CARBON-NEUTRAL ENVELOPES AND POCKETS: OUR CONTRIBUTION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
- Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
Greenhouse gases (GHG) are gases found naturally in the atmosphere that retain the heat given off by the Earth to make it habitable. However, in recent years, as a result of human activities, mainly deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels, there has been an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and their concentration in the atmosphere. Scientists at the United Nations Climate Change Conference came to the conclusion that this increase in greenhouse gases is causing global warming and climate change, with potentially serious consequences for the environment.
Today, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change have become the most pressing environmental challenge in the world.
- The carbon footprint
As CO2 is the main greenhouse gas, the carbon footprint is considered to be 'the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an individual, organization, event or product'.
As part of our society’s increasing awareness of the importance of measuring and limiting our impact on the environment, one of the most widespread measures in use is the calculation of the carbon footprint. Once the size of this footprint is known, a strategy can be implemented to reduce it.
- What is the ISO 14064-1?
A responsible social and environmental approach requires a strict approach, and therefore if you really want to know the carbon footprint of a particular company, product or activity, it is essential that this calculation is carried out in accordance with an international standard that allows data and climate changes to be compared. The ISO 14064 and ISO 14065 standards are intended to give credibility and assurance to GHG emission reports and declarations to reduce or eliminate GHGs. These standards can be applied to all kinds of greenhouse gases and are not limited to CO2.
- Tompla, the first envelope manufacturer to calculate the carbon footprint in accordance with ISO 14064-1
Tompla, the leading envelope manufacturer and printer, has a responsible attitude towards its economic and social environment and has taken the initiative to manage its GHG emissions. The company has undertaken a detailed inventory of the carbon footprint involved in all its manufacturing processes, both direct and indirect, following the methodology of the ISO 14064-1 standard: paper, adhesives, dyes, envelope window plastics, transport, printing, energy, staff travel, etc. Based on this global inventory, Tompla has developed an exclusive methodology that allows us to make an exact calculation of the carbon footprint of all our products.
- Tompla – the first envelope manufacturer to audit its carbon footprint
Fully aware of the importance of this initiative for measuring and offsetting, our carbon footprint is backed by the most rigorous possible scientific endorsement, Tompla was also a pioneer in contracting the services of an internationally prestigious company to audit our carbon footprint and the method of calculating the footprint of our products. This company is Bureau Veritas, which in its report confirms that Tompla has developed a 'comprehensive methodology for calculating carbon emissions... including those of its supply chain... The data on activity during the period provide a reliable estimate of Tompla’s main sources of carbon dioxide emissions and comply with the principles and requirements defined in the ISO 14064-1 standard'. 'The methodology used by Tompla to calculate the emissions associated with the requirements of each client is robust.'
Being audited provides the utmost assurance for both us and our clients that we are on the right track, and we intend to progressively improve our management of GHG emissions.
- What is a carbon-neutral envelope?
The solid methodology developed by Tompla allows us to make a precise calculation of the carbon footprint of the envelopes we manufacture. Once the number of kilos of CO2 emissions has been established, Tompla offsets these emissions by purchasing carbon credits. Thus the net balance of GHG emissions for these envelopes is ZERO. The CO2 emitted is reabsorbed by the earth.
- How does Tompla offset its emissions?
Tompla offsets the CO2 emissions associated with the production of our carbon-neutral envelopes by the purchase of carbon credits for reforestation. The photosynthesis process of trees provides an efficient, natural method of reducing CO2 by absorbing it and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Tompla only buys carbon credits from reforestation projects certified by the VCS protocol (Voluntary Carbon Standard), such as the Tanzania–Uchindile-Mapanda project. An additional benefit of our action is that buying these carbon credits promotes development in this part of Africa through the reforestation activities we support. This project will transform barren land into sustainable forests, generating jobs and investment for the local community and protecting indigenous flora and fauna.
- How can YOU contribute in the fight against global warming?
By using Tompla envelopes you will not be contributing in any way to CO2 emissions as you have the assurance that their carbon footprint and subsequent offsetting have been audited by Bureau Veritas.
This applies to catalogue envelopes as well as printed ones, and even applies to the contents of the envelopes.
Tompla can issue, if required, a certificate to guarantee that your carbon footprint has been accurately calculated and offset.
With this initiative you are also contributing to reforestation and the development of people living in deprived areas of developing countries.
If your company already has its own Carbon Disclosure Project, Tompla can help you to achieve your target in your mailings, offering you all the assurance and rigor described above.