#SustyTalk: Velux's Ingrid Reumert on lifetime emissions and the ecological crisis
edie's SustyTalk series continues with Velux's VP for global communications, sustainability & public affairs Ingrid Reumert discussing how the window and blind manufacturer plans to account for its historic carbon emissions in order to become "lifetime carbon neutral".
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For this conversation, Reumert discusses the recent announcement from the Velux Group that it has pledged to offset 100% of its carbon emissions in the future and to capture the equivalent of its historical carbon footprint using nature-based climate solutions by 2041.
It has partnered with WWF to achieve the ambition, with the NGO set to use Velux’s funding to scale up afforestation and reforestation initiatives. Projects in Uganda and Myanmar will be backed in the first instance.
Enough carbon will be sequestered through the initiatives to account for Velux’s Scope 1 (direct), Scope 2 (power-related) and Scope 3 (indirect) emissions, under the commitment. As Velux does not have data dating back to its formation in 1941 for all of these sources, it is estimating its lifetime emissions using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard and having its calculations verified by WWF and The Carbon Trust.
“We were founded in 1941 and of course across all those years we’ve emitted CO2 to the atmosphere,” Reumert said. “We have a responsibility for what we’ve already let out. After 2050 we have to become carbon negative, which means capturing carbon from the atmosphere, we started looking into how we could do that.
“We wanted to deal with not on climate change, but also the biodiversity crisis. The loss of nature gets lost in the climate change debate. We looked if we could find a way to account for our historic emissions but also focusing on biodiversity loss as the best and most sustainable way forward.”
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