Climate neutrality

CLIMATE NEUTRALITY

In SEA we offer our clients consulting and outsourcing activities aimed at achieving climate neutrality. In order to achieve this we count on experts with international experience working with governments, United Nations and private enterprises in managing tools to measure, reduce and offset emissions of greenhouse gases.
We offer clear proposals to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (responsible for climate change) and / or offset those emissions that can not be avoided at companies who have decided to take action regarding their responsibility to climate change.
In the last years, as climate change is no longer a distant issue but a serious problem, the level of awareness about the consequences of environmental change has increased. This has led, in turn, to an increase in companies that act to mitigate the impact their operations have on the environment.
Companies linked to services sectors can stop being a passive actor in environmental issues. As it is required to the industries not to pollute the water and air, the financial, banking, commercial, transport sectors among others, are also being required to take steps to reduce and mitigate their contribution to climate change.

The footprint step by step

  • The first step is to assess the situation of each client.
  • The second is to present a set of technically sound options which can be managed directly by SEA.
  • The third step is to support the dissemination of the results.

A unique proposal to compensate in Uruguay

In SEA we have developed a unique system adapted to Uruguay by which companies can at the same time:

  • Neutralizing its GHG emissions, supporting them to become carbon neutral.
  • To protect the biodiversity of Uruguay.
  • To recover the lost of natural forest.
  • To protect the country´s water sources.

 

The farms receive technical support to plan the comprehensive use of all or part of its property; to carry out reforestation; for biodiversity conservation and / or estimate the potential carbon content in areas to conserve and / or to reforest.

Due to the limited extent of natural forest area in the country and of the high transaction costs and implementation of a REDD mechanism, it is more feasible to create a mechanism that combines international and national scale.

 

By joining this initiative companies can achieve the goal of being carbon neutral and simultaneously obtain other social and environmental benefits. The forests which are planted or prevented from further deforestation, besides bringing benefits in terms of climate change by absorbing greenhouse gases, they represent a number of additional benefits (also called multiple benefits) in terms of biodiversity, water quality, etc.

Basic information about carbon footprint

What is the carbon footprint?

All utilities emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) as a result of its operations. These emissions are known as the carbon footprint of the company. This footprint can be measured, monitored, mitigated and compensated.

Is it possible to offset the footprint?

After measuring the footprint and undertaken mitigation actions (initiatives to reduce GHG emissions) there will still be a remnant of GHG, which can not be avoided. However, that remnant itself can be compensated.

How?

Compensation can take many forms, but the goal is always to absorb greenhouse gases that are emitted by the company. This absorption can take the form of tree planting in order to absorb the same amount of GHG emitted by the company, it can be by paying to avoid the deforestation of an area that otherwise would be deforested and therefore will emit greenhouse gases contained in the trees, or it can also be by buying carbon credits from projects that have reduced GHG emissions somewhere in the world.

What can be done in Uruguay?

While greenhouse gases have a global effect and, therefore the effects of its impacts on the climate are independent to the place where they have been emitted, AAE believes that the best is to take compensation actions in the same place where emissions have been made, at least regarding to the country where the company operates, in this case in Uruguay.