CO2 were offset through the CCM.
2014 – 52.74 tonnes of CO2 were offset through the CCM.
2015 – 64.36 tonnes of CO2 were offset through the CCM.
2016 – 44.7 tonnes of CO2 were offset through the CCM.
2017 – this year IEG did not do a carbon footprint analysis. Instead we retrospectively purchased 79.4 tonnes of CO2 (based on the 2019 when we had a significantly bigger team and therefore a larger carbon footprint). Our CO2 was offset through the purchase of carbon credits with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). Through BEF we purchased offsets with the Kasigau REDD+ Project. Our purchase helps to prevent the destruction of these forests by providing sustainable economic alternatives to rural communities. The project now benefits over 100,000 rural Kenyans, through the distribution of carbon revenue, providing a low-carbon development pathway for the project area’s rural communities. Job creation is the core conservation strategy. Additionally, the project has created regional development of education, water access, women’s empowerment and small enterprise business opportunities, while agricultural intensification methods stop slash and burn and enhance food security. This video provides more information about the project.
2018 – similar to last year, we did not do a carbon footprint analysis and instead we retrospectively purchased 79.4 tonnes of CO2 with BEF. Through BEF, we purchased offsets from wind projects from across the United States. The renewable energy created by wind farms displaces the carbon emissions from traditional energy sources such as coal and natural gas.
2019 – based on our carbon footprint analysis, 79.4 tonnes of CO2 were offset through BEF. We purchased offsets with the Doe Mountain Forestry Offset Project which is located on more than 8,000 acres of mixed hardwoods in northeast Tennessee. It provides regular income stream for the recreation area’s trail and infrastructure improvements while conserving Doe Mountain’s visually stunning landscape for future generations. Prior to 2017, this land had no protections in place until the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority Board voted unanimously to increase the Doe Mountain forest carbon storage above the baseline level over a 40-year period, protecting the land from alternative scenarios such as subdivision and development or timber harvesting.
2020 –awaiting results of IEG’s carbon footprint analysis.